Funk, Isaac Kauffmann (1839–1912)
Born in Clinton, Ohio, Funk worked in the field of religious
journalism before becoming director and principal proprietor
of the publishing house Funk and Wagnalls. A well-known psychical
investigator and author of several books on the paranormal,
Funk was converted to a belief in Spiritualism by the medium
May Pepper of Brooklyn, New York, through whom he
received a manifestation from Richard Hodgson a few weeks
after Hodgson’s death, and by numerous other important incidents.
James H. Hyslop, in his book Contact with the Other World
(1919), devotes a chapter to claimed spirit communication
from Funk through the mediumship of Minnie Meserve Soule
(Mrs. Chenoweth).
Sources
Funk, Isaac K. The Next Step in Evolution; The Present Step.
LondonNew York Funk & Wagnalls, 1902.
———. The Psychic Riddle. LondonNew York Funk & Wagnalls,
1907.
———. The Widow’s Mite and other Psychic Phenomena. LondonNew
York Funk & Wagnalls, 1904.