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  Harry E. Chrisman, former Liberal author and historian, donated a large collection of his writings, photographs, and other items to Liberal Memorial Library for the purpose of research. This database searches the contents of the Chrisman Collection.  
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CallNo: C2-J2  
Descriptive Title: A Rancher's treasure find   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"   Condition: 
Text: A Ranchers Treasure Find - T.J. McMillan, Milburn, Nebraska rancher, while digging post holes near an old corral, unearthed the heart-shaped branding iron shown above, hanging on the old log cabin wall. The corral had been used many years before on the Rankin Ranch for branding horses. The old iron proved to be the Heart Brand of the famous Olive Brothers, who had ranched in that area in 1877. The iron had been buried for 80 years. The author offered McMillan $100.00 for his relic but hte rancher would not sell. Photo by author. (sentence underlined)
Misc Info: Has picture with it.
Subject: Branding iron
T.J. McMillan
Milburn, Nebraska
ranchers
log cabin
corral
Rankin Ranch
1877
Olive Brothers
heart brand relics
  Related to:  P127-J2
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CallNo: N202-D1a3  
Descriptive Title: Branding on the plains   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 3/8 x 2 7/16   Condition: good
Text: [on negative] #30 BRANDING ON THE PLAINS [on side of negative] Kodak Safety Film
Misc Info: 5 cowboys in negative branding cattle. One cowboy has branding iron and is about to brand a cow that is on the ground. Two cowboys hold the cow down; other cowboy standing behind the one with the branding iron. Another cowboy is to the left wrestling with another cow. Large herd of cattle in background.
Subject: branding
cowboys
cattle
men
pasture
plains
cattle herd
  Related to:  P55
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CallNo: P126-D1a3  
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Descriptive Title: Two cowboys branding a cow   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:Mrs. Frank Stefan, Liberal, KS
Size: 4 x 5 3/4   Condition: good
Text: [back] Reduce to 4 1/2" x 3"; 3 col ; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [stamp appears 2 times]Harry E. Chrisman Liberal address stamp appears once but is hard to read. [note 1] Copy J Con Jackson, Famous bronc rider, and Lee Larrabee, old friend of Charles Hancock, [insert symbol] standing branding on the Cimarron River, 1895. Hancock, as a boy, rode on the roundup with these men [Hancock, as a boy, rode on the roundup with these men is crossed out] Photo courtesy Mrs. Frank Stefan, Liberal, Kansas [note 2] Job # 302760H Ref# 10 .12/1.57 Page# 144-EB HT (circled) Shoot at 81%
Misc Info: Picture of 2 men, 2 horses, 1 cow, 1 man bending over, 2nd man branding cow.
Subject: Branding
cowboys
cows
horses
Con Jackson
Lee Larrabee
Charles Hancock
Cimarron River
1895
open range
  Related to:  C1-A3hd
Other: Photo has tape on top back.    

CallNo: P127-J2  
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Descriptive Title: Heart branding iron   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 1/2 x 2 3/4   Condition: very good
Text: [back] 1 - 5 x 7 Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Picture of side of a log cabin with heart branding iron and section of what looks like a deer antler on wall.
Subject: Branding iron
T.J. McMillan
Milburn, Nebraska
ranchers
log cabin
corral
Rankin Ranch
1877
Olive Brothers
heart brand relics
  Related to:  C2-J2
Other: Photo has tape on top front.    

CallNo: P12-F1b  
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Descriptive Title: Bernard Lemert   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 4 15/16 x 7 1/8   Condition: very good
Text: [back] Bernard Lemert 1868-1957 Liberal, Kansas forman of Crooked L - 1890-95; Brand inspector for Southwest Cattleman's Association, 1895-1903 [front]On vehicle front plate says HUTCHINSON.
Misc Info: Mr. Lemert sitting in front of a truck. Has glasses and a tie on. Arms are in lap.
Subject: Bernard Lemert
foreman
Crooked L
brand inspector
Southwest Cattleman's Assoc.
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CallNo: P18-F2f1  
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Descriptive Title: D.C. Mastin Ranch Outfit on Roundup   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:Kansas State Historical Society
Size: 7 5/16 x 9 11/16   Condition: very good
Text: [back] Reduce to 4 1/2 x 3" [brand symbol drawn] Please credit the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka; Return to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215; Hands and chuck wagon on D.C. Mastin ranch, Cimarron 1885 [note 1] Job # 302760H (underlined) Ref # 9 .17/1.55 (underlined) Page # 144-E (underlined) A (dotted line) HT (circled) LINE D.O.H.T. O.L.HT DUO RESCR Shoot at 51% (underlined) [note 2] Copy I (circled) D.C. Mastin Ranch Outfit on Roundup (underlined) Operating in No Man's Land in 1885, these are the type of men young Charles E. Hancock rode among in his youth. Mastin branded 7L(brand symbol). Photo courtesy Kansas State Historical Society. Brand: __ 7L
Misc Info: Picture is of a group of men on horseback. Looks like they are in a camp with rocks in the background. There is a chuckwagon with the cook standing beside it. There is also a tent in the foreground and brush and a tree in the background.
Subject: Roundup
outfit
No Man's Land
Charles Hancock
Brand
1885
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Other: Photo has tape tear marks on top back    

CallNo: P23-F1b  
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Descriptive Title: Marion Eldridge, Sr. with horse   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:personal collection
Size: 4 7/8 x 7 1/8   Condition: very good
Text: [back] Marion Eldridge, Sr. Oklahoma Panhandle Foreman of Hardesty Ranch (brand symbol drawn (S on it's side with s down) Return to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215
Misc Info: Eldridge standing next to horse with his hand on saddle. Picture is fuzzy.
Subject: Marion Eldridge
Oklahoma Panhandle
Hardesty Ranch
Brand
horses
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CallNo: P55-D1a3  
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Descriptive Title: Branding a cow   Type: Print
Date of Origin: ca. 1880   Provenance:
Size: 4 x 6 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] #30 Branding on the Plains. [back] Branding on the JJ Ranch, No Man's Land - circa 1880. Photo by R.W. Day Pioneer Photographer. Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas.
Misc Info: 3 men holding a cow, 1 branding the cow. 1 standing up watching and 1 man catching another cow. Cow herd in the background.
Subject: Branding
cowboys
cows
brand
plains
JJ Ranch
No Man's Land
R.W. Day Photo
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CallNo: P59-D1a3  
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Descriptive Title: Cowboys bringing calves to brand   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2   Condition: excellent
Text: [on picture] No. 2. Cow Boy's Delight. Bringing Calves to brand.
Misc Info: Cattle herd in background. 2 cowboys on horses, each has a calf roped and they are walking towards camera.
Subject: Cowboys
cow herd
branding
calves
open range
roping
horses
  Related to:  N124
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CallNo: P64-H1b  
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Descriptive Title: Red River, Texas marker   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:private collection - Chrisman Collection
Size: 4 1/16 x 5   Condition: good
Text: [back] Marker at site of Doan's Store at "Red River Crossing." The names and brands of many old friends of the Olives are etched into the granite stone of this marker. Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74, Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas Note (brand symbol) "chain C" of 1876. [back note] Marker at Doan's Crossing of Red River, Texas. At the ford and cattle crossing of Red River, at Doan's Crossing, this stone marker is erected in memory of the trail drivers of Texas. The Olive Brothers crossed here with many herds from Texas and many of the names of their neighbors of the trail are shown engraved on the stone. - Photo by author (underlined). [marker in photo - brand symbols accompany names] C.F. Doan HVS; D.R. Fant; A.S. Ross; Millet; John Camp; C.T. Word; J.C. Sumner; EPH Harrold; T.D. Bugbee; J.K. Payne; W.B. Worsham; Richard King; Doc Burnett; M.A. Withers; T.M. Hobsen; Newman Bros.; John R. Blocker; Hindes & Oden; Shanghai Pierce; C.T. Herring; R.L. Castlebury; S.B. Burnett; St. Andrew Myers; C.W. Word; R.B. Masterson; Geo. Littlefield; Mrs. Amanda Burks; J.G. Ayers; J.R. Ross; Millett & Irvin; Ellison & Deweese; J. Doan; Lot Adams; J.H. Watts; Jim Reed; Mrs. Rabb; W.S. Ikard; J.R. Sumner; Bill Butler; B.L. Crouch; W.H. Meyers; John T. Lytle; Meyer Halff; Ike T. Pryob; Jim Ellison; W.H. Wheeler; Charley Neal; J.P. Hamilton; Thomas O'Connor; C.C. Slaughter; Eddleman Bros.; Lee & Reynolds; Lee Kokernot; Bud Matthews; Lytle & Schreiner; Mitchell & Presnall; Nutter & Neville; D. Waggoner & son; Adair & Goodnigh; Gudden, Warren & Sanborn; S.B. Scoville 7LX
Misc Info: Stone marker at Red River, Texas lists names of trail drivers and their brands.
Subject: stone marker
Red River, Texas
engraved names
livestock brands
Doan's store
Olive family
Doan's Crossing
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Other: Photo has tape and tape tear marks on left back.