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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.  
CallNo: C7-F1b  
Descriptive Title: Carl Smith obituary comment   Type: Comments
Date of Origin: 2-26-1976   Provenance:
Size: 4 x 6"   Condition: good
Text: obituary 2-26-76 Carl Smith (age 117) of Seattle, Wash., was a rider at one time for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and Pawnee Bill Wild West Show. Not photo available adn just brief editorial in local paper from ass. press. Denver Post might have picked this up on their ass. press wire. Probably the last one of the old show group to die. Walt Thayer
Misc Info: hand-written note on white paper; ink is mostly blue; it's black where the author wrote over words. Looks like it was folded in half at some time. (This was found with Smith Ranch negatives.)
Subject: Carl Smith
Seattle, Washington
Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
Pawnee Bill Wild West Show
Associated Press
Denver Post
Walt Thayer
  Related to:  P152-5a through P160-5a
N63-5a through N69-5a

CallNo: NC8-F1b  
Descriptive Title: Carl Smith Obituary   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: 2-26-1976   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 3 7/8"   Condition: good
Text: W. Thayer, Box 2175, Wenatchee, Wash. 98801; Wenatchee (Wa.) World, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1976 13; Former Wild West Show rider, 117, dies; Seattle (AP) - Former Buffalo Bill Wild West Show rider Carl Smith, the son of a slave and a Cherokee Indian mother, has died here at age 117. Smith said he was born on Christmas Day in Cherokee, Kan., in 1858. His father fled to Kansas after escaping slavery in Virginia. (next paragraph) He rode in the Pawnee Bill wild west show, and served in the Army for 30 years. He fought in frontier Indian skirmishes before the turn of the century and also served in Cuba and the Philippines. (next paragraph) Smith, who died Sunday, worked as a longshoreman for 23 years after coming to Seattle in 1916. (next paragraph) Services are planned for today. There are no known survivors.
Misc Info: Newspaper clipping of obituary; address label, white at top; headline in italic font
Subject: Carl Smith
W. Thayer
Wenatchee, Washington
Wenatchee World
longshoreman Cherokee, Kansas
Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
Seattle, Washington Cherokee Indian Cuba
Pawnee Bill Wild West Show
Army Virginia
  Related to:  C7-F1b