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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: D9-F2f1  
Descriptive Title: Old Cowboy Ed Wright on horse   Type: Document
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/4 x 8"   Condition: 
Text: about the author Ed Wright in my opinion ... [copy of document attached]
Misc Info: Has picture of Ed Wright on a horse. It was from a book dust jacket. Was in manila envelope. There are three of these.
Subject: cowboys
Ed Wright
rodeo clown
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Wyoming buckaroo
Barnum and Bailey Circus T. Joe Cahill
Gene Fowler Red Fenwick Denver Post
All-Round Wold Championship Plano, Illinois
Duarte, California horse trainer
  Related to:  E5-F2f1
D1-F2f1 through D9-F2f1

CallNo: NC2-E1a6  
Descriptive Title: Rodeo article about Ralph Doubleday's photos and photo examples   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: September 1989   Provenance:newspaper article by Chrisman
Size: 4 1/2 x 8"   Condition: very good
Text: [article] Working the early rodeo "I thoroughly enjoyed Willard Porter's "Shooting the Rodeo" (April 1989 TRUE WEST) ... An acquaintence of mine, Rusty Morse, of Arvada, Colorado, wrote in the Denver Post's Empire Magazine, August 6, 1978, that Doubleday was buried in an unmarked grave at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in his sister's plot. His casket, Morse wrote, bore a ten-gallon hat, the gift of his friend, movie star Tom Mix. - Harry E. Chrisman, 10245 W. 14th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80215. [caption under pictures] Harry Chrisman's photo collection includes R.R. Doubleday's photo of Bonnie Grey on King Tut at left. Though Doubleday photographed the Scottsbluff, Nebraska, rodeo in 1922, the only photos of that event that Chrisman has found so far were taken by C.F. Smith, such as the one of Phil Yoder at right.
Misc Info: Clipping of article by Chrisman about Ralph Doubleday and his rodeo photos. Two rodeo pictures, one by Doubleday and the other by C.F. Smith.
Subject: Ralph Doubleday photos Council Bluffs, Iowa rodeo
Willard Porter Denver Post's Empire Magazine
"Shooting the Rodeo" rodeo arena automobile cowboy
True West Tom Mix Harry Chrisman Denver, Colorado
Scottsbluff, Nebraska C.F. Smith Ralph Stephenmier
Phil Yoder American Legion Roy Rasch Bonnie Grey
George Woodward Forres "Cowboy" Richardson
Ed Wright Pinky Gist "King Tut" horses fence gate
rodeo clown Rusty Morse Arvada, Colorado
spectators trees Phillip T. Smith, DVM
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CallNo: NC6-F2f1  
Descriptive Title: Ridin' the Range   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: April 27, 1975   Provenance:
Size: 5 x 13"   Condition: 
Text: The Sunday Denver Post April 27, 1975 24 * Ridin' the Range Cowboy Ed: 'No job for a kid' with Red Fenwick...
Misc Info: Was in manila envelope.
Subject: cowboys
Ed Wright
Denver Post
Red Fenwick The Representative
T-Joe Cahill Gene Fowler Duke Lee Billy Killem
Dick Hornbuckle rodeo
Cheyenne Frontier Days Wyoming State Fair
National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK
Gus Nylen J.H. Strickland Billy Bran
Valley Center, CA Plano, Ill Douglas, Wyo.
  Related to:  E5-F2f1
D1-F2f1 through D9-F2f1

CallNo: P122-E1a2  
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Descriptive Title: Bonnie Grey on   Type: Print
Date of Origin: Ca. 1922   Provenance:
Size: 4 1/16 x 5   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Bonnie Grey on King Tut jumping Au[to]. Doubleday [back] Bonnie Grey on "King Tut jumping over an Auto (Hudson Touring) © Doubleday. Re: Cheyenne Frontier Days. No Date (circa 1922) Return photo to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 Newspaper clipping: After that day's rodeo was over, I exercised horses, cleaned stalls and finally made the big time. Hugh and Mabel Strickland were there along with Bonnie Gray, all trick riders, and I helped with their prize horses. I don't recall whether it was that year or later, but at one time, as part of her act, Bonnie jumped her horse, King Tut, over an open touring car (convertible) loaded with dignitaries. Terrible Tumble Red stretches the rawhide pretty thin here: At the end of the jump, Bonnie missed a stirrup and was thrown. Her leather skirt caught on the saddlehorn and, in plain view of the audience, she was peeled naked as the hub caps on the car she'd just jumped. That year, Mable Strickland won The Denver Post Ladies'Relay Race. At the time, of course, I never realized that years later as a representative of that great newspaper, I was to put an end to that event for one valid reason: There wasn't a lady in it. The riders all had whiskers--and wore snoods packed with horse hair. Since that time we've sponsored the wild horse race. And you can bet there's no women in it. The lib movement hasn't gone that far. On my first visit the rodeo lasted only four days. I rode home on a Burlington freight train. This year, starting next Saturday afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest, wildest, most exciting rodeo in the world will run nine days. And I'll get up there for a day at least --somehow or other. Red Fenwick Fenwick Denver Post 7-18-71
Misc Info: Newspaper article attached by Red Fenwick Denver Post 7-18-71
Subject: Bonnie Grey
King Tut
Trick riding
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Doubleday photo
Hudson touring auto
Denver Post
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Other: Photo has tape on top back and left back.    

CallNo: P324-H1c3  
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Descriptive Title: May Jackson's Grave   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1954   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/8 x 4 5/8   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] May Jackson 1915 [on headstone] [back] Mag - Unforgotten Circus Girl - May 29 - Page 5 750[or 780] [circled] 240 [circled] Picture NO. 6 [crossed out] May Jackson Grave [Grave underlined twice] Liberal, Kansas 1954 Return To: Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt 74, BBC Liberal, Kansas 3 col [underlined] [?] Hutch Herald: This pic used in Denver Post May 29-'55 [circled]
Misc Info: Photo is of May Jackson grave stone. There are hands touching the flowers behind stone. Left hand has ring on ring finger and a watch. There is a shadow of a person's head with a hat on.
Subject: May Jackson
Grave stone
Circus girl
Hutchinson Herald
Denver Post
Liberal, Kansas
  Related to:  P323
Other: Plastic sleeve has notation: 56-61 p 2 Envelope