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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: C9-H1d1  
Descriptive Title: Allen Nichols, Th'er at work   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/8 x 7"   Condition: good
Text: [front] Allen Nichols, Th'er at Work Allen Nichols tests the area at Old Fargo Springs, Kansas, and finds that the old ghost town set xxxxxxx some distance away from the large brick schoolbuilding which is generally associated as the old townsite today. Nichols is using modern detection equipment to locate the sand-choked, grass-covered cellers to the old homes. The Cimarron River flows just a few rods to the south. Photo by author. (sentence underlined)
Misc Info: Comment was with 2 pictures of Allen Nichols.
Subject: Fargo Springs
Allen Nichols
metal detector
Kansas
ghost town
school
root cellers
Cimarron River
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P217-H1d1
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CallNo: NC10-H1d1  
Descriptive Title: The Pride of Fargo Springs   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: August 17, 1960   Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 9"   Condition: fair
Text: The pride of Fargo Springs in its day, this is the way the Fargo Springs brick schoolhouse... Picturesque were the ruins of the old Fargo Springs brick schoolhouse in later years...
Misc Info: Has 2 pictures top one is of Fargo Springs schoolhouse; bottom is of the ruins.
Subject: Fargo Springs
school house R.A. Evans
Mrs. H.C. Evans
Mrs. F.T. St. Aubyn teacher
Mrs. Frank G. Boles L.D. Weidensaul
U.S. Highway 83 Cimarron River Bridge
landmarks Southwest Daily Times
"The Little White" Christian Church
First Christian Church
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CallNo: P121-B2a  
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Descriptive Title: 6 horse freight wagon   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/8 x 7 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [back] Brother Walter Hill Freight Wagon 6-horse hitch pulling wagon and "trail" Courtesy Paul Custer, now of [Thermopolis], Wyo Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [note] Walter Hill of the Custer Ranch driving a 6-horse hitch to his freight wagon. Supplemental horse and cattle feed was freighted in the winter to the ranches on the Cimarron from Arkalon, Fargo Springs, Springfield and, later, from Liberal. Note the lantern on the step on side. Many hauls extended far into the night. Photo courtesy Paul Custer (sentence underlined).
Misc Info: 6 horse team with wagon + 2nd wagon (feed bags in 2nd) attached. Man on seat looking at camera holding whip. Big building with fence.
Subject: Freight wagon
horse teams
Walter Hill
Custer Ranch
Cimarron, Kansas
Arkalon, Kansas
Fargo Springs, Kansas
feed
Springfield, Kansas
Liberal, Kansas Paul Custer photo
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Other: Photo has tape tear on top back.    

CallNo: P163-H1f  
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Descriptive Title: Fargo Springs   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 1/16 x 2 3/16   Condition: very good
Text: [note] Site of old Fargo Springs, the town. Now a ghost site, this area [this area crossed out] Here was once the [the crossed out] thriving town of Fargo Springs, Kans. [of Fargo Springs, Kans. crossed out] In the distance a half mile is the tree-shaded line marking the Cimarron, near which flowed the great spring where Jed Smith met his death at the hands of the Comanches. Photo by author [Photo by author is underlined; author is crossed out] Harry E. Chrisman
Misc Info: Picture is of open plains with a road. Man is standing off from road. Note is glued to photo.
Subject: Fargo Springs
town
ghost site
Cimarron River
Jed Smith
Comanches
Harry E. Chrisman
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CallNo: P164-F1b  
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Descriptive Title: Harry E. Chrisman   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 7/16 x 2 3/8   Condition: very good
Text: [note] The author, GI-shovel on his shoulder, searches for the "lost spring" on the Cimarron. Photo courtesy author. [Photo courtesy author. is underlined]
Misc Info: Picture of Chrisman from waist up holding a shovel. Has cowboy hat on.
Subject: Harry E. Chrisman
Fargo Springs
Cimarron
GI-shovel
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Other: Note is glued onto the picture.    

CallNo: P213-H1d1  
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Descriptive Title: Chrisman sitting on a fallen tree   Type: Print
Date of Origin: June 30, 1962   Provenance:
Size: 2 1/2 x 2 3/4   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Kodak Safety Film [back] June 30, 1962; Harry E. Chrisman at Harwood Ranch; + 4 1/2; July 2 (crossed out); June 30, 1962 [note 1] Order form from Johnson Publishing Co. 839 Pearl Street P.O. Box 990 Boulder, Colorado. #4240. [note 2] 14 ems; site of old Harwood Ranch; The author is shown near the spring at the old Harwood Ranch, one of the first in Seward County. The location was known as Harwoodville, and the county's first news-paper was published there, "The Prairie Owl." The Harwoodville post office was established there on July 27, 1885, the office moving to Fargo Springs and taking on the name of that village on December 22, 1885. W.I. Harwood, Dodge City cattleman "with range west of the Adobe Walls Trail," was the principal. His brand was a Circle Cross L connected. (Photo [underlined] by xxxxxxx courtesy the author [by xxxx crossed out; courtesy the author underlined and crossed out]. From Harry E. Chrisman June 30, 1962 Make cut about 1/2 page wide across page. [back] "They killed Jed Smith"
Misc Info: There is a photocopy of this photo with the same number. Photo has tape mark on bottom back.
Subject: Harwood Ranch
Spring
Seward County
Harwoodville
A Prairie Owl newspaper
Harwoodville post office
July 27, 1885 December 22, 1885
Fargo Springs
W.I. Harwood
Dodge City cattleman
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CallNo: P214-H1d1  
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Descriptive Title: Robert Evans at Fargo Springs site   Type: Print
Date of Origin: June 30, 1962   Provenance:
Size: 2 7/16 x 2 7/16   Condition: good
Text: [back] Bob Evans at Fargo Springs June 30, 1962. Copy of Picture [front] Bob Evans (Liberal) says this was Wagon [D] or [B]ody Springs [?]. Order slip from Johnson Publishing Co. 839 Pearl Street P.O. Box 990 Boulder, Colorado. #4240. [note] Old Fargo Springs? Robert Evans, son of pioneers who lived in the Fargo Springs region since boyhood, stands on the location where he heard the old Fargo xxxx Spring was located. This location is a mile to the northeast of the old town site of Fargo Springs. (Photo by author (author crossed out) Harry E. Chrisman.) 14 [ems] (straight line drawn) Make cut about 1/2 page wide (across page). "Today's News Today" (crossed out) [back] They killed Jed Smith
Misc Info: Picture is of a man standing in an open area with brush and hills behind him. Photo has tear on back top. There is a copy of this photo.
Subject: Fargo Springs
Robert Evans
Wagon Body Springs
June 30, 1962
pioneers
Jed Smith
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CallNo: P216-H1d1  
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Descriptive Title: Allen Nichols with metal detector close up   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/8 x 2 1/2   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Kodak Safety Film C4 [back] Allen Nichols at old Fargo Springs; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas.
Misc Info: Picture is of a close-up of a man standing with a metal detector. Photo has tape on top front.
Subject: Fargo Springs
Allen Nichols
metal detector
Kansas
ghost town
school
root cellers
Cimarron River
  Related to:  P217-H1d1
C9-H1d1
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CallNo: P217-H1d1  
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Descriptive Title: Man with metal detector far away   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2   Condition: very good
Text: [front] A; Kodak [back] Allen Nichols at old Fargo Springs; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas.
Misc Info: Picture is of man in open range holding a metal detector. He is standing at a distance.
Subject: Fargo Springs
Allen Nichols
metal detector
Kansas
ghost town
school
root cellers
Cimarron River
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C9-H1d1
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CallNo: P320-F2a  
Descriptive Title: Old Fargo Springs School   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1955   Provenance:
Size: 3 x 4 5/16"   Condition: good
Text: [back] Mr + Mrs Bernard Lemert and Catherine Chrisman 1955 at Old Fargo Springs (Ks) School
Misc Info: Photo is of 2 women and 1 man standing with rocks in front of them. There are 2 automobiles behind them. They are on the open plains.
Subject: Fargo Springs School
Bernard Lemert
Old Fargo Springs School
Kansas
School
Scrapbook
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Other: There is tape on the top front of the photo. Photo has two yellow glue lines on back. Has notation it was in a scrapbook. 56-61 p1R A Scrapbook    

CallNo: P322-F2a  
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Descriptive Title: Fargo Springs School   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1955   Provenance:
Size: 3 9/16 x 5 1/4   Condition: good
Text: [front] FARGO SPRINGS SCHOOL APR 1955 [back] Bernard Lemert "Aunt Betty" Lemert Catherine Chrisman 1955
Misc Info: Photo is of 2 women and 1 man standing on a hill. There are rocks or bricks in the foreground. There is a car behind the hill and another front end of a car on the right side.
Subject: Fargo Springs School
Bernard Lemert
Betty Lemert
Aunt Betty
Catherine Chrisman
Automobiles
Hill
Rocks
Open plains
Scrapbook
  Related to:  P321
Other: Plastic sleeve has a notation 56-61 p. 1R-C Scrapbook Photo has tape on top and bottom front.    

CallNo: P345-H1c2  
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Descriptive Title: Corlett gravesite   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/4   Condition: good
Text: [front] [on big marker] ARTHUR F. CORLETT AGED 23 YEARS [on small marker] A MEMBER OF COMPANY D. 2nd Regt. K.N.G. [back] Soldier's grave [ ier's g is underlined] Picture No. 5 [Picture No. 5 is crossed out] Looking east from Old Fargo Springs Arthur F. Corlett grave [stamp] KODAK VELOX PAPER
Misc Info: Photo is of a huge bell shaped marker with a name on it. Leaning against that is a smaller marker with writing on it. Marker is on a big plain. Photo has yellow tape stain on top and bottom,in the front and back
Subject: Arthur F. Corlett
Grave
Marker
Soldier
Fargo Springs
Scrapbook
Company D, Second regiment
Kansas National Guard
  Related to:  P319
Other: Plastic sleeve has notation 56-61 p 4-A    

CallNo: P348-A5a  
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Descriptive Title: Wreck of old ranch SE of Fargo Springs   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 1/2 x 4 1/2   Condition: fair
Text: [back] Wreck [wreck underlined twice] of old ranch build southeast of Fargo Springs 2 miles. 3 Col time 750 [750 is circled] [+ or x] 240 [240 is circled]
Misc Info: Photo is of 2 buildings that have caved in. Small building on the left is behind a wood fence. The roof is bowed in. The building on the right has one wall standing. The rest is the roof on the ground. Looks like a round stock tank with a barrel in it, in the far right bottom corner. Photo has yellow glue stain covering the back.
Subject: Gurney Ranch
Ranch
Ruins
Fargo Springs
Building
Scrapbook
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Other: Plastic sleeve has notation 56-61 p 6-A Gurney Ranch