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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: P180-F1b  
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Descriptive Title: Charles Rath   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7   Condition: good
Text: [back] Property of Harry E. Chrisman Lane D Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas; 36E; Charles Rath [note] Bob Rath worked at Liberal, KS Drug Store and I knew him well. Had many interesting talks with him. HEC Charles Rath 1838 - ? Dodge City - Rath City- Mobeetie - Fort Griffin [paragraph starts] Merchant, Indian trader, hide buyer, Charles Rath was one of the best-known men in the Southwest Plains area. He married Carrie Markely in Sweet Wine, Ohio, in 1870, came to Kansas in 1871, to Dodge City in 1872. Carrie returned to Ohio in 1873 where their first child, Jesse Crane, a son, was born. Had she remained in Dodge he would have been the first white child born there. [next paragraph] Rath had two brothers at Dodge ---- Criss and William. Wm lived over the old frame store building, corner of Bridge (Second) and Front Streets. [next paragraph] Rath had two other children by Carrie Markley Rath --- a son Robert and a daughter Bertha. Robert was a popular Dodge pharmacist for many years. Charles Rath later had a second wife, an Indian maiden. Photo courtesy original Robert E. Eagen Collection, Dodge City, Kansas. [Photo courtesy original Robert E. Eagen Collection is underlined]
Misc Info: Picture is a portrait of a man in a suit with short hair and moustache. Came with a clipping and note.
Subject: Charles Rath
Indian trader
hide buyer
Southwest Plains
Carrie Markley
Sweet Wine, Ohio Bertha Rath
1870 Bridge Street Front Street Robert Rath
Dodge City, Kansas Criss Rath William Rath
1871 Jesse Crane Indian maiden pharmacist
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Other: Photo has 4 glue spots on top back. Photo has tape on top and right back.    

CallNo: P195-A1  
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Descriptive Title: J.W. Tire Street Scene   Type: Print
Date of Origin: July 1959   Provenance:
Size: 3 7/16 x 5 5/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] J.W. Tire; Jul '59 [back] J.W. (Jarvis + Wolf) Tire Shop Last of the old-time buildings on Front Street, Dodge City, KS. To the right of old building is brick bldg setting opposite the Santa Fe Passenger Station. Circa 1926-28. Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas [stamp] KODAK VELOX PAPER
Misc Info: Picture is of street scene with J.W. Tire building. A vehicle parked in front with two people sitting on a bench. Across street 8 vehicles are parked.
Subject: Javis and Wolf Tire Shop
J.W. Tire Shop
Front Street
Dodge City, Kansas
Santa Fe Passenger Station
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CallNo: PC28-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: Front Street south of railroad tracks   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: fair
Text: [front] Rawling - Front St. south of railroad tracks. 119 [back] Post Card; Place Stamp Here; Address; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D., Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Location unknown unless Rawling is the name of a town; no correspondence; street scene with store fronts. Cozy saloon, the Alamo and [south side saloon?]
Subject: Front Street
The Alamo
Cozy Saloon
dirt street
hills in background
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