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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: C8-E1c  
Descriptive Title: From Thursday, October 24 Guymon Herald   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"   Condition: good
Text: [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [attached copy] From Thurs., Oct., 24 Guymon Herald (newspaper name underlined) -- Quoted from Liberal News (newspaper name underlined) [headline] FIRST AEROPLANE FLIGHT IN LIBERAL, OCT. 13, 1912 [paragraph] The plane spent some time in the air and reached an elevation of six hundred feet and sailed around the fairground for several minutes during the two flights. The first flight, however, came near being a fatal one. The plane ran down the center of the race track before take-off. As it left the ground, tumble weeds on the track clung to the steering gear beneath the plane. When the plane reached an elevation of about 200 feet the operator found he could not steer the plane properly. The plane dipped recklessly and threatened, ast he editor of the Liberal News (newspaper name underlined) told to, "turn turtle." The aviator managed to make a safe landing after banking precariously for his return to the landing field. "Those weeds made that sharp turn, not I," he told the spectators. "You folks saw the sharpest turn made that can be made in an aeroplane and not spill the operator out onto the ground!" The spectators who failed to hear the pilot's words after the spectacular event never knew but what it was all a part of the show.
Misc Info: Is a typed comment from Chrisman
Subject: Aeroplane flight
Liberal, Kansas
Guymon Herald
Liberal News
Oct. 13, 1912
fairgrounds
airplanes
aeroplanes
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CallNo: E15  
Descriptive Title: Photo envelope with negatives N159-N168   Type: Envelope
Date of Origin: April 25, 1961   Provenance:
Size:    Condition: good
Text: Customer's Name: Harry E. Chrisman; Address: Times [other ink] Dead Coyotes on Fence; Size of Films: 120; No. of Prints Each Neg: 1; Special Instructions: Joseph Smalley - Rock Island super pix; Number of Prints: 10; Total Price: 105. [date stamp] Received Apr 25 5 56 AM '61; Southwest Photo Supply, Inc., 8 South Kansas, Liberal, Kansas; No. 338
Misc Info: Photo envelope which contained several negatives. The photos were ordered by Harry Chrisman, and had date of processing.
Subject: photo envelope
Harry E. Chrisman
Southwest Daily Times
coyotes
Joseph Smalley
Rock Island
Southwest Photo Supply, Inc.
Liberal, Kansas
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CallNo: E28  
Descriptive Title: Business men   Type: Envelope
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 5/8 x 6 1/2   Condition: good
Text: Front: Meade, Kansas (crossed out) group - Convention or meeting about 1900-10 (Has red line under that) Liberal businessmen } group of Liberal Kansas businessmen
Misc Info: This envelope had negatives N93, and 2 of N94 in it.
Subject: Business men
Liberal, Kansas
Meade, Kansas
Convention
1900-1910
Meeting
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N94
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CallNo: E3-F2a1  
Descriptive Title: W.W.I Vets manila envelope   Type: Envelope
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 8 3/4 x 11 1/4   Condition: good
Text: "W.W.I vets Liberal, Kansas Nov 11, 1963 photo by Joe Cannon For names see paper of this date or Chrisman scrapbook, 1963
Misc Info: Manila envelope
Subject: World War I
veterans
Liberal, Kansas
November 11, 1963
Joe Cannon
Chrisman scrapbook, 1963
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NC5-F2a1
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CallNo: M/F5  
Descriptive Title: Billy Custer and Lee Larrabee   Type: Matting - Frame
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size:    Condition: good
Text: On front: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher and Store Owner (derby hat) 2. Lee Larrabee, Store clerk, later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it.
Misc Info: There was negative in a negative envelope with: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher - Store keeper 2. Lee Larrabee, clerk (later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it. This negative envelope was in this mat/frame.
Subject: Billy Custer
Lee Larrabee
Store owner
Businessman
Liberal, Kansas
Wagon
Horses
Building
Store
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E21
N205
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CallNo: N101-F1b  
Descriptive Title: L. Ward on horseback   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 5/16 x 2 3/8   Condition: very good
Text: [underneath negative] L. Ward/ Scenic and Portrait Artist/ Liberal, Kansas/ Corner Fourth Street and Washington Avenue [on sides of negative] D 6 Kodak Safety Film
Misc Info: Man is sitting on a saddled horse posing for a picture. He looks to be in a suit and hat, with tall riding boots on. He and the horse are in front of some trees, and there is a fence in the background. Looks like there is some kind of decorative boarder around picture on negative.
Subject: L. Ward
scenic and portrait artist
Liberal, Kansas
Fourth Street
Washington Avenue
horse
fence
trees
Kodak
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CallNo: N205-A3p  
Descriptive Title: Billy Custer and Lee Larrabee   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 1 11/16   Condition: excellent
Text: 
Misc Info: Negative was in a negative envelope with: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher - Store keeper 2. Lee Larrabee, clerk (later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it. This negative envelope was in a mat/frame with: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher and Store Owner (derby hat) 2. Lee Larrabee, Store clerk, later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it.
Subject: Billy Custer
Lee Larrabee
Store owner
Rancher
Liberal, Kansas
Horses
Wagon
Building
Store
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E21
M/F5
Other: Negative is a picture of 2 men in a wagon pulled by 1 or 2 horses. There is a big building in the background.    

CallNo: N208-F2d1  
Descriptive Title: Liberal Band   Type: Negative
Date of Origin: 1888-1889   Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 1 3/4   Condition: excellent
Text: 
Misc Info: Negative was in mat/frame which has: Liberal Band (underlined) - 1888-9 written on it.
Subject: Liberal Band
Liberal, Kansas
Men
Instruments
  Related to:  P449
M/F8
Other: Negative has 11 men standing together. All have an instrument in their hands. They are standing on a wooden sidewalk in front of a building with four big windows. There are two buildings on either side of the main building.    

CallNo: NC9-H1d1  
Descriptive Title: Can Seward County "Afford" a fine museum?   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: 3-18-61   Provenance:
Size: 9 1/2 x 13 3/4"   Condition: fair
Text: Can Seward County "Afford" a fine museum? It has been wisely said that man's concepts necessarily rise ahead of his achievements... Chrisman hand wrote "This ad by HEC 3-18-61"
Misc Info: Has a form to clip off to mail with a contribution.
Subject: Seward County
museum
Seward County Historical Society
Kansas
Southwest Daily Times
Liberal, Kansas
Harry E. Chrisman
Fred J. Hill James Yoxall
Oliver S. Brown Robert W. Baughman
Lewis C. Eyman
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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: P143-F2a1  
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Descriptive Title: World War I veterans   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 11/11/63   Provenance:
Size: 8 x 10 1/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas [stamp] ; Fotorite underlined with a figure 8 to the left of it stamped several times.
Misc Info: Photo is of a group of elderly men. There are 5 rows of the men all facing the camera. They are standing on a sidewalk. There is a parking meter behind them on the right. There is a car next to the parking meter. On the left is a plate glass window that shows the men's reflections.
Subject: WW I veterans
soldiers
Liberal, Kansas
Joe Cannon
newspaper
Southwest Daily Times
Nov. 15, 1962
World War One
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E3-F2a1
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CallNo: P172-A2a3  
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Descriptive Title: T.T. Boles' last residence   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 4 1/8   Condition: very good
Text: [Front] T. T. Boles' Last Residence, Liberal, Kansas 1909. (age 85.) [back] 2 col [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Picture is of a home with a chiminay. Picture is very fuzzy.
Subject: Boles
Building
Liberal, Kansas
1909
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CallNo: P174-F2d1  
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Descriptive Title: Town band   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7   Condition: very good
Text: [front] V [back] Return photo to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [note] V Q. How large did a town have to be in the early days to afford a Town Band? A: The size of the town meant little, it was how many musicians lived there that counted. Liberal, Kansas, founded in 1888, when the CK & N Railroad reached there, had a town band the following year. Their (later) football team received its name from a remark by a visiting newspaper editor who heard the band play and said "They play like a band of wild Indians!" Thus the Liberal Redskins are the high school football team today.
Misc Info: Picture is of a band with 9 men and 2 boys. Each are holding a musical instrument.
Subject: Town band
band
Liberal, Kansas
CK & N Railroad
football team
Liberal Redskins
high school
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CallNo: P176-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: Liberal, Kansas   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 7/16 x 4 15/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] -- 10 days old -- Liberal, Kansas - April, 1888 [back] Return photo to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [note] Liberal, Kansas "Boom Town." Age 10 Days. Looking north from the railroad, a tent and shack city had begun. By 1988, a modest little [little is crossed out] city of 16,000, the "Queen of the Southwest" as her residents call her. Photo courtesy the late Lee Larrabee. [Photo courtesy the late Lee Larrabee. is underlined]
Misc Info: Picture is of a small town with tents and shacks.
Subject: Liberal, Kansas
April 1888
boom town
tents
Lee Larrabee
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Other: Photo has tape on top back.    

CallNo: P178-5a  
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Descriptive Title: Merchant Ranch   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/16 x 7   Condition: very good
Text: [back] 4 x 4 1/2 Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [note] A No Man's Land Ranch in 1887 The Merchant Ranch, 22 miles south of Liberal, Kansas. Mrs. Henry Merchant is in the buggy, her husband sits his horse beside the rig. Henry Merchant later operated a livery stable in Liberal in a building that was constructed by Charles Hancock. Photo from author's collection. [Photo from author's collection. is underlined]
Misc Info: Picture is of a ranch. Has a building with cows and horses in front of it. There is a buggy with a woman in it and 2 men on horseback. Looks like picture was torn or cut on bottom right corner. Then it looks like the original picture was placed on some kind of wood to take this picture.
Subject: Merchant Ranch
Liberal, Kansas
Mrs. Henry Merchant
Henry Merchant
No Man's Land Ranch
1887
livery stable
Charles Hancock
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CallNo: P182-A3f  
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Descriptive Title: Commercial Hotel   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Broomcorn Corner Liberal Ks.; Pennell & Dunlap Real Estate; Commerical Hotel [back] The Commercial Hotel (on corner of Kansas Ave at Railroad St. ("Trail Street") Pennell & Dunlap - Real Estate looking toward "Quality Hill" West; circa 1900; Harry E. Chrisman Return; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Picture is of a street scene with wagons full of broomcorn. There is a hotel on right side and real estate building in the middle.
Subject: Commercial Hotel
Broomcorn Corner
Liberal, Kansas
Pennell and Dunlap Real Estate
Quality Hill
Kansas Avenue
Trail Street
Railroad Street
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CallNo: P198-A2f  
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Descriptive Title: St. Nicholas Hotel, Vorhees, Kansas   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/8   Condition: good
Text: [back] St. Nicholas Hotel Vorhees, Kansas (west of Liberal) circa 1887-88; This structure razed and re-built as home south of Liberal 2 miles by Chas. Wright pioneer Beaver Co. Okla atty and cattleman; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215. [note] Copy B-2 St. Nicholas Hotel, Vorhees, Kansas This old structure saw some of the fighting of the Stevens County county-seat war. It was razed and re-built as the home of Charles Wright, pioneer attorney and cattleman of Beaver County, Oklahoma, south of Liberal, Kansas two miles. Photo courtesy the late Burris Wright. [Photo courtesy the late Burris Wright is underlined]
Misc Info: Picture is of a 2-story hotel with people standing in front of it. There are 2 saddle horses 1 with rider on it. 1 buggy with people in it and 1 team of horses.
Subject: St. Nicholas Hotel
Vorhees, Kansas
Charles Wright
Pioneer attorney
cattleman
Beaver County, Oklahoma
Burris Wright
Liberal, Kansas
Stevens County Seat War
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CallNo: P204-E1c  
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Descriptive Title: Airplane going up   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/4   Condition: very good
Text: [front] "Going Up" S.W. Fair Liberal Kans. 1912. [back] Biggest army airport in world - First air plane [assertion] assention at same; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Picture is of an airplane gaining altitude with fairground corrals and barns behind it.
Subject: aeroplane
airplane
Southwest Fair
Liberal, Kansas
1912
Army airport
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CallNo: P206-D2b  
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Descriptive Title: seeding watermelons   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] Taken about the of 1896 or 1897; F.M. Steele. Artist. Liberal, Kansas. [has red x's and marks on photo] [back] Make 7" x 3 1/4" [2 ink stamps of:] Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215; Return photo to; [1 stamp of:] Harry E. Chrisman Lane D Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas [note 1]Copy M-2 In this above scene of a watermelon seed harvest, taken by F.M. Steele, photographer, in 1897, is shown watermelons on the Norton Hockett farm, near Liberal, Kansas, undergoing processing to obtain the seeds. The seeds were sold to the Ferry Seed Co., (now Ferry-Morse Seed Co). Hundreds of acres of the good, new sod lands were devoted to the raising of watermelons, principally for the seeds. Eventually a machine for crushing the melons was devised, and the pulp thrown into a large pit to "sour." This cleaned the pulp from the seeds which were then dried and sacked for the market. [paragraph underlined] Use above Copy in book. [Note 2 ][paragraph is crossed out] SEEDING WATERMELONS ---- Circa 1896-97 on Norton Hockett farm, near Liberal, Kansas. Photo by F.M. Steele, Liberal. Man on knees at left: Shannon Bowman. Norton Hockett, owner of melons. Andrew ", owner's son. Buggy with 3 girls: Ethel Hockett (Will Bowman's future wife). Bell Bowman (Asa Hockett's future wife) Bell Hanner (Tom Smith's future wife) Mr. Dillon Gideon Hockett Sitting or kneeling: Will Bowman Standing by barrel: John R. Cook Lumber wagon and horses: Johnny Wright and Asa Hockett. Carrying melon: Fred Bowman and John Crothers Seeding melons: Ancel Hampelton and Elvin Carr. Front Melon marked "60 Pounds" Do not[underlined] use this copy in book.
Misc Info: Picture is of various people seeding watermelons. There are 3 girls in a buggy and a wagon with 2 horse team. Photo has tape on top back and right side back. There is a tear on left back.
Subject: watermelon seed harvest
F.M. Steele
photographer
Norton Hockett farm
Liberal, Kansas
Ferry Seed Co.
Ferry-Morse Seed Co.
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CallNo: P311-F2b5  
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Descriptive Title: Taylor Family   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 8 1/16 x 10   Condition: good
Text: [back] L to R: Charlene Taylor Mrs. Chas. Taylor Charles Taylor Miss Grace Taylor Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Photo is of 3 women and 1 man standing in front of a table. The table has a centerpiece of a wagon. Looks like wagon is made of food. Wheels look like donuts. There is the number 50 on the right side of the wagon. There is a platter of donuts on the right of the wagon, napkins in front of wagon, flowers to the left of wagon, and glasses to the left of wagon. There are pictures on the wall behind and above the people.
Subject: Taylor family
Charlene Taylor
Charles Taylor
Mrs. Charles Taylor
Grace Taylor
Liberal, Kansas
Wedding anniversary
50th
Photographs
Flowers
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CallNo: P312-A2b11  
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Descriptive Title: Merchant home   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/8 x 7   Condition: excellent
Text: [back of photo] One of the first houses in Liberal. The home of Mrs. Hattie Merchant who is shown before the building.
Misc Info: 2 copies of this photo exist. Copy 2 has no writing on it.
Subject: Merchant
Hattie Merchant
Liberal, Kansas
Building
House
Home
Bushes
Chimney
Rocking chair
Windows
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P314
P315
P316
P317
P318
Other: Copy 2 photo is of a woman standing in front of a house. The house has two chimneys, 3 windows showing, and 1 door showing. There is a rocking chair and a regular chair on the porch. There is some kind of table with a cloth over it and flowers on it. Looks like some kind of garden to the left of woman. Garden has some kind of chicken wire fence around it.    

CallNo: P314-A5a  
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Descriptive Title: Merchant Ranch   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1891   Provenance:
Size: 5 1/16 x 7   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] 3x4 [note taped to back of photo] The Henry Merchant Ranch---1891 The Merchant Ranch was 22 miles south of Liberal in the Neutral Strip. At the center of the photo is Mrs. Alexander Foltz, mother of Mrs. John King, Liberal. The baby is George Foltz. At the right is Mrs. Henry Merchant. The Pony shown in the photo wasa wild mustang, caught by the cowboys and given to the Merchants. In the 1880's there were many mustangs in the Oklahoma panhandle country and if caught young enough they made wiry, tough horses. Pony cut off by reproduction ; Palo Duro [back of note] [is not clear enough to read] [spruh mosl in Af 1898 Mrs. Henry [line over an 8] possible brand symbol Ed Guymon Whiley]
Misc Info: Photo is of a woman standing holding the handle of a toy wagon. There is a baby in the wagon. There is another lady sitting in a chair. There are 2 dogs at her feet. They are in front of a house. There are 3 windows on the side and a door on the end. There is a partial face of a horse on the left side of photo. There is an empty chair behind the lady who is standing.
Subject: Henry Merchant
Neutral Strip
Liberal, Kansas
Mrs. Alexander Foltz
Mrs. John King
George Foltz
Mustang
Oklahoma panhandle
Cow horses
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P313
P315
P316
P317
P318
Other: Photo has tape tear mark on top back.    

CallNo: P323-H1c3  
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Descriptive Title: May Jackson's Grave   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1954   Provenance:
Size: 3 3/16 x 4 11/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] May Jackson Grave Liberal, Kansas Taken 1954 Return to Harry E. Chrisman Lane D Apt. 74 BBC Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Photo is of a gravesite in a cemetary. There are headstones in the background and one in the foreground. There are trees, flowers, and bushes.
Subject: May Jackson
Grave
Gravesite
Cemetary
Trees
Flowers
Bushes
Scrapbook
Liberal, Kansas
Envelope
  Related to:  P324
Other: Notation on clear plastic sleeve: 56-61 p 2 Envelope    

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
Scrapbook
Envelope
  Related to:  P323
Other: Plastic sleeve has notation: 56-61 p 2 Envelope    

CallNo: P332-A2b11  
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Descriptive Title: Shady Lawn   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 9/16 x 3 11/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] Old [insert symbol] OX Ranch house [Old Ranch house crossed out] Error between Liberal and Guymon - north of Rock Island tracks. [Rock Island tracks underlined] this is "Shady Lawn 1 mile East of Old OX Ranch HEC Picture NO. 2 [Picture NO. 2 crossed out]
Misc Info: Photo is of a building with either 3 long windows or 3 doors showing. The roof is in decay. There are tree limbs in the foreground and trees in the background. There are bushes with fuzzy circle flowers or weeds on them.
Subject: Shady Lawn
Ox Ranch
Liberal, Kansas
Guymon, Oklahoma
Rock Island tracks
Scrapbook
Envelope
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Other: Plastic sleeve has a notation 56-61 p2 Envelope    

CallNo: P349-K3  
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Descriptive Title: Liberal Telephone Directories   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 11/16 x 5 3/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] LIBERAL Telephone C DIRECTO FEBRUA L.W. STEVESS [one directory is open] [left page] TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS _________ IMPORTANT For report on trains ask central. Do not engage operators in conversation. Complaints should be made to phone 200. Do not ask dispatchers for time on trains. Kindness to operators insures good service. In case of fire, notify operator; give location. It is our earnest desire to please you at all times. Operators will at all times appreciate your kindness. Any toll talk from your telephone will be charged to you. A charge of one dollar will be made for moving telephone. When messenger is necessary an additional charge is made. Children must not be allowed to play with the telephone. When calling on Rural line give number, and ring following. You expect courtesy from operators, they expect the same from you. Parties desiring telephones will notify the manager and instruments will be installed as rapidly as possible. Do not engage in conversation with operators, as it impedes the service. Their business is to attend to the calls only. Do not use phone or call central during thunder storms. [right side has the start of alphabet directory][A, B, C are showing]
Misc Info: Photo is of 13 telephone directories that are closed. These have string or wire in the top left corner hole punch. They also have staples in them. There is one in the front that is laying open with telephone suscriber rules on the left side and the directory on the right. Photo has yellow glue stains covering the entire back.
Subject: Telephone directories
Liberal, Kansas
Telephone
Scrapbook
Rules
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CallNo: P350-H1h  
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Descriptive Title: Pioneer Mother and baby statue   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 8 1/16 x 9 15/16   Condition: good
Text: [front has inscription plaque but am unable to read it] [back] Property of [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS A Gift From Mr + Mrs D. K. Baty August 1961 C - 2637-8 [stamp] kennedy studio LIBERAL KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is in color. Photo is of a bronze mother holding an infant in her arms. This statue is on a brick pedestal. The pedestal in on a huge star shaped planter. The planter has purple flowers in it. There are trees and bushes behind the statue. There are white clouds in the sky. Photo has yellow glue marks on back.
Subject: Pioneers
Mother
Baby
Statue
D.K. Baty
August 1961
Kennedy Studio
Liberal, Kansas
Liberal Memorial Library
Scrapbook
  Related to:  P351
Other: Plastic sleeve has notation 56-61 p22    

CallNo: P358-A5d  
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Descriptive Title: Gen. Coronado's Museum   Type: Print
Date of Origin: July 1961   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 3 9/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] JUL 61 [back] Gen Coronado Museum Liberal, Ks July 1961 From [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is of a building. Looks like it's by itself. Farther in back are buildings on each side of museum. There is a long antenna above and behind the museum.
Subject: Coronado Museum
Liberal, Kansas
Scrapbook
Envelope
  Related to:  P359
Other: Plastic sleeve has a notation 56-61 p36    

CallNo: P359-A5d  
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Descriptive Title: Gen. Coronado's Museum   Type: Print
Date of Origin: July 1961   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] JUL 61 [back] From [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is same as P358, but a different angle.
Subject: Coronado Museum
General Coronado
Liberal, Kansas
Scrapbook
Envelope
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P358
Other: Plastic sleeve has a notation 56-61 p36    

CallNo: P3-B1b  
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Descriptive Title: Orange train wreck   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1902   Provenance:Chrisman Collection - private
Size: 4 9/16 x 6 5/16   Condition: fair
Text: [front] An other picture of the orange train wreck. [back note] In 1902 the engine of one train crashed into the caboose of a fruit train. Oranges were scattered all over the tracks at Liberal, KS. Dr. J.C. Watkins was obliged to use an axe in cutting a trainman's leg off to extract him from the wreckage near the boiler. The man was deadheading back to his home. Dr. Watkins later lived at Harlingen Texas. Photo from Chrisman Collection. 8 24 65 % [on back] Train wreck on Chi & Rock Island at Liberal, Kansas, circa 1902. Engine of one train hit caboose of second train. Trainman's leg had to be cut off to free him from engine. Several carloads of oranges were scattered [pell mill] over the right-of-way. 8 Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts, Liberal, KS Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215
Misc Info: Photo is of a wrecked caboose, train engine. Cars sit on tracks. Crowd gathered, some working on train. Debris and other items litter the ground.
Subject: orange train caboose
train engine
gathered crowd
debris
Liberal, Kansas
telephone poles
steam from engine
train cars Harlingen Texas barrel
building train track Dr. J.C. Watkins
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CallNo: P474-F2b5  
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Descriptive Title: Hancock Family   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1800s   Provenance:
Size: 3 5/8 x 6 3/4   Condition: poor
Text: [back] CRH ; Pauline ; Lottie Grace ; C.E. ; Bud ; Button + Gilpin [horses] ; Early days in Liberal, Kansas CE Hancock and My Beautiful Darling wife and two Children nearly 60 years ago make megative + 16x20 Picture and now I am 88 years old and alone at home 10419 Mills Ave Whittier Calif ; Don't Mark Photo! [note] Life was austere in Liberal, Kansas [1911 is crossed out] after the Hancock's moved from their farm to town. Pauline and baby Bud are shown with the parents. Button and Gilpin munch [hay is crossed out] fodder from the wagon. Water was hauled in a barrel on sled, shown in foreground of photo. But soon Charles began to make money in the construction busi-ness and fortune smiled on the little family. Photo Courtesy Clarence R. (Bud) Hancock. [Photo Courtesy Clarence R. (Bud) Hancock. is underlined]
Misc Info: Photo is of a family standing on their doorstep. The door to the house is open. There is a broom leaning against house. There is a metal tub tipped over. There is a barrel in the front yard. There are two horses eating hay from a wagon. There is another wagon in front of the horses with a barrel in it. There are buildings in the background.
Subject: Hancock family
family
homestead
horse
barrel
house
prairie
Wagon
Fodder
Liberal, Kansas
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CallNo: P478-F2b5  
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Descriptive Title: C. E. Hancock Caravan   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1922   Provenance:
Size: 1 3/4 x 3 1/8   Condition: poor
Text: [back] CRH ; Enlarge to 4 1/4 x 2 1/2" ; C.E. Hancock Caravan Nov 1919 [1919 is lined out] 1922 leaving Liberal Kansas Nov. 7th for California we arrived in [mususkee?] camp ground Nov 24 - 1919 [1919 is lined out] 1922 in Long Beach ; (according to Pauline) ; 8 [typed note] Copy [copy is underlined] [?] C-3 [[?] is crossed out] [C-3 is circled] ; The C. E. Hancock Caravan as it departed from Liberal, Kansas in November 1922 for Long Beach, California. Charles and Lottie Grace stand beside the Apperson 8. At rear are other family members. This marked the end of their Kansas years. ; [line under paragraph] ; Enlarge photo to 4 1/4 x 2 1/2" [note] Please note on back, date says Nov. 1919, and Pauline says it should be Nov. 1922. Ok [ok circled]
Misc Info: Photo is of a caravan of automobiles and one trailer with the Little House on Wheels on it. There are people standing around the automobiles. There is a building on the left.
Subject: Hancock Family
Apperson 8
Liberal, Kansas
Long Beach, California
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CallNo: P48-F2a4  
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Descriptive Title: Group in front of Depot   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1889-1890   Provenance:private collection - Maurine Tate
Size: 4 x 6 1/4   Condition: good
Text: [front] Taken in front of the Old Depot between 1889 or 1890 [Yellow note] copy M-1 (circled) Liberal, Kansas group on porch of first Rock Island R.R. Depot, Liberal, KS, 1889. Left to right: (insert symbol) Standing: J.U. Shade, Agriculture Agent for railroad; Myra McDermott; Will Lipscomb, R.I. Agent; Sitting, Olive Lipscomb; small girl, Mamie Roark; Mrs. Billy Newhouse (nee Florence Fouts); Mrs. Webb, hotel guest in speckled dress; Dave Jones, clerk; Mamie Hood; Belle Holloway (aunt of Mrs. T.J. Smith); Mrs. Bernard (Aunt Betty) Lemert, nee Smith; Tom McDermott, sitting; Lee Latty, R.I. Mail Clerk. Photo Courtesy Maurine Tate. (sentence underlined) [back] L. to R. J.U. Shade, Myra McDermott, Will Lipscomb (Rock Island Agent) standing, Olive Lipscomb (sitting), Mamie Roark (little girl), Mrs. Billy Newhouse (nee Florence Fouts), Mrs. Webb (guest at hotel) sitting in speckled dress, Dave Jones (clerk), Mamie Hood, Belle Holloway (aunt of Mrs. T.J. Smith), "Aunt Betty" Lemert (nee Smith) sitting, Tom McDermott (sitting), Lee Latty, Rock Island Railway mail clerk. (following text enclosed in box) Picture taken cira 1889-90 on porch of Old Rock Island Depot Hotel, Liberal, Kansas (formerly OMER Hotel) Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas (wavy line seperating text) Return Photo to: Harry E. Chrisman, 10245 W. 14th St., Denver, 80215
Misc Info: 5 men, 7 women and 2 children on porch of Rock Island Depot.
Subject: Rock Island Railroad Depot
Liberal, Kansas
J.U. Shade
Myra McDermott
Tom McDermott
Will Lipscomb
Olive Lipscomb Mrs. T.J. Smith
Mamie Roark Belle Holloway Mrs. Bernard Lemert
Lee Latty Dave Jones Maurine Tate Mamie Hood
Mrs. Billy Newhouse nee Florence Fouts Mrs. Webb
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CallNo: P58-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: Tumbleweeds   Type: Print
Date of Origin: spring 1957   Provenance:private collection - Chrisman Collection
Size: 4 1/16 x 5   Condition: good
Text: [back] 40 [40 circled] Tumbleweeds move into town. Spring 1957 Liberal, Kansas Blue Bonnet Courts shown in picture Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas [back note] 40 [40 circled] Note tumbleweeds atop telephone poles. Tumbleweeds moved into town and piled to rooftops in Blue Bonnet Courts, Liberal, Spring of 1957. You can image hitting 20-foot stacks of them in the railway cuts, with the engine doing 60 to 70 MPH! Photo from Chrisman Collection [sentence underlined]. 24 102%
Misc Info: Arrows on picture point to tumbleweeds in telephone wires. Tumbleweeds are stacked at back of Blue Bonnet Courts houses.
Subject: tumbleweeds
Liberal, Kansas
Blue Bonnet Courts
telephone poles
dirt street or alley
barrels
house
wooden posts
barrel lid
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CallNo: P67-A3b1  
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Descriptive Title: Joseph B. Smalley Memorial Marker   Type: Print
Date of Origin: April '61   Provenance:Harry E. Chrisman collection
Size: 3 9/16 x 3 9/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front on marker] 1852-1922 Rock Island Lines seventieth anniversary October tenth. The memorial tree planted nearby is dedicated by the Rock Island in affectionate memory of Joseph B. Smalley who by his industry courage and loyalty through every vicissitude signally aided in the development of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railway into a great transportation system devoted to the public service. [back] Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [note] 11 (circled) 24 (circled) [right angle] The Memorial Marker to Joseph B. Smalley at Rock Island Depot in Liberal. A large tree stands near Smalley's marker. Smalley was a Rock Island man who distinguished himself in service. - Photo courtesy Harry E. Chrisman Collection (sentence underlined). 133%
Misc Info: Photo is of a stone marker on the ground. It is dedicated to Joseph Smalley.
Subject: Joseph B. Smalley
Rock Island Railroad
tree
memorial marker
Rock Island Depot
Liberal, Kansas
Harry E. Chrisman Collection
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CallNo: PC11-A5b  
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Descriptive Title: Memorial Library, Liberal Kansas   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Kennedy photo [back] Memorial Library, located in Cooper Park on U.S. Highways 54 & 83 in downtown Liberal. The World's only Book Front Library. Books of all classifications and the Best Seller's List are always available. We invite you to come to visit us. Distributed by Kennedy Studios, Liberal, Kansas. Genuine Curteich - Chicago "C.T. Art - Colortone" Post Card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.) Post Card; Place Stamp Here. 6C-H82
Misc Info: Color post card; no correspondence; book front of Memorial Library in Liberal, KS. Statue of Liberty replica in park.
Subject: Memorial Library
Liberal, Kansas
Cooper Park
book front
Curteich-Chicago
Kennedy Studio
trees shrubs street light sidewalk
Statue of Liberty replica
statue base and planter
flowers
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CallNo: PC2-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: Freight train wreck   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: 8/13/38   Provenance:private collection - Turtle Studio, Liberal KS
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Wrecked freight train on R.I. RR at Arkalon Bridge - 8-18-38. Engine 5036. Cost $115,000. Wt. 733200 lbs. Power 67000 Drawbar. Booster 70000 lbs. Turtle Studio. 28 [back] Post Card Turtle Studio Kodak Finishing and Gift Shoppe Liberal, Kans. 14 S. Kans. Ave. Correspondence. Address. Place Stamp Here. Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [back note] Oil tankers and box cars were piled up like children's toys when Engine 5036 (cost $115,000; wt. 73,320 lbs) plunged through the bridge on flood-swollen Cimarron River. Turtle Studio, Liberal, Kansas photo. (sentence underlined) 32 (circled) 24 75%
Misc Info: Oil tanker, box car and engine wreck on bridge. Debris and cars in river.
Subject: freight train
oil tanker
box car - NYC 181306
Arkalon bridge
Cimarron River
Rock Island railroad
Engine 5036
Turtle Studio
box cars oil tanker GATX6538 Kodak finishing
trees debris oil tanker 5340 Liberal, Kansas
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CallNo: PC37-C1c  
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Descriptive Title: Blizzard of February 1912   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: February 1912   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Snow plow stuck near Liberal 2-28-12 [back] Post Card; Place Stamp Here; Correspondence Here; Name and Address Here; Return Photo to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [back note 1] Taken in the cut west of Liberal not too far from the point of entry. [back note 2] The February storm of 1912 buried the entire southwest in snow that was three feet deep on the level and filled all the railroad cuts to the top. Trains failed to run for several days and there was great loss of livestock. Photo courtesy O.B. Wimmer, Liberal. (sentence underlined) Don't mark photo!
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Subject: snow plow
snow bank
people
highline poles
Liberal, Kansas
O.B. Wimmer
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CallNo: PC38-C1c  
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Descriptive Title: Blizzard of February 1912   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: February 1912   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Near Liberal 2-28-12 Snow plow at work. [back] 9 (circled) Post Card; Correspondence Here; Name and Address Here; Come down out of that cloud and be sociable. Guess who? Behind the clouds the sun is shining and every cloud has a silver lining. Mr. Orren Wimmer, Liberal, Kans. Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [stamp] U.S. Postage One Cent [cancellation stamp] Liberal Mar 6 4 pm Kans [back note 1] Taken at the east edge of Liberal about where the stock yards are now located. [back note 2] 9 (circled) 24 (circled) A February blizzard in 1912 held up traffic for several days in southwest Kansas. It was all the Rotary plows could do to get through. - Photo courtesy O.B. Wimmer. (sentence underlined) 75%
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Subject: snow plow
snow drift
highline poles and wires
fence
Liberal, Kansas
Orren Wimmer
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CallNo: PC39-C2a  
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Descriptive Title: Rock Island Depot burning   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: 1910   Provenance:private collection - Paul Custer
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Rock Island Depot burning Liberal, Kans. [back] Post Card; Place Stamp Here; Correspondence; Address; Published by Hal G. Reid, Jeweler, Liberal, Kan. Reduce to 4 1/4 x 2 3/4" Paul Custer collection [back note] Copy G-3; When the Rock Island depot, with the fine Greer House dining and lunch facilities, burned in 1910, Liberal lost its largest building. The depot was rebuilt later in masonry, but it was years before as satisfactory dining room facilities were established. Photo courtesy the late Hal Reid Jewelers, Paul Custer collection. (sentence underlined) Don't mark photo!
Misc Info: Rock Island Depot buildings burning; night scene
Subject: Rock Island depot
fire
Hal G. Reid
Liberal, Kansas
Paul Custer
Greer House
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CallNo: PC3-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: Freight train wreck   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: July or August 18, 1938   Provenance:private collection - Turtle Studio, Liberal KS
Size: 3 1/2 x 6 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Wrecked freight train on R.I. RR at Arkalon Bridge 8-18-38. Engine 5036. Cost $115,000. Wt. 733200 lbs. Power 67000 Drawbar Booster 70000 lbs. Turtle Studio. 21. [back] Post Card Turtle Studio Kodak Finishing and Gift Shoppe Liberal, Kans. 14 S. Kansas Ave. Correspondence. Address. Place Stamp Here. 34 (circled) 75% Harry E. Chisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215. [back note] 34 (circled) 24 Engineer Walter Walker rode old Engine 5036 into the Cimarron when floods caused the bridge to give way, July 18, 1938.
Misc Info: Cranes pull engine from train wreckage. People look on from bridge, ground below.
Subject: train wreckage
Arkalon bridge
Walter Walker
train engine
railroad ties
two cranes
Rock Island Railroad
workers Engine 5036
Cimarron River people Turtle Studio
Liberal, Kansas Kodak Finishing
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CallNo: PC5-D2a  
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Descriptive Title: Broom corn crop in Liberal   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:private collection - Maurine and Crompton Tate
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] #53 Always Something (letter "s" is backwards) doing at Liberal. [back note] A Saturday street scene during the booming broom-corn years in Southwest Kansas. Photo courtesy Maurine and Crompton Tate. Don't mark photo! [back] When hardware its hardware, can't even buy a snap in it, was in the harness shop also, but did not talk with the owner Edison. Was in the court house also. Aug had some business there in regards school bonds he is treasure of their district. Aug. is having quite a time out here. Sunday we are invited out to dinner. There is a family here from Chester, Neb., by the name of John Preifert. Harry E. Chrisman - Return Pic; Post Card Correspondence here (short vertical line) Place Stamp Here; Name and address here; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 Liberal, Kansas (word ACTUAL written on right side)
Misc Info: Busy street scene with wagons full of broom corn. Downtown Liberal, Kansas, street scene.
Subject: broom-corn
downtown Liberal, Kansas
wagons horses farmers
Southwest Kansas Lands building
Star Grocery building
Edison owner of hardware store
John Preifert
telephone poles street-side shops
Chester, Nebraska
Maurine and Crompton Tate
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