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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: 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
Oklahoma panhandle
Cow horses
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Other: Photo has tape tear mark on top back.    

CallNo: P74-F1b  
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Descriptive Title: Bareback bronc rider   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:Harry E. Chrisman private collection
Size: 8 x p 15/16   Condition: good
Text: [back] Credit - Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas. [stamped twice]; Negative of this pic in Mrs. Roger's files, but owned by HEC. [note] Con Jackson aboard Quanah Parker - Riding the horse with circingle, double-hand hold, horses head free. A rough way to ride. Try it, sometime! Con Jackson was one of the better bucking horse riders in southwest Kansas and the Neutral Strip. Con caught and broke wild horses with Perry Bright [righ circled with line going to top of page towards Brite] Brite. He also did some contest riding, capturing top prizes wherever he showed. He liked to set out with his friend, Walt Naylor (as they did to the Kingman Fair, one time and [insert symbol] in 1900) "try out a few broncs for size." Con was also a good roper and won contest money in the steer roping contests. At that time they roped Texas longhorns, range-raised, wild stock. Con later worked for a meat packing house as xxxxxxx livestock buyer. Burris Wright and Frank Peacock both said, "Con was one of the best." -- Photo courtesy Mrs. [insert symbol] Mary Elizabeth Rogers
Misc Info: Cowboy riding a bareback bronc in a corral with one rail broken. Picture has fuzzy background. Looks like possible horses and people behind the fence.
Subject: Con Jackson
bucking horse
Quanah Parker (horse)
Southwest Kansas
Neutral Strip
Perry Brite
Walt Naylor
Kingman Fair
steer roping Mary Elizabeth Rogers
Texas Longhorns Burris Wright Frank Peacock
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Other: Photo has tape on top back.