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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: P206-D2b  
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Descriptive Title: seeding watermelons   Type: Print
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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: P211-D2b  
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Descriptive Title: Seeding watermelons   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Taken about the of 1896 or 1897; F.M. Steele. Artist. Liberal, Kansas. One watermelon is circled with an arrow pointing to it. It has 60 lbs written on it. [back] SUN MAG; 79; 79 (circled); Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas; 3 vol-32 Picas; Cash Crop. [note] Seeding Watermelsons --- Circa 1896-97 Photo by F.M. Steele, Liberal, KS. Man on knees at left: Shannon Bowman. Norton Hockett, owner of melons. Andrew " (ditto marks) son of owner. Buggy with 3 girls: Ethel Hockett, Bell Bowman and Bell Hanner, Tom Smith's future wife. Ethel was Will Bowaman's (a crossed out) future wife. Mr. Dillon Gideon Hockett Sitting or kneeling: Will Bowman Standing by barrell: 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. On Norton Hockett Farm, Front melon market 60 lbs. (arrow points to 65 lb melon)
Misc Info: Photo is of people standing, sitting, and kneeling beside watermelons. They are scooping the center out of the rinds. Possible seed harvest. There is one buggy with 3 people in it and one wagon with barrels on it. There is a watermelon that is circled in white with an arrow pointing to it. Photo has tape on the top back.
Subject: Watermelon seed harvest
F.M. Steele photographer
Shannon Bowman
Norton Hockett
John R. Cook
Andrew Hockett Ethel Hockett Bell Bowman
Johnny Wright Asa Hockett Fred Bowman
John Crothers Ancel Hampelton Elvin Carr
Bell Hanner Tom Smith Will Bowman Mr. Dillion
Gideon Hockett
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