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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: C14-A3j  
Descriptive Title: Caption to P229-A3j   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 2"   Condition: 
Text: In addition to constructing more than 100 new homes during his association with Griffith & Baughman in Liberal, Charles E. Hancock built many such sheds and barns as shown in this photo of C.M. Waters' Star Livery Barn. Waters also operated the Oklahoma Wagon & Feed Yard in Liberal, 1913 to 1920, in south Liberal. Photo courtesy Burris Wright.
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Subject: livery
C.M. Waters
Charles E. Hancock
feed barn
  Related to:  P229-A3j

CallNo: D9-F2f1  
Descriptive Title: Old Cowboy Ed Wright on horse   Type: Document
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Size: 5 1/4 x 8"   Condition: 
Text: about the author Ed Wright in my opinion ... [copy of document attached]
Misc Info: Has picture of Ed Wright on a horse. It was from a book dust jacket. Was in manila envelope. There are three of these.
Subject: cowboys
Ed Wright
rodeo clown
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Wyoming buckaroo
Barnum and Bailey Circus T. Joe Cahill
Gene Fowler Red Fenwick Denver Post
All-Round Wold Championship Plano, Illinois
Duarte, California horse trainer
  Related to:  E5-F2f1
D1-F2f1 through D9-F2f1

CallNo: P226-F1a  
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Descriptive Title: Photo of May Jackson   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1910s   Provenance:
Size: 5 1/16 x 7   Condition: good
Text: [front] Miss Jackson who committed suicide and buried in Liberal Cemetery. Al[z]. Barnes Circus. Red lines framing face with x to the left and a big x over words. [back] Reduce to 3 1/4 x 2 3/4" Copy D-3 [D-3 circled] Property of HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [stamped twice] [HARRY E. CHRISMAN Liberal, Kansas address stamped once and covered with Denver address stamp]
Misc Info: Comment note C12 attached to P226: Above, May Jackson, 18, who took her life over the love of her circus bandmaster sweetheart. Below, the gravestone erected by the citizens of Liberal, Kansas, in the Liberal cemetery where she is buried. Photo has tape on top back.
Subject: May Jackson
Liberal cemetery
Barnes Circus
Ed A. Woeckener
  Related to:  P225-H1c

CallNo: P227-F1b  
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Descriptive Title: Ed A. Woeckener   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1915   Provenance:
Size: 4 3/8 x 7   Condition: good
Text: [front] Trombonist - Bandmaster Barne's Circus 1913-14-15 Ed A. Woeckener Permanet Address P.O. Box 10, Eric, PA. [back] Reduce to 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" Property of HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE E, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [stamp]
Misc Info: Sweetheart of May Jackson. Photo has tape on top back.
Subject: Ed A. Woeckener
Barnes Circus
May Jackson
  Related to:  P226-F1a
Other: Note taped to photo: Job # 302760H [order form]    

CallNo: P229-A3j  
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Descriptive Title: C.M. Waters Livery and Barn   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1910s   Provenance:
Size: 6 15/16 x 8 15/16   Condition: good
Text: [front] Don't Mark photo! [back] C.M. Waters operated "Oklahoma Feed Yard" in Liberal in 1913 and "Oklahoma Wagon Yard" in 1914-1915-1916-1917-1918-1919-1920. His name then drops out of the old telephone directories so he must have left Liberal (or) perhaps, died. His wagon yard address was listed as "South Liberal" or South of Rock Island tracks. The street at lower right is believed to be (Liberal Iron and Metal) St. so the barn was about where lights Sporting Goods or Maliney Cleaners is in 1960.
Misc Info: Picture is attached to brownish cardboard mat/frame. Actual picture size is 5 1/16 x 7"
Subject: livery and feed barn
street scene
Wagon yard
Feed yard
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Other: Photo has tape on top back.    

CallNo: P396-F2a1  
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Descriptive Title: Don Bell   Type: Print
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Size: 8 x 10   Condition: good
Text: [front] To Harry Chrisman a dam good hand Reckless Red Mane holt riding Don Bell [back] 72
Misc Info: Photo is of three men breaking a horse. There is one man on the ground. Looks like he gave the man on right a leg up. There is a man in mid air on the horse on the right. The horse on the right has no saddle. He is being held by man on horse to the left. The horse on the right has a cloth over his eyes that is being removed from man on horse to the left. Man on horse to the left is sitting in a saddle.
Subject: Don Bell
Harry Chrisman
Reckless Red
Mane holt riding
  Related to:  P394
Other: Photo has tape on top front.    

CallNo: P44-E1a2  
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Descriptive Title: Barney Pierson AKA Idaho Bill   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 4 x 4 15/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Col. Idaho Bill "D.F.P.Co." [on poster] [F]Rontier Days Contest [N]ot a Wild Wes[t] [W]orlds most [ou]tlaw bucking [?] [W]orlds Champion [?] [C]usters, Expert [?] [?] Dollars in cash pri[zes] [o]pen to the wor[ld] [?] shows daily [?]:30-8 [?] [back] Barney Pierson Col. "Idaho Bill" - Frontier Days - Cheyenne © D.F.P.Co.Inc. No Date.
Misc Info: Man sitting on a fence with big poster behind him. Has long hair, hat, fringed coat, boots and spurs.
Subject: Barney Pierson
Col. Idaho Bill
Frontier Days
Doubleday photo
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CallNo: P452-F1a  
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Descriptive Title: Kansas women gathering cow chips   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1880-1890 era   Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] #2 ; sub for C[?] [word was on tape that was torn off] ; on pg. 270 ; THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK ; Return Photo To HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14TH Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [Return Photo To HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14TH Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 is circled] [note] Job Name Ohio Wuniv Job No. 43044 Page 270 Half-Tone [check mark] 93% 9-40
Misc Info: Photo is of two women standing by a wheelbarrow. One woman is holding a stack of chips in her left hand. The other woman is dumping a bag of chips into wheelbarrow. There is a wagon behind them and a building to the left.
Subject: women
cow chips
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Other: "The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West"    

CallNo: P515-A5h  
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Descriptive Title: Barn built by C. E. Hancock   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 1 15/16 x 2 15/16   Condition: good
Text: [back] CRH ; this is a barn I helped Build in Emporia Kans ; 18 [?] [note] A barn [insert mark] Hancock helped build in Emporia, Kansas, the type of rough building construction young C. E. Hancock first attempted. Photo coutesy Clarence R. (Bud) Hancock. [Photo coutesy Clarence R. (Bud) Hancock. is underlined] ; Don't mark Photo!
Misc Info: Photo is of the top half of a barn. There is an American flag flying on the top of roof.
Subject: barn
C. E. Hancock
Emporia, Kansas
Clarence R. Hancock photo
Charles E. Hancock
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Other: Photo has tape mark on back top. Note has tape on top.