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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: D11-  
Descriptive Title: Letter of Dodge City Fires   Type: Letter
Date of Origin: 1886   Provenance:
Size: 5.5 x 8.5"   Condition: good
Text: Dodge City Aug 26, 1886 At 4 am fire broke out-destroyed half dozen structures in Dodge house block-between Bank of Dodge City and Hoover's brick block. Destroyed were [Stuterants] Drug Store, Hart & Haynes Saloon, Lilghman & Co. audition house- and made "a clean sweep of the end of the old rookeries between the Bank of D.C. and Hoovers brick block. Loss $20000. partly covered by ins
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Subject: Dodge City Fires   Related to: 

CallNo: N122-F2f1  
Descriptive Title: Cowboys warming up by a campfire   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 1 11/16 x 2 7/16   Condition: very good
Text: No. 21 Cow Boys "toasting their shins" [on sides of negative] Safety Film
Misc Info: Seven cowboys are sitting on the ground around a campfire while two cowboys stand up behind them. They are warming their feet and hands in the fire. There is a wagon and a tent in the background. Wagon could be a chuckwagon.
Subject: cowboys
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CallNo: P15-A3b1  
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Descriptive Title: Rock Island Railroad Depot   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1890s   Provenance:Private Collection -- Maurine and Crompton Tate
Size: 4 11/16 x 6 5/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] Don't mark photo! [back] Reduce photo to 4 x 2 3/4" [back note 1] Copy G-3 The Rock Island railway depot was one of the fine buildings in Liberal. A fine masonry building was at the east end, where the group stands. Photo courtesy Maurine and Crompton Tate. [back note 2] Harry: Crompton said to give his copy of the picture to the museum, too. Mrs. Watson Rogers at Rock Island (granddaughter of the McDermotts) said she might be able to identify some of the people from old pictures she has. -- Maurine Return photo to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [on building] Liberal Lunch, cigars and tobacco Hotel Lunch Lunchroom
Misc Info: Three men and seven women stand in front of Rock Island Depot in Liberal, KS.
Subject: Rock Island Railroad Depot
Liberal Kansas
men women
McDermott's Hotel Dining Room
Greer House
Maurine and Cromptom Tate
train tracks wooden deck flags
Depot fire cart
Mrs. Watson Rogers
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Other: Photo is on carboard mat/frame. Frame is 6 15/16 x 8 15/16"    

CallNo: P236-C2a  
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Descriptive Title: Fire of December 7, 1885. Chart of fires in 1885 & Fire of November 29, 1885   Type: Print
Date of Origin: July 1959   Provenance:
Size: 3 9/16 x 5 1/4   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] 141; Walnut Street; Bridge Street; Chestnut Street, First Avenue; Fire of November 29, 1885. [in blocks is the following businesses] City of Paris Millinery shop (Fire Stopped); W. H. Harris Residence; Private rooms; A. N. Ramseger; Bee Hive Dry Goods store Cowboy printing office; All residences saved; J. A. Arment Paint; H. P. Niess Shoe Shop; Sporting House(fire started); Sporting House; Mrs. Nixon's Lodging House; Dutch Jake's Residence; Rear entrance to hall; M. S. Culver (Where fire stopped); Stable; vacant lot; Globe Office Odd Fellows Hall (Upstairs) [second map] Chestnut Street, Bridge Street, Front Street, First Avenue, Fire of December 7, 1885. R. M. Wright and Company General Store; Webster and Bond, Drugs; Harris and Drake Saloon and Billiards; Atkinson and Warren Saloon and Billiards; George Hinkle Saloon; Yard; A. Gluck; Tin Shop; Warehouse; C. Zimmerman; Yard; Warehouse; F. R. Garland, F. J. Durand; Chas. Heinz Restaurant; York, Parker, and Draper Mercantile Company; Kirkpatrick and Dunn Furniture; Store Yard; Junction Saloon (Fire Started); C. & E. Land Agency; H. R. Dougherty; J & W Law Office; Opera House; Restaurant, Carey and Wright. CHART OF FIRES IN 1885. JUL 59 [back] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [stamp] KODAK VELOX PAPER [stamped several times on back of photo]
Misc Info: Picture is of 2 charts. There is a clip at the top left corner of the chart.
Subject: Properties destroyed by fires or saved
Liberal property plots
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CallNo: PC31-F2f1  
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Descriptive Title: Roundup - possibly cattle   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Round Up Scene [back] Post Card; Place Stamp Here; Address; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Cowboys sit around campfire during a roundup.
Subject: cowboys
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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
Hal G. Reid
Liberal, Kansas
Paul Custer
Greer House
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CallNo: PC44-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: Engine 5036   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: 
Text: [back] Post Card; Correspondence; [Tartto] Studio; Kodak finishing and Gift Shoppe Liberal, Kans 14 S. Kans Ave; AZO; Place Stamp Here; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [two stamps] 35 (circled in red ink). [note - handwritten] Walter Walker engineer (smeared) ..... Brakeman Holder that went down in this wreck still live in Pratt Walker is [?] Holder is still working Fireman Powell died several years ago, I do not know about the rest of the crew [note - typed, put in seperate sleeve] Back at the yards, she had the appearance of a male Peacock that had shed its tail, when Engine 5036 was resurrected from her watery grave. ---- Photos courtesy O.B. Wimmer. (sentence underlined) 35 (circled in red ink) 24 75% [front of post card] Engine 5036 Raised from Cimmeron river after R.I.R.R. Freight wreck. 8-18-38. Weight 733200 Power 67000. Draw Bar booster 70000 LBS. Cost 115,000.00 Yurile Stv ---
Misc Info: Picture of a train engine that is beat up. Building behind it and man standing in front of it.
Subject: Train wreck
Cimarron River
RI RR freight train
O.B. Wimmer
Walter Walker
brakeman holder
Pratt, Kansas
fireman Powell
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Other: Typed note in seperate sleeve same #.