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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
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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
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CallNo: P178-5a  
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Descriptive Title: Merchant Ranch   Type: Print
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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
livery stable
Charles Hancock
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Other: Photo has tape on top back.    

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: P264-A3j  
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Descriptive Title: Red Cross Livery and Hospital   Type: Print
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Size: 6 15/16 x 10   Condition: good
Text: [front] +RED CROSS+ LIVERY AND HOSPITAL [there is a sign in the left of the photo hanging in a doorway--unable to read--looks like it says Dr. McClure Veterinarian] [back] Built by Will McClure + Marion Eidson in 1906 [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [newspaper clipping glued to back of photo] "BUILT IN 1905 BY WILL McCLURE AND MARION EIDSON" is the inscription on the back of this old picture sent to friend here by Mrs. Ella Furnas of 533 Franklin St., Whittier, Calif. Mrs. Furnas, whose maiden name was Ella McClure, is a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. P. McClure, who were very early pioneer residents of Southwest Kansas, and who in later years lived in a two story house at the corner of Grant Ave. and Third St., where the Campion Clinic now stand. Mrs. Furnas is the widow of Marion Eidson, and Will McClure was her brother. She writes: "The picture was of the livery stable and animal hos-pital which was built on the lot on the north side of Second St. (200 block) where Bill Lampe's livery stable had been in the early days of freighting from Liberal to the distant ranches. It marked the change from 'cattle country' to the 'wheat era,' which Southwest Kansas became with the advent of the automobile and oil in-dustry." SWDT - July 19, 1960
Misc Info: Photo is of a huge building with a man standing in a doorway. A man holding a horse. A man standing in front of huge opening in front of building. A man in a 2 horse buggy. The building looks like it's made of huge bricks. On the far right there are buildings in the background. Looks like a person is in a hay pile sitting.
Subject: Red Cross Livery
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Other: Photo has yellowed newspaper clipping glued to back. Unable to remove.