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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: C2-J2  
Descriptive Title: A Rancher's treasure find   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"   Condition: 
Text: A Ranchers Treasure Find - T.J. McMillan, Milburn, Nebraska rancher, while digging post holes near an old corral, unearthed the heart-shaped branding iron shown above, hanging on the old log cabin wall. The corral had been used many years before on the Rankin Ranch for branding horses. The old iron proved to be the Heart Brand of the famous Olive Brothers, who had ranched in that area in 1877. The iron had been buried for 80 years. The author offered McMillan $100.00 for his relic but hte rancher would not sell. Photo by author. (sentence underlined)
Misc Info: Has picture with it.
Subject: Branding iron
T.J. McMillan
Milburn, Nebraska
ranchers
log cabin
corral
Rankin Ranch
1877
Olive Brothers
heart brand relics
  Related to:  P127-J2
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CallNo: L3-F1a  
Descriptive Title: Letter about Mildred Douglas Chrisman   Type: Letter
Date of Origin: April 16, 1982   Provenance:
Size: 5 7/8 x 8 5/16"   Condition: good
Text: April 16, 1982 Dear Don: On this day, 1943, my old Dad died at Scottsbluff, Nebr. where he had lived for many years, since 1920 ... Be sure to return photo and negative when through with them. Yours, Mark [back] xter A World Economic Service Putnam Avenue, P.O. Box 2200 Connecticut 06836 [postage stamp] Cutchogue NY P.B. Meter 3317229 U.S. Postage .10 9 (9 underlined)
Misc Info: Response to L2-F1a; letter to unknown person from unknown person; all typed except for signature - on some type of business paper.
Subject: Mildred Douglas Chrisman
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Wyomin
Montana
ranchers
horsemen
draft horses
rodeo photos
California
  Related to:  L2-F1a
L4-Fb5
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CallNo: P127-J2  
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Descriptive Title: Heart branding iron   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 1/2 x 2 3/4   Condition: very good
Text: [back] 1 - 5 x 7 Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Picture of side of a log cabin with heart branding iron and section of what looks like a deer antler on wall.
Subject: Branding iron
T.J. McMillan
Milburn, Nebraska
ranchers
log cabin
corral
Rankin Ranch
1877
Olive Brothers
heart brand relics
  Related to:  C2-J2
Other: Photo has tape on top front.    

CallNo: P439-D1a3  
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Descriptive Title: Butchering on Custer Ranch Cimarron River   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1888   Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] X [back] X ; Return Photo To [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 ; [stamp] THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK [note] Q. I have heard a cow has more than one stomach. Is this true? A. Yes. This is shown in the photo above where Billy Custer and his wife and baby watch their butchers dress out a beef on their ranch on the Cimarron River, in Kansas, about 1888. The stomachs (plural) are shown in the front center of the picture. The liver and heart are in the pan. Photo courtesy Paul Custer, son.
Misc Info: Photo is of four men standing next to a carcass that is being dressed. The carcass is in an A-frame to support it. There is a pan in very front with organs in it. The stomachs are on the ground. There is a lady and young girl child standing behind the men. There is a fence behind them.
Subject: Billy Custer
Butchering
butcher day
ranchers
Cimarron River
Paul Custer
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Other: "The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West"