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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: C1-A3nd  
Descriptive Title: Sketches of bank building   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 9"   Condition: 
Text: [1st page] Gene Groves' brother (Frances) lives down near [Floris], Okla has many "old" pictures; Lee Larrabee and Con Jackson branding (Lee with iron) on the Forbes Ranch Cimarron River. Original Pix owned by Mrs. Frank Stefan 711 N. Grant Liberal. Sketch of building with hog in street. Says Hog in street, Bank bldg at Arkalon. [2nd page] Sketch of W.C. Stout Store. Has windmill in left corner. south (circled) east (circled) Says W.C. Stout Store at Arkalon showing the south and east view. (line seperating text) another sketch Says W.C. Stout store at Arklon showing the north view.
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Subject: bank
store
W.C. Stout
Arkalon
  Related to:  P126-D1a3
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CallNo: M/F5  
Descriptive Title: Billy Custer and Lee Larrabee   Type: Matting - Frame
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size:    Condition: good
Text: On front: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher and Store Owner (derby hat) 2. Lee Larrabee, Store clerk, later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it.
Misc Info: There was negative in a negative envelope with: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher - Store keeper 2. Lee Larrabee, clerk (later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it. This negative envelope was in this mat/frame.
Subject: Billy Custer
Lee Larrabee
Store owner
Businessman
Liberal, Kansas
Wagon
Horses
Building
Store
  Related to:  P442
E21
N205
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CallNo: N102-A1a  
Descriptive Title: Main Street in Beaver Oklahoma in 1893   Type: Negative
Date of Origin: 1893   Provenance:
Size: 5 7/8 x 7   Condition: very good
Text: [on negative] Main St. Beaver OK 1893 [on side of negative] Kodak -- Safety -- Film 437 [on side of building] GARRI/GENE
Misc Info: Street scene of Beaver, Oklahoma. The buildings are made of wood. There is a large dirt street running in between the buildings. There is a row of buildings, very close together, on both sides of the street. The first building on the right might be a general store according to the partial lettering on the side. Can see a small path in the brush leading to the general store in the foreground of the negative.
Subject: Beaver Oklahoma
Main Street
street scene
wood buildings
businesses
general store
dirt street
scrub grass and other brush
dirt path
Kodak
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CallNo: N205-A3p  
Descriptive Title: Billy Custer and Lee Larrabee   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 1 11/16   Condition: excellent
Text: 
Misc Info: Negative was in a negative envelope with: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher - Store keeper 2. Lee Larrabee, clerk (later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it. This negative envelope was in a mat/frame with: 1. Billy Custer, Rancher and Store Owner (derby hat) 2. Lee Larrabee, Store clerk, later prominent businessman at Liberal, Ks. written on it.
Subject: Billy Custer
Lee Larrabee
Store owner
Rancher
Liberal, Kansas
Horses
Wagon
Building
Store
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E21
M/F5
Other: Negative is a picture of 2 men in a wagon pulled by 1 or 2 horses. There is a big building in the background.    

CallNo: NC12-  
Descriptive Title: Business District "Growing Up"   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: 1920s   Provenance:
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches   Condition: good
Text: Here's another business district view in Liberal probably in the early 20's, to note the model cars which abounded on the streets. It's the corner of Second and Kansas and where you note Star Grocery, Evans Hardware, Scandrett & Fuest Hardware, Smith Bros. Drug and across the street, the George Store and unreadable store fronts. Today you can note in the named order, Mullins Furniture, Arganbright's, Alene's CafĂ©, Southwest Photo, Independent Hardware, Smith Drug, Wood's Grisier's, etc. Smith's is the only one that remains under the original name.
Misc Info: Cutline for book: This was Liberal in the 1920's. Star grocery in immediate foreground, then Evans Harness Co,. Scandrett & Fuest Hardware and Smith's Drug, in that order. John George's grocery store is in the background. No paving, no traffic lights, center-street parking. The old town has a long ways to go.
Subject: Liberal Business District
Newspaper clipping
1920s
grocery store in photo
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CallNo: NC12-  
Descriptive Title: Business District "Growing Up"   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: 1920s   Provenance:
Size: 8.5 x 11"   Condition: good
Text: Here's another business district view in Liberal probably in the early 20's, to note the model cars which abounded on the streets. It's the corner of Second and Kansas and where you note Star Grocery, Evans Hardware, Scandrett & Fuest Hardware, Smith Bros. Drug and across the street, the George Store and unreadable store fronts. Today you can note in the named order, Mullins Furniture, Arganbright's, Alene's Cafe, Southwest Photo, Independent Hardware, Smith Drug, Wood's Grisier's, etc. Smith's is the only one that remains under the original name.
Misc Info: Cutline for book: This was in the 1920's. Star grocery in immediate foreground, then Evans Harness Co., Scandrett and Fuest Hardware and Smith's Drug, in that order. John George's grocery store is in the background. No paving, no traffic lights, center-street parking. The old town has a long ways to go.
Subject: Liberal business district
newspaper clipping
1920s
grocery store in photo
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CallNo: P192-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: Main Street in Garden City, Kansas   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 13/16 x 4 13/16   Condition: fair
Text: [front] [?] Main Street - The; A616 [back] Main St. Garden City 1916 year we landed in the town. An uncle had been there since 1905 in Real Estate Biz. Photo from Ottis B. Zirkle P.O. Box 102 Brownton, W.Va.; Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas.
Misc Info: Picture is of a main street with cars parked in front of the store fronts. There are street lamps.
Subject: Garden City, Kansas
Main Street
automobiles
buildings
store fronts
1916
Ottis B. Zirkle
Brownton, West Virginia
Street scene
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CallNo: P212-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: Beaver, Oklahoma Main Street   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 8 x 10 1/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] (arrow pointing left) 24 pics (arrow pointing right) Main St. Beaver, OK; 1893; [back] (arrow pointing left) 24 picts (arrow pointing right); ['rgs]; 41 1/2; Billy Olive, son of J.P. (Print) Olive, was bushwacked from behind the smaller building at the left as he and "Lengthy" Halford rode up and tied their horses in front of large building at right of picture (Garrigue? General Store) HEC; Please return photo to - Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Picture is of Main St. in Beaver, OK 1893. Buildings look run down. There is brush in the street. Photo has torn tape mark on top back.
Subject: Beaver, Oklahoma
Main Street
1893
Billy Olive
J.P. (Print) Olive
bushwacked
Lengthy Halford
Garrigres General Store
  Related to:  E26
M/F12
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CallNo: P259-A3p  
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Descriptive Title: W. C. Stout Store at Arkalon, Kansas   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1896-7   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/4 x 5 7/8   Condition: good
Text: [back] 3 col HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [note] W.C. Stout Store at Arkalon, Kansas circa 1896-7. This shows the south and east view of the store, being the main intersection of the town, only a short walk from the depot and stockyards. Photo from an original owned by Mrs. Frank Stefan, 711 N. Grant, Liberal, Kans.
Misc Info: Photo is of a huge building. Part is two stories with a porch on the second floor. There is a man and women standing on the sides of the corner door. There is a horse or mule on the left side of photo and a windmill in the left background.
Subject: store
Arkalon, KS
W. C. Stout
1896
Town
  Related to:  P258-
P260
Other: Photo has a tape tear mark and tape on top back.    

CallNo: P260-A3p  
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Descriptive Title: W. C. Stout Store at Arkalon, Kansas   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1896-7   Provenance:
Size: 3 5/8 x 6 1/8   Condition: good
Text: [back] 3 col [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LAND D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [note] W.C. Stout Store at Arkalon, Kansas circa 1896-7. This is a view showing the north view, the street here running north and south. This was one of the largest buildings in the town. From orginial photo owned by Mrs. Frank Stefan, 711 N. Grant, Liberal, Kansas.
Misc Info: Photo is of a two story building with porches on both stories. looks like porches may go all the way around the building. There is a person on the porch on the left side of picture and a windmill in the background on the right top corner of photo.
Subject: store
Arkalon, Kansas
W. C. Stout
Building
  Related to:  P258
P259
Other: Photo has tape tear mark and tape on top back.    

CallNo: P261-A3p  
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Descriptive Title: The Billy Custer Store at Arkalon   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 4 3/4 x 9 7/16   Condition: good
Text: [back] 5 col [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS [note] THE BILLY CUSTER STORE AT ARKALON Lee Larrabee is the clerk, shown at both sides of the picture, since the picture was taken in two shots. Mr. Custer sits at the desk. Jess McCoid once told how, at Fargo Springs, Custer and another man quarreled in a card game, took to the street, fired a cylinder of cartridges each from revolvers at each other. Failing to score a hit, the two made up again, finished the card game. From an original picture owned by Mrs. Frank Stefan, 711 N. Sherman, Liberal
Misc Info: Photo is of the inside of a store. There are 2 men sitting in chairs and 2 men behind the counters. Looks like same man behind counters at opposite end of store. There are 2 possibly 3 men standing in the store. There is a woodstove. There is a kerosene lantern hanging from the ceiling. Products line the shelves and floor.
Subject: store
Arkalon, KS
inside store
barrel
merchandise
clerk
Billy Custer
Lee Larrabee
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CallNo: P343-A3h  
Descriptive Title: National Bank in Ashland, KS   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/16 x 3 1/2"   Condition: good
Text: [front] [sign on huge building] FIRST NATIONAL BANK 1887 [sign on building next to bank] [?] [possibly says Ashland] DRUGS SODAS [there is 3 words under the other sign, but am unable to read it. [back] [Firs]t National Bank Building [A]shland, Kansas [bui]lt 1888 [1888 crossed out] 1887 [stamp] KODAK VELOX PAPER
Misc Info: Photo is of a huge building on a street corner. It is ornately covered and has many windows. There are businesses attached to it going down both sides of street. The huge building has a clock above the door. Photo has yellow glue stain on back.
Subject: Bank
First National Bank
Ashland, Kansas
Building
Street scene
Drug store
Sodas
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Other: Plastic sleeve has notation 56-61 p 3-A 2 [2 is circled]    

CallNo: P442-A3p  
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Descriptive Title: Billy Custer and Lee Larrabee   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1888-1890   Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: very good
Text: [front] II [back] II ; THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK ; Return To HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [Return To HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 is circled] [note] Q. What prompted businessmen to start up a mercantile store on the vast expanse of prairie in the West? A. Businessmen usually "picked a spot" where they felt the ranchers and settlers would come to them, [would come to them, is underlined] for example along a new railroad, or at a river ford, or at a point where cattle shipments brought trade. This rancher-businessman and his store clerk showed great faith in building along the Cimarron River, in Kansas, in 1888-9. At left, in derby hat, BIlly Custer; Right, Lee Larrabee. ---- Photo from author's collection ; II
Misc Info: Photo is of two men sitting in a buggy with two horses hitched to it. They are standing still in front of a huge building.
Subject: Billy Custer and Lee Larrabee
store
horses
business
mercantile store
  Related to:  P439-
Other: "The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West"    

CallNo: P64-H1b  
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Descriptive Title: Red River, Texas marker   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:private collection - Chrisman Collection
Size: 4 1/16 x 5   Condition: good
Text: [back] Marker at site of Doan's Store at "Red River Crossing." The names and brands of many old friends of the Olives are etched into the granite stone of this marker. Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74, Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas Note (brand symbol) "chain C" of 1876. [back note] Marker at Doan's Crossing of Red River, Texas. At the ford and cattle crossing of Red River, at Doan's Crossing, this stone marker is erected in memory of the trail drivers of Texas. The Olive Brothers crossed here with many herds from Texas and many of the names of their neighbors of the trail are shown engraved on the stone. - Photo by author (underlined). [marker in photo - brand symbols accompany names] C.F. Doan HVS; D.R. Fant; A.S. Ross; Millet; John Camp; C.T. Word; J.C. Sumner; EPH Harrold; T.D. Bugbee; J.K. Payne; W.B. Worsham; Richard King; Doc Burnett; M.A. Withers; T.M. Hobsen; Newman Bros.; John R. Blocker; Hindes & Oden; Shanghai Pierce; C.T. Herring; R.L. Castlebury; S.B. Burnett; St. Andrew Myers; C.W. Word; R.B. Masterson; Geo. Littlefield; Mrs. Amanda Burks; J.G. Ayers; J.R. Ross; Millett & Irvin; Ellison & Deweese; J. Doan; Lot Adams; J.H. Watts; Jim Reed; Mrs. Rabb; W.S. Ikard; J.R. Sumner; Bill Butler; B.L. Crouch; W.H. Meyers; John T. Lytle; Meyer Halff; Ike T. Pryob; Jim Ellison; W.H. Wheeler; Charley Neal; J.P. Hamilton; Thomas O'Connor; C.C. Slaughter; Eddleman Bros.; Lee & Reynolds; Lee Kokernot; Bud Matthews; Lytle & Schreiner; Mitchell & Presnall; Nutter & Neville; D. Waggoner & son; Adair & Goodnigh; Gudden, Warren & Sanborn; S.B. Scoville 7LX
Misc Info: Stone marker at Red River, Texas lists names of trail drivers and their brands.
Subject: stone marker
Red River, Texas
engraved names
livestock brands
Doan's store
Olive family
Doan's Crossing
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Other: Photo has tape and tape tear marks on left back.    

CallNo: PC26-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: The Jones and Plummer Trail - Beaver City Oklahoma   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: 1961; 1893   Provenance:private collection - Harry Chrisman
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] The Jones and Plummer Trail - Main Street, Beaver City Okla., 1893 [back] The Jones Plummer Trail, circa 1873-1893, extended southward from Dodge City, Kansas, through Beaver City, in No Man's Land, to Fort Elliott, Mobeetie and Rath City, Texas. The trail was the main artery of commerce, first for the Buffalo Hide Hunters and the freighters, later for the cattle herds that ranchers moved up to Dodge City and the Santa Fe railway. I layed out these cards (500) for Mrs. Sharp. Had them printed by Rawleigh Wyant and Don Adams at Southwest Daily Times. H.E.C. 1961 Post Card
Misc Info: Trail through Beaver City, Okla. Storefronts line street.
Subject: Jones and Plummer Trail
Main Street in Beaver City, Oklahoma
stores
brush
Beaver City Museum
Mrs. Sharp Fort Elliott, Texas No Man's Land
Dodge City, Kansas Mobeetie, Texas
Rath City, Texas buffalo hide hunters
Rawleigh Wyant Don Adams Southwest Daily Times
Santa Fe Railway
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CallNo: PC5-D2a  
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Descriptive Title: Broom corn crop in Liberal   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:private collection - Maurine and Crompton Tate
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] #53 Always Something (letter "s" is backwards) doing at Liberal. [back note] A Saturday street scene during the booming broom-corn years in Southwest Kansas. Photo courtesy Maurine and Crompton Tate. Don't mark photo! [back] When hardware its hardware, can't even buy a snap in it, was in the harness shop also, but did not talk with the owner Edison. Was in the court house also. Aug had some business there in regards school bonds he is treasure of their district. Aug. is having quite a time out here. Sunday we are invited out to dinner. There is a family here from Chester, Neb., by the name of John Preifert. Harry E. Chrisman - Return Pic; Post Card Correspondence here (short vertical line) Place Stamp Here; Name and address here; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 Liberal, Kansas (word ACTUAL written on right side)
Misc Info: Busy street scene with wagons full of broom corn. Downtown Liberal, Kansas, street scene.
Subject: broom-corn
downtown Liberal, Kansas
wagons horses farmers
Southwest Kansas Lands building
Star Grocery building
Edison owner of hardware store
John Preifert
telephone poles street-side shops
Chester, Nebraska
Maurine and Crompton Tate
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