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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: N126-B1b  
Descriptive Title: Train crossing the plains   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 4 x 5   Condition: very good
Text: [at bottom of negative] 82 Kodak
Misc Info: Positive image on negative paper. A train is moving through a town in the background. There is a field and dirt road on the picture. Train's engine is billowing smoke.
Subject: train
railroad tracks
train engine
smoke
town
church steeple
plains
dirt road
crops
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Other: Color image.    

CallNo: N25-E1a6  
Descriptive Title: Leonard Stroud trick riding   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 3 9/16"   Condition: very good
Text: Leonard Stroud trick riding (D.F.P.Co.) 90691
Misc Info: cowboy does trick riding - he's got his legs in the air behind horse's head; his head is in the saddle; horse is running.
Subject: Leonard Stroud
trick riding
D.F.P.Co.
running horse
fence
wooden posts
cowboy
rodeo
rodeo arena
track
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CallNo: N28-E1a4  
Descriptive Title: Leonard Stroud trick riding at Alliance, Nebraska   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 3 11/16"   Condition: very good
Text: eonard Stroud going under neck of running horse Alliance, Nebr.) (D.F.P.Co.) 90700
Misc Info: Cowboy performs trick riding and goes under neck of horse; looks like he's reaching for the saddle.
Subject: Leonard Stroud
running horse
trick riding
Alliance, Nebraska
D.F.P.Co.
cowboy
rodeo
rodeo arena
track ladder
fence wooden posts
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CallNo: N34-E1a5  
Descriptive Title: Stagecoach race at Pendleton, Oregon, roundup   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 3 9/16"   Condition: very good
Text: Stagecoach race Pendleton Roundup (Doubleday) 90676
Misc Info: Two stagecoaches, pulled by teams of horses, race down track; man with arms raised in background; grandstands full of people.
Subject: stagecoaches
horses
cowboys
race
Pendleton Roundup
Pendleton, Oregon
rodeo
rodeo arena
track fence
grandstands spectators Doubleday
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CallNo: N44-E1a5  
Descriptive Title: Frank Smith bulldogging at Pendleton, Oregon, Round-Up   Type: Negative
Date of Origin: 1923   Provenance:
Size: 2 3/4 x 3 1/2"   Condition: very good
Text: 90679; Frank Smith Bulldogging Pendleton Round-Up ([copyright symbol] 1923 R.R. Doubleday); Kodak
Misc Info: Cowboy wrestles steer at rodeo; cowboy on horse to left; cowboy with steer; horse running beside cowboy and steer; circular track; grandstands full of people
Subject: Frank Smith
bulldogging event
Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon
R.R. Doubleday
cowboys
horses
rodeo rodeo arena steer
Kodak fence track
grandstands spectators
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CallNo: P100-E1a6  
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Descriptive Title: Stagecoach race at Pendleton Roundup   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 4 1/8 x 5 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Stagecoach race Pendleton Round-up. (Doubleday)
Misc Info: Two stagecoaches race along track; grandstands in background are full.
Subject: stagecoaches
race
Pendleton Roundup
Pendleton
Doubleday
rodeo
rodeo arena
track
grandstands
spectators cowboys horses telephone poles tree
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Other: copy    

CallNo: P104-E1a6  
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Descriptive Title: Frank Smith bulldogging at Pendleton Roundup   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1923   Provenance:
Size: 4 1/16 x 5 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Frank Smith Bulldogging Pendleton, Round- (© 1923 R.R. Doubleday)
Misc Info: Man jumps off running horse to wrestle steer while other cowboy on horse is running behind him. Grandstands are full of people.
Subject: Frank Smith
bulldogging
steer wrestling
Pendleton Round-up
Pendleton
R.R. Doubleday
rodeo
rodeo arena
track
cowboy horses grandstands spectators fence
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CallNo: P11-B1b1  
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Descriptive Title: Rock Island Train and workers   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/8 x 7 1/16   Condition: good
Text: [front] Jim Miller Ed Campbell (in cab) Mexican laborers O.B. Wimmer on tender [back] Jim Miller lived at Liberal, Kansas when he won this Carnegie medal for trying to rescue man and boy buried in cesspool. HEC 6 [6 is circled] Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver Colo. 80125 [back note] Harry: I wrote Geo. Miller asking if he wanted this old picture of his father, and he didn't mention it in his reply, so guess he didn't. It would be worthy preserving in museum, because he's (Jim Miller) the one who got the Carnegie Medal for trying to rescue those w men buried in cave-in. I had the complete acct. in Times not too long ago. -- Maurine
Misc Info: Four men in front of engine No. 1442. Attached car 1442 (both of Rock Island Railroad) sits in front of elevator. Car has load of rock or some other material (tender?)
Subject: Rock Island Railroad train
Jim Miller
Ed Campbed
O.B. Wimmer
Mexican laborers
elevator train track tender Carnegie Medal
railroad cars railroad engine No. 1442
Liberal Kansas George Miller
Southwest Daily Times
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Other: Note says the photo is from Maurine, possible Maurine Tate? Photo is in a mat/frame. Frame is 7 7/8 x 9 15/16"    

CallNo: P14-B1b2  
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Descriptive Title: Passenger train   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:Southwest Daily Times
Size: 8 x 10   Condition: good
Text: [back note] "The Last Highball." Here the news photographer catches the last passenger train as she gets ready to leave Liberal, Kansas. The "no seats available" policy finally ended passenger service to this busy southwest Kansas town. Photo by Joe Cannon, Southwest Daily Times. 25 40 75% [back] 25 [25 is circled] Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215
Misc Info: Railroad worker stands beside passenger train with one arm raised and hand pointing toward depot in background. Worker is in shadow.
Subject: Passenger train
railroad workers
depot building
cars
old wagon
Liberal Kansas
The Last Highball
train track light poles
Joe Cannon Southwest Daily Times
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Other: Photo has stains on back. Photo has tape on top back.    

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: P161-B1b1  
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Descriptive Title: Rock Island's last steam locomotives   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1969   Provenance:
Size: 8 1/16 x 10 1/16   Condition: good
Text: [front] [emblem] Rock Island; The Rock Island's last steam locomotives were the twenty 5100-series, 4-8-4, Northerns, purchased from Alco in two seperate orders. Oil burners 5100-5109 were delivered in 1944, and two years later the railroad received coal burners 5110-5119. The engines were 109 feet long, weighed in at nearly 423 tons fully loaded, had 74-inch, roller-bearing-equipped drivers and operated on 270 pounds of steam pressure. [back] cancell this order 4/28/69 Mb
Misc Info: Print with two trains and caption at the bottom; top train is 5100; bottom is 5119; Rock Island logo at left of caption; back writing in purple and pencil.
Subject: Rock Island locomotives
Rock Island Railroad
steam locomotive
5100-series
telephone poles, buildings
Northerns
Alco roller-bearing-equipped drivers
oil burners 5100-5109 S-1920 S-1984
coal burners 5110-5119
railroad engines railroad tracks
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CallNo: P332-A2b11  
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Descriptive Title: Shady Lawn   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 9/16 x 3 11/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] Old [insert symbol] OX Ranch house [Old Ranch house crossed out] Error between Liberal and Guymon - north of Rock Island tracks. [Rock Island tracks underlined] this is "Shady Lawn 1 mile East of Old OX Ranch HEC Picture NO. 2 [Picture NO. 2 crossed out]
Misc Info: Photo is of a building with either 3 long windows or 3 doors showing. The roof is in decay. There are tree limbs in the foreground and trees in the background. There are bushes with fuzzy circle flowers or weeds on them.
Subject: Shady Lawn
Ox Ranch
Liberal, Kansas
Guymon, Oklahoma
Rock Island tracks
Scrapbook
Envelope
  Related to:  P331
Other: Plastic sleeve has a notation 56-61 p2 Envelope    

CallNo: P3-B1b  
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Descriptive Title: Orange train wreck   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1902   Provenance:Chrisman Collection - private
Size: 4 9/16 x 6 5/16   Condition: fair
Text: [front] An other picture of the orange train wreck. [back note] In 1902 the engine of one train crashed into the caboose of a fruit train. Oranges were scattered all over the tracks at Liberal, KS. Dr. J.C. Watkins was obliged to use an axe in cutting a trainman's leg off to extract him from the wreckage near the boiler. The man was deadheading back to his home. Dr. Watkins later lived at Harlingen Texas. Photo from Chrisman Collection. 8 24 65 % [on back] Train wreck on Chi & Rock Island at Liberal, Kansas, circa 1902. Engine of one train hit caboose of second train. Trainman's leg had to be cut off to free him from engine. Several carloads of oranges were scattered [pell mill] over the right-of-way. 8 Harry E. Chrisman Lane D. Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts, Liberal, KS Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215
Misc Info: Photo is of a wrecked caboose, train engine. Cars sit on tracks. Crowd gathered, some working on train. Debris and other items litter the ground.
Subject: orange train caboose
train engine
gathered crowd
debris
Liberal, Kansas
telephone poles
steam from engine
train cars Harlingen Texas barrel
building train track Dr. J.C. Watkins
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Other: Photo is on thick cardboard.    

CallNo: P434-B1b  
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Descriptive Title: Railroad Building   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] VII [VII is crossed out] XII on pg 302 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] [stamp] THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK [job form] Job Name Ohio Univ Job No. 43044 Page 302 65% 12- 7
Misc Info: Photo is of railroad workers. There is a bridge with a train and track on it. There are men sitting on front of train engine and a man standing in front of train. There are 2 men on a hand rail car on the track to the left of train. There is a man standing on a wall that is not completely built yet. There are buildings in the background. There is a huge mountain in the background with something on the top.
Subject: Railroad
railroad workers
tracks
plateau
rocks
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Other: "The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West" Photo is on bottom back.    

CallNo: P454-B1b1  
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Descriptive Title: Pride of the Prairie   Type: Print
Date of Origin: unknown   Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: very good
Text: [front] PRIDE of the PRAIRIES Engine 35...vintage of 1882...rolled up an incredible mileage in its day and is still in perfect running condition. The little Mail Car is a replica of one in which on July 28, 1862, enroute from West Quincy to St. Joseph, Missouri, over what is now a part of the Burlington main line from Chicago to Kansas City and St. Joseph, United States Mail was first sorted while in transit. The purpose was to speed the departure of the overland stage coach from St. Joseph to California. This was the forerunner of the present-day Railway Mail Service. [back] XII [XII is crossed out] ; 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] Q. Has there ever been a book about Otto Kuhler, artist and designer of railroad engines? Where may I get one? A. Yes. Kuhler, before his death in 1977, completed his work, My Iron Journey. [My Iron Journey. is underlined] Illustrated with some of his finest oils in full color, it was published by Johnson Publ., Co., Box 990, Boulder, Co. 80306, where it may still be obtained at $18.50. In 1980, his wife Simonne published her story of their romantic and adventurous lives in her book, The Day That Changed My World. [The Day That Changed My World is underlined] Their lives in WW I in Europe, then in the U.S.A., as ranchers and creative people make fine reading. --Photo courtesy Burlington Route. ; XII [XII is crossed out] [front of picture] Pride of the Prairies Engine 35...vintage of 1882..rolled up an incredible mileage in its day and is still in perfect running condition. The little Mail car is a replica of one in which on July 28, 1862, enroute from West Quincy to St. Joseph, Missouri, over what is now a part of the Burlington main line from CHicago to Kansas CIty and St. Joseph, United States Mail was first sorted while in transit. The purpose was to speed the departure of the overland stage coach from St. Joseph to California. This was the forerunner of the present-day Railway Mail Service.
Misc Info: Photo is of a train engine, tender and a car. There is a sign on top of train with words on it. The train is on a track.
Subject: railroad engine
Mail car
Railroad track
Otto Kuhler
My Iron Journey
Simonne Kuhler
The Day That Changed My World
Burlington Route
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Other: "The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West"    

CallNo: P525-B1b  
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Descriptive Title: Train crossing the plains   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: good
Text: [back] Reduce to 2 1/2 x 3" ; THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK ; Please Return to HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [yellow sticky note] 60% .25 [.25 is underlined twice] Back Flap
Misc Info: A train is moving through a town in the background. There is a field and dirt road in the foreground. Train's engine is billowing smoke.
Subject: train
railroad tracks
train engine
smoke.
town
church steeple
plains
dirt road
crops
  Related to:  N126
C19
C20
Other: Photo has tape covering address stamp. Photo has ink stains from address stamp.    

CallNo: P72-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: train wreck   Type: Print
Date of Origin: July 1919   Provenance:
Size: 5 x 6 7/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] [62 is on a Pole] [back] 15 [15 is circled] ; [there is another circle with scribbles in it] ; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [note] 15 [15 is circled] 24 [24 is circled] In July of 1919, Engine No. 921, Bob Ford and Rex Mathews in the cab, Left the track on the north side as the train they were pulling [following written first and then scribbled out]went over on the south side, killing both men. --- Photos courtesy O.B. Wimmer. 62%
Misc Info: Train on it's side off of track. Track missing in one section. Another train on track behind wreck. 7 men looking at missing tracks. Fence on side. House in background.
Subject: Train wreck
train track
men
train
fence
house
Engine No. 921
Bob Ford
Rex Mathews
O.B. Wimmer photo
  Related to:  P73-C2c
Other: Photo is stained on back. Corners were bent.