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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: C14-A3j  
Descriptive Title: Caption to P229-A3j   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
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: M1-A5a  
Descriptive Title: Map of Oklahoma - hand drawn   Type: 
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 1/2 x 5 3/4"   Condition: fair
Text: [front] Irvin Green, 2-27-61; Hi-way 54/64, Beaver River, Guymon, Coldwater, Hardesty, Duro - Palo Duro, Okla. 3, Boyd, Balco, Gray, Lone Rock, Pa's Stone House, Red Rock.
Misc Info: There is a small map in the left bottom corner.
Subject: Palo Duro Lone Rock
stone house
Irvin Green
Guymon, Oklahoma
Hardesty, Oklahoma
Red Rock
Beaver River
Coldwater, Oklahoma Balco, Oklahoma
Boyd, Oklahoma
Gray Oklahoma, Hiway 54/64
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C5-A5a
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CallNo: N218-A5a  
Descriptive Title: Map of Oklahoma - hand drawn   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 7/16 x 5 9/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Irvin Green, 2-27-61; Hi-way 54/64, Beaver River, Guymon, Coldwater, Hardesty, Duro - Palo Duro, Okla. 3, Boyd, Balco, Gray, Lone Rock, Pa's Stone House, Red Rock.
Misc Info: Labeled as Plastics. It looks like a negative but feels like plastic, smooth on one side and rough on the other. Was in a folded Southwest Daily Times advertising copy paper with 3 other plastics.
Subject: Palo Duro Lone Rock
Stone house
Irvin Green
Guymon, Oklahoma
Hardesty, Oklahoma
Red Rock
Beaver River
Coldwater, Oklahoma Balco, Oklahoma
Boyd, Oklahoma
Gray Oklahoma, Hiway 54/64
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N216
N217
M1
P131
C5
E2
Other: Plastic negative is of a map of Oklahoma.    

CallNo: N70-F2f1  
Descriptive Title: Cowboys watering horses while rounding up cattle   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 7/16 x 3 3/8"   Condition: very good
Text: 11; H; Kodak Safety Film; Kodak Safety Film; No. 17
Misc Info: 5 cowboys on horseback in stream; horses drinking; cattle on plains in background.
Subject: cowboys
horses
cattle
plains
stream
bank of the stream
Kodak
water
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CallNo: N84-F2b1  
Descriptive Title: Negative of Tom Babbitt's Family   Type: Negative
Date of Origin: 1880-1900   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 2 7/16"   Condition: excellent
Text: left to right, Salema Myers, Mary Preston, Roy, Mama, Willis and myself.
Misc Info: Picture of Tom Babbitt and his family at their home near Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Subject: Tom Babbitt
Salema Myers
Roy Babbitt
Willis Babbitt
Mary Preston
Mrs. Babbitt
windmill water tank house
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N86-F2f1
N87-F2a1
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CallNo: P17-D2b  
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Descriptive Title: Watermelon farming   Type: Print
Date of Origin: ca. 1903 or 1904   Provenance:private collection - Mrs. Pearl Wartenbee Spratt
Size: 4 3/4 x 6 7/8   Condition: fair
Text: [front] Don't mark this photo! [back note] This rare old photograph taken on the Wartenbee claim in No Man's Land shows the processing of watermelon seeds from the whole melon. Man at left on wagon scoops melons into hopper of Crusher; melons are chewed up in hopper, drain pulp and seeds through the wire mesh into Pit. Rinds are thrown on pile. The Crusher is powered by horse team at right. When seeds are washed, dried and bagged they are ready for sale. Photo courtesy Mrs. Pearl Wartenbee Spratt, Mount Vernon, Mo. [back] (about 1903 or 4) 100 acres of melons grown for seeds [line with an x drawn] Al Lawder [x drawn] Jay Wartenbee [line and x drawn] Bill Love [ x drawn]Tommy Love Return to Harry Chrisman Liberal, Kansas Harry E. Chrisman 1024 W. 17th Ave. Denver, CO 80215 Harry E. Chrisman 1024 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 Picture from Mrs. Pearl Spratt nee Wartenbee Mount Vernon, Mo. [map drawn on back of picture showing Old Tyrone, the Rock Island railroad and the Wartenbee farm.]
Misc Info: Photo is of watermelon farmers. They remove seeds from whole watermelons. Rinds are thrown in pile at right. There is a machine in the center and wagons with horses on both sides. There is one man in the back of wagon on the left. There is a boy and a man holding a watermelon. There is another man in front of machine with hands on hips.
Subject: watermelons
Jay Wartenbee
Al Lawder
Bill Love
Tommy Love
wagons
horses watermelon seeds hopper pulp rinds
farming equipment crusher and pit
No Man's Land
Parl Wartenbee Spratt
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Other: Photo is in a cardboard mat/frame. Frame and photo is torn and taped on upper left corner. Frame has tape on back also. Frame is 8 x 1/16"    

CallNo: P206-D2b  
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Descriptive Title: seeding watermelons   Type: Print
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Size: 5 x 7 1/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] Taken about the of 1896 or 1897; F.M. Steele. Artist. Liberal, Kansas. [has red x's and marks on photo] [back] Make 7" x 3 1/4" [2 ink stamps of:] Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215; Return photo to; [1 stamp of:] Harry E. Chrisman Lane D Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas [note 1]Copy M-2 In this above scene of a watermelon seed harvest, taken by F.M. Steele, photographer, in 1897, is shown watermelons on the Norton Hockett farm, near Liberal, Kansas, undergoing processing to obtain the seeds. The seeds were sold to the Ferry Seed Co., (now Ferry-Morse Seed Co). Hundreds of acres of the good, new sod lands were devoted to the raising of watermelons, principally for the seeds. Eventually a machine for crushing the melons was devised, and the pulp thrown into a large pit to "sour." This cleaned the pulp from the seeds which were then dried and sacked for the market. [paragraph underlined] Use above Copy in book. [Note 2 ][paragraph is crossed out] SEEDING WATERMELONS ---- Circa 1896-97 on Norton Hockett farm, near Liberal, Kansas. Photo by F.M. Steele, Liberal. Man on knees at left: Shannon Bowman. Norton Hockett, owner of melons. Andrew ", owner's son. Buggy with 3 girls: Ethel Hockett (Will Bowman's future wife). Bell Bowman (Asa Hockett's future wife) Bell Hanner (Tom Smith's future wife) Mr. Dillon Gideon Hockett Sitting or kneeling: Will Bowman Standing by barrel: John R. Cook Lumber wagon and horses: Johnny Wright and Asa Hockett. Carrying melon: Fred Bowman and John Crothers Seeding melons: Ancel Hampelton and Elvin Carr. Front Melon marked "60 Pounds" Do not[underlined] use this copy in book.
Misc Info: Picture is of various people seeding watermelons. There are 3 girls in a buggy and a wagon with 2 horse team. Photo has tape on top back and right side back. There is a tear on left back.
Subject: watermelon seed harvest
F.M. Steele
photographer
Norton Hockett farm
Liberal, Kansas
Ferry Seed Co.
Ferry-Morse Seed Co.
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CallNo: P211-D2b  
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Descriptive Title: Seeding watermelons   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] Taken about the of 1896 or 1897; F.M. Steele. Artist. Liberal, Kansas. One watermelon is circled with an arrow pointing to it. It has 60 lbs written on it. [back] SUN MAG; 79; 79 (circled); Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas; 3 vol-32 Picas; Cash Crop. [note] Seeding Watermelsons --- Circa 1896-97 Photo by F.M. Steele, Liberal, KS. Man on knees at left: Shannon Bowman. Norton Hockett, owner of melons. Andrew " (ditto marks) son of owner. Buggy with 3 girls: Ethel Hockett, Bell Bowman and Bell Hanner, Tom Smith's future wife. Ethel was Will Bowaman's (a crossed out) future wife. Mr. Dillon Gideon Hockett Sitting or kneeling: Will Bowman Standing by barrell: John R. Cook lumber wagon and horses: Johnny Wright and Asa Hockett. carrying melon: Fred Bowman and John Crothers. seeding melons: Ancel Hampelton and Elvin Carr. On Norton Hockett Farm, Front melon market 60 lbs. (arrow points to 65 lb melon)
Misc Info: Photo is of people standing, sitting, and kneeling beside watermelons. They are scooping the center out of the rinds. Possible seed harvest. There is one buggy with 3 people in it and one wagon with barrels on it. There is a watermelon that is circled in white with an arrow pointing to it. Photo has tape on the top back.
Subject: Watermelon seed harvest
F.M. Steele photographer
Shannon Bowman
Norton Hockett
John R. Cook
Andrew Hockett Ethel Hockett Bell Bowman
Johnny Wright Asa Hockett Fred Bowman
John Crothers Ancel Hampelton Elvin Carr
Bell Hanner Tom Smith Will Bowman Mr. Dillion
Gideon Hockett
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CallNo: P245-A2a11  
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Descriptive Title: mud road or flood waters   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 5/16 x 4 7/8   Condition: good
Text: [front] 5 col [back] 5 col 2.2 [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is of a street scene. Bottom of photo has curves in the corners. Maybe looking out of a pipe. Sky looks cloudy.
Subject: Flood water
road
buildings
fence
poles
trees
water
street
street scene
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CallNo: P471-H1f  
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Descriptive Title: Platte Bridge Kearney, Nebraska   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1860-1900   Provenance:
Size: 8 1/8 x 9 15/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] [there is writing on front of photo in right bottom corner. It is illegible] [back of photo] B983- ; Platte bridge, one mile long. Kearney, Nebraska ; S.D. Butcher Collection ; IF REPRODUCED OR RESOLD CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN S. D. Butcher NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEGATIVE #
Misc Info: Photo is of a long bridge that is in water. There are 2 wagons each going towards each other. There is a man on horseback turned towards the right wagon.
Subject: Platte Bridge
Kearney, Nebraska
bridge
horses
calvary
soldiers
water
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