Chrisman Collection

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.


Call No: NC8-F1b

Description: Carl Smith Obituary

Date of origin: 2-26-1976

Type: Newspaper Clipping

Size: 3 1/2 x 3 7/8″

Condition: Good


W. Thayer, Box 2175, Wenatchee, Wash. 98801; Wenatchee (Wa.) World, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1976 13; Former Wild West Show rider, 117, dies; Seattle (AP) – Former Buffalo Bill Wild West Show rider Carl Smith, the son of a slave and a Cherokee Indian mother, has died here at age 117. Smith said he was born on Christmas Day in Cherokee, Kan., in 1858. His father fled to Kansas after escaping slavery in Virginia. (next paragraph) He rode in the Pawnee Bill wild west show, and served in the Army for 30 years. He fought in frontier Indian skirmishes before the turn of the century and also served in Cuba and the Philippines. (next paragraph) Smith, who died Sunday, worked as a longshoreman for 23 years after coming to Seattle in 1916. (next paragraph) Services are planned for today. There are no known survivors.


Miscellaneous Info.:

Newspaper clipping of obituary; address label, white at top; headline in italic font

Other Info.:

Related to: C7-F1b (Carl Smith obituary comment),

Subject: Army Virginia, Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Carl Smith, Cherokee Kansas, longshoreman, Pawnee Bill Wild West Show, Philippines, Seattle Washington, W. Thayer, Washington Cherokee Indian Cuba, Wenatchee, Wenatchee World,