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: P17-D2b

Description: Watermelon farming

Date of origin: ca. 1903 or 1904

Type: Print

Size: 4 3/4 x 6 7/8

Condition: Fair


[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.]

Provenance: private collection – Mrs. Pearl Wartenbee Spratt

Miscellaneous 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.

Other Info.: 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″

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Subject: Al Lawder, Bill Love, farming equipment crusher and pit, horses watermelon seeds hopper pulp rinds, Jay Wartenbee, No Man’s Land, Parl Wartenbee Spratt, Tommy Love, Wagons, watermelons,