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: P314-A5a

Description: Merchant Ranch

Date of origin: 1891

Type: Print

Size: 5 1/16 x 7

Condition: Excellent


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[note taped to back of photo] The Henry Merchant Ranch—1891 The Merchant Ranch was 22 miles south of Liberal in the Neutral Strip. At the center of the photo is Mrs. Alexander Foltz, mother of Mrs. John King, Liberal. The baby is George Foltz. At the right is Mrs. Henry Merchant. The Pony shown in the photo wasa wild mustang, caught by the cowboys and given to the Merchants. In the 1880’s there were many mustangs in the Oklahoma panhandle country and if caught young enough they made wiry, tough horses. Pony cut off by reproduction ; Palo Duro
[back of note] [is not clear enough to read] [spruh mosl in Af 1898 Mrs. Henry [line over an 8] possible brand symbol Ed Guymon Whiley]


Miscellaneous Info.:

Photo is of a woman standing holding the handle of a toy wagon. There is a baby in the wagon. There is another lady sitting in a chair. There are 2 dogs at her feet. They are in front of a house. There are 3 windows on the side and a door on the end. There is a partial face of a horse on the left side of photo. There is an empty chair behind the lady who is standing.

Other Info.: Photo has tape tear mark on top back.

Related to: P312-A2b11 (Merchant home), P313-A2a2 (E. W. Wright’s parent’s homestead), P314-A5a (Merchant Ranch), P315-F2b5 (Portrait of Mr. Merchant and his daughters), P316-F2b1 (Portrait of Alex Foltz family), P317-A5a (Merchant Ranch), P318-F1b (Portrait of Alec Foltz),

Subject: Cow horses, George Foltz, Henry Merchant, Kansas, Liberal Kansas, Mrs. Alexander Foltz, Mrs. John King, Mustang, Neutral Strip, Oklahoma Panhandle,