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  • cathy cannon

    American frontier: 1886. Daughters of ranchman Joseph M. Chrisman, left to right: Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie and Ruth. Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County, Nebraska.

  • Santuccio Album

    Vintage Victorian | American frontier: 1886. Nebraska. | Wild wild west

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    Photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886; published in Butcher's "Sod Houses, or the Development of the Great American Plains", 1904, p. 4.

  • Alex Fortner

    thirtymilesout: The Chrisman Sisters with their horses on a claim in Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County Courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Solomon Butcher Collection

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