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[Red wooden station staff]

[Red wooden station staff]

Date: 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Red wooden station staff to surveyor's transit set. Round staff is capped at base with pointed iron end piece. Brass tip at top swivels. The object is called a "Jacob's Staff" and is used by surveyors to support a compass. The pointed end is jabbed into the ground and the compass is attached to the threaded piece at the top. The ball at the top allows the compass to be levelled.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Surveyor's transit]

[Surveyor's transit]

Date: 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Surveyor's transit, mounts with spring-action pin to tripod (1999.012.001b). Face is engraved with cardinal directions, with a star replacing North. Two bubble levels built into face. Degrees and minutes marked around circumference of face. Dial on side changes display on face to read numbers between 1 and 16. Manufacturer: T.F. Randolph, Cincinnati, Ohio. Patent date June 24, 1879. Scope mounts to compass body with screw pins from underneath. Needle tightens by screw action on "W" side of compass. Scope is mounted on a triangular support with single cross beam and center pivot. Focus knob moves but is tight. Surveying equipment belonged to Henry Hamilton Russell (1847-1932) , who came to Hallettsville, Texas from England before 1870. Russell was a surveyor for Lavaca County.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[A white two story house with small central upper and lower porches.]

[A white two story house with small central upper and lower porches.]

Date: 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of a white two story house with small central upper and lower porches, dark 'shutters, Brick chimney on right end, white picket fence around yard. Five African Americans standing among trees to the left of house. Three boys and a dog standing on and next to steps to front gate. Man, woman, girl standing in front of bottom porch. Five people (three men, two women?) standing on upper porch. Several outbuildings visible behind the house. Image is faded and yellow. Image is mounted on thin cardboard matte. Matte is missing lower right corner and upper right corner. Image dimensions: 24.2 cm x 19.1 cm. Photo is often referred to as "Old Prairie Home" of the Jones/Ryon family (George Ranch). Digital enhancement (performed 12/1999) of back side of matte revealed "Mr. Walter Jones, Richmond, Tex." written faintly in pencil.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Whitten Home, Richmond.]

[Whitten Home, Richmond.]

Date: 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Whitten Home, Richmond. Home was originally located on the 300 block of Jackson St., now is located at 500 Houston Street as the Long-Smith Cottage. One story wood home, double chimneys, central front porch. Four people are standing on the front porch. White fence encloses yard. Large, bare tree in yard at left. Image is mounted on a tan cardboard matte. Image dimensions are 21.3 cm x 15.0 cm. Image is very faded and yellow. Matte is damaged as follows: lower right corner broken off; missing piece along upper edge, 7.5-12.5 cm from left corner.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Wooden tripod base]

[Wooden tripod base]

Date: 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Wooden tripod base to 1999.012.001a. Metal covered tip is missing from bottom of one of three turned legs. Levels transit with four screw knobs.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
H.B. Scutt barbed wire, Patented September 21, 1880

H.B. Scutt barbed wire, Patented September 21, 1880

Date: September 21, 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: H.B. Scutt barbed wire, Patented September 21, 1880
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn.]

[F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn.]

Date: 1881
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph (copy) of F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn. Fenn, who has dark curling hair, is wearing a dark jacket and vest with white shirt and black bow tie. He is standing next to a structure on which his right arm is resting. His left arm is on his left hip. A pocket watch chain can be seen hanging at his waist. Portrait ends near knees and has Fenn facing the right. Scanned image is of the copy.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Probate petition of Clem Bassett]

[Probate petition of Clem Bassett]

Date: January 1881
Creator: unknown
Description: Probate petition of Clem Bassett, January term 1881.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
Double strand barbed wire, M.C. Shinn, patented March 1, 1881

Double strand barbed wire, M.C. Shinn, patented March 1, 1881

Date: March 1, 1881
Creator: unknown
Description: Double strand barbed wire, M.C. Shinn, patented March 1, 1881
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
Single strand. M. C. Shinn, Patented March 1, 1881

Single strand. M. C. Shinn, Patented March 1, 1881

Date: March 1, 1881
Creator: unknown
Description: Single strand. M. C. Shinn, Patented March 1, 1881
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum