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 County: Brazoria County, TX
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Improvement in Bee-Hives.

Improvement in Bee-Hives.

Date: March 5, 1878
Creator: Park, Jesse W.
Description: Patent for a bee-hive that prevents insects (such as moths) from entering therein and maximizes the amount of honey collected from the hive, including a detailed explanation and description of the illustration.
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Support for Wire Fences.

Support for Wire Fences.

Date: October 1, 1891
Creator: Weeks, Frank B.
Description: Patent for improvements to supports for wire fences, so that wooden posts and other supplemental devices are not necessary. Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Life-Boat.

Life-Boat.

Date: September 1, 1896
Creator: James, William F.
Description: Patent for an improved life boat that "consists principally of a central closed hull equipped with propelling machinery, and floats extending on the sides of the said hull and rigidly secured thereto, to support the hull in position." (Lines 12-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Car-Axle Bearings.

Improvement in Car-Axle Bearings.

Date: December 3, 1878
Creator: Stratton, Asa E., Jr.
Description: Patent for improvement in car-axle bearings in which "it consists in a box having a chambered back for containing oil, and having grooves along the straight edges of its bearing-surface for receiving a wick, the ends of which extend through holes in the box into the oil reservoir.”
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Improvement in Vehicle Axle-Lubricators

Improvement in Vehicle Axle-Lubricators

Date: October 14, 1879
Creator: Hinkle, James V.
Description: Patent for improvements to the design of axle lubricators, in which the oil reservoir is in the rear as opposed to the front.
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Canal or Ditch Digging Machine.

Canal or Ditch Digging Machine.

Date: August 20, 1895
Creator: Hoefs, Otto
Description: Patent for a canal or ditch digging machine that has a carriage and a mechanism that draws the carriage across the ground, and a boring-tool beneath the carriage. The boring-tool can bore at an adjustable angle.
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Breakwater.

Breakwater.

Date: August 9, 1881
Creator: Follett, Alexander Glass
Description: Patent for a new and improved breakwater. This design "furnish[es] breakwaters for protecting harbors and roadsteads, and keeping open channels through bars at the entrances of harbors, the mouths of rivers, and in other places, and which shall not be liable to be destroyed by the marine worm" (lines 13-19).
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Pump-Strainer.

Pump-Strainer.

Date: May 28, 1895
Creator: Durant, George W.
Description: Patent for a pump-strainer that cleans and separates water or other liquid that is drawn from wells or reservoirs.
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Wire Stretching and Splicing Tool.

Wire Stretching and Splicing Tool.

Date: April 30, 1895
Creator: Bauve, Odelon Joseph la
Description: Patent for a wire stretching and splicing tool used when repairing barbed wire and other wire fences. It connects the ends of broken wires by bringing them together and twisting them. It has a wire gripping device, an adjustable end that corresponds to the wire gripper, a way to separate the above listed parts and bring them back together again, and a clamping device.
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Improvement in Soldering-Irons

Improvement in Soldering-Irons

Date: March 21, 1877
Creator: Stevens, Hennell
Description: Patent for a new and improved soldering iron, which only gives off so much heat from one end and not the other. This patent of the soldering iron a safer tool to work with.
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