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 Decade: 1860-1869
 Collection: Texas Patents
Improvement in Cultivators.

Improvement in Cultivators.

Date: September 28, 1869
Creator: Hall, Thomas J.
Description: Patent for improvement in cultivators by using adjustable screw-rods from the ends of short laterally-vibrating levers to suspend the cultivator-beams in the front; the levers are arranged to be operated by an attendant’s feet. Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Stalk and Cane-Puller.

Improvement in Stalk and Cane-Puller.

Date: August 31, 1869
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
Description: Patent for improvement in stalk puller by using “two pointed teeth or prongs peculiarly constructed, and secured to a suitable handle to which an adjustable fulcrum is connected, in order to allow the implement to be manipulated by persons of different statures and strength.” (Lines 18-22) Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Cotton-Hoes.

Improvement in Cotton-Hoes.

Date: August 31, 1869
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
Description: Patent for improvement in cotton-hoes for the purpose of saving time when spacing and thinning cotton plants by providing an angular handle with bent arms that can be attached to the back of the hoes. The hoe is made up with three separate cutters with spaces in between to allow young plants equally spaced in each row. The middle cutter can be removed when second thinning is needed to avoid injuring the plants. Illustration is included.
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Improved Compound for Treating the Human Hair.

Improved Compound for Treating the Human Hair.

Date: October 26, 1869
Creator: Lount, William R.
Description: Patent for an improved compound for straightening, softening and renewing the human hair, ingredients and proportions are listed. No illustration.
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Improvement in Cotton-Picker and Cleaner.

Improvement in Cotton-Picker and Cleaner.

Date: August 31, 1869
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
Description: Patent for improvements in cotton-picker and cleaner by using rotary breakers combined with fixed breakers to break the branches and outer coverings of the cotton in the bolls. The cotton then passes through an “inclined-way” where the rotary breakers are spirally-arranged on a concentric cylinder to carry the cotton out of the cleaner. (Lines 69-75) Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Cultivators.

Improvement in Cultivators.

Date: November 2, 1869
Creator: Baker, William T.
Description: Patent for improvement in cultivators in which the plows can be adjusted by width, height and laterally to regulate the depth and angle of inclination. The plows, which can be operated by a foot device, may be simultaneously thrown from the ground. (Lines 73-76) Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Cultivators.

Improvement in Cultivators.

Date: September 7, 1869
Creator: Baker, Job McNamee
Description: Patent for improvement in cultivators by making all the beams that had blades attached to them adjustable by a lever. A roller is designed for covering the seed and smoothing over the ground after the seeds are discharged by a slider which is operated by a crank-shaft near the end of the machine. A detachable revolving stalk-cutter can be used for cutting stalks on the ground by means of a suitable connector at the rear end of the machine. Illustration is included.
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Improved Ditching-Machine.

Improved Ditching-Machine.

Date: November 16, 1869
Creator: McGehee, James W.
Description: Patent for improvement in ditching machine which “consists of a boring or ditching-auger, suspended from the frame of a truck, and having an enlarged head projecting in advance of the truck, and rotated, so as to bore out a groove as the truck is moved along, screwing the earth taken back through a trough, to an elevator which carries it up to a spout, chuting it to one side.” (Lines 13-19) Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Hay and Cotton-Presses.

Improvement in Hay and Cotton-Presses.

Date: October 5, 1869
Creator: Berkeley, John
Description: Patent for improvements in presses for hay, cotton and similar substances, by making the machine portable and the box that holds hay or cotton is adjustable vertically and horizontally. Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Three-Horse Equalizers.

Improvement in Three-Horse Equalizers.

Date: August 31, 1869
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
Description: Patent for improvement in treble-trees by using “two stretcher-loops that are jointed on the double-tree at points on each side of the centre, so that the strain is not at one point, but somewhat distributed.” (Lines 42-44) “The loops can be adjusted so that should there be any material inequality in the strength of the three horses, one can equalized by arranging the loops accordingly nearer to or further away from the centre on either one or both sides.” (Lines 45-49) Illustration is included.
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