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 County: Johnson County, TX
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Improvement in Combined Plow-Carrier and Cotton-Chopper.

Improvement in Combined Plow-Carrier and Cotton-Chopper.

Date: May 18, 1869
Creator: Kirtley, Fielding L.
Description: Patent for improvement in combined plow-carrier and cotton-chopper by “combining with a plow-carrier, a revolving wheel, placed at right angles with the line of direction of the plows, and provided with a number of horizontal cutters at the ends of its spokes, for the purpose of cutting square across the ridges of earth cast up by the plows, in which cotton seed is sown, and dividing the ridges into isolated hills, each containing one or more cotton-plants.” (Lines 23-29) Illustration is included.
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Improvement in Cotton Scrapers and Choppers.

Improvement in Cotton Scrapers and Choppers.

Date: November 8, 1870
Creator: Hale, Nathan
Description: Patent for improvement in cotton scrapers and choppers by way of the innovative placement of plows.
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Improvement in Horse-Powers.

Improvement in Horse-Powers.

Date: May 12, 1874
Creator: Powell, James M.
Description: Patent for a "means for driving cotton-gins and other light machinery by animal power; and it relates to that form of animal-power apparatus termed the vertical tread-wheel." (Lines 6-10) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Hay and Cotton Presses.

Improvement in Hay and Cotton Presses.

Date: July 3, 1874
Creator: Kirtley, Fielding L, of Olburne, Texas.
Description: Patent for a new and improved hay and cotton press, including illustrations.
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Improvement in Guide-Wheels for Car-Trucks.

Improvement in Guide-Wheels for Car-Trucks.

Date: November 17, 1874
Creator: Hale, Nathan M.
Description: Patent for a "device or attachment to car-trucks, &c., for preventing their being thrown off the track." (Lines 8-10) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Car-Brakes.

Improvement in Car-Brakes.

Date: June 1, 1875
Creator: Kirtley, Fielding L.
Description: Patent for "car-brakes that work automatically and without manual intervention as soon as the locomotive is stopped." (Lines 12-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Car-Brakes.

Improvement in Car-Brakes.

Date: June 1, 1875
Creator: Kirtley, Fielding L.
Description: Patent for "a means for the automatic application of brakes to the cars of a railway-train; and it consists in a loosely-moving draw-bar attached to the car by means of bolts passing through a central longitudinal slot, and having its sides wrought into two rack-bars, which mesh with pinions upon two windlass-shafts; which arrangement, when the locomotive is "slowed," causes the impact of the cars to drive up the draw-bars and wind up cords upon the windlass-shafts, which communicated with and apply the brakes to the wheels." (Lines 11-23) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Date: October 23, 1875
Creator: Powell, Amos N.
Description: Patent for improvement in bale-ties. "This invention relates to that class of ties or hoops for cotton-bales, in which the band of hoop iron is provided with rigid hooks, studs, or buttons, and matching perforations as means for adjustably uniting the ends."
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Improvement in Wheel-Cultivators.

Improvement in Wheel-Cultivators.

Date: July 25, 1876
Creator: Riddle, William N.
Description: Patent for "an improved wheel-cultivator, which shall be so constructed that it may be readily adjusted for use in marking the ground, covering the seed, and cultivating the plants." (Lines 9-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Improvement in Sulky-Plows.

Improvement in Sulky-Plows.

Date: February 20, 1877
Creator: Riddle, William N.
Description: Patent for an invention of a new and improved sulky-plow, "which shall be so constructed that it may be readily adjusted to cause the plow to take or leave land, and to work at any desired depth in the ground, which will enable the plow to be readily raised from the ground" (lines 13-17). Illustrations included.
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