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 County: Taylor County, TX
 Collection: Texas Patents
Apparatus for Killing Rodents

Apparatus for Killing Rodents

Date: August 22, 1882
Creator: Palmer, Austin D.
Description: Patent for an apparatus for killing rodents "that may be used effectively for the destruction of all animals that burrow in the ground; and it consists in a furnace for the generation of sulphurous odors or other suffocating gases and a pump for forcing the gases into the burrows of the animals . . . ."
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Earth-Auger.

Earth-Auger.

Date: September 12, 1882
Creator: Porter, Thomas & Gillilland, George Washington
Description: Patent for an earth-auger that allows a hole to "be bored in ordinary soil in much less time than with the ordinary auger. It readily bores in ground in which the ordinary auger will not bore - viz., dry, hard, and packed soil, gravel, and concrete beds."
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Wrench.

Wrench.

Date: May 22, 1883
Creator: Hamrick, Jerome Miller.
Description: Patent for a new and improved wrench. This design "consists in the combination of the main bar, which is provided with a head having a suitable recess to catch over nuts, with a sliding head, which has two surfaces to act in connection with opposite ends of the head, but out of line with each other, and a spring-actuated catch, which catches in suitable ratchets made in the main bar, so as to hold the sliding head in position" (lines
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Earth-Auger.

Earth-Auger.

Date: August 11, 1885
Creator: Porter, Thomas
Description: Patent for an earth auger.
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Adding-Machine.

Adding-Machine.

Date: May 12, 1891
Creator: Wright, Joseph W.
Description: Patent for am adding machine by using two disks, one a units-disk with pins in multiples of ten, one a tens-disk, is an annular disk with pin surrounding the units disk, an outwardly spring-pressed holder having a beveled outer end frictionally engaging the pins of the tens-disk and a carrier having oppositely-beveled ends engaged a supplemental pin and one pin on the tens-disks, teeth in the adjacent faces of the holder and carrier, and an idle-gear between them to enable the adding operation. (Lines 50-62) Illustration is included.
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Tire-Heater.

Tire-Heater.

Date: June 16, 1891
Creator: Cook, Nathan H.
Description: Patent for improvements in “tire-heating furnace where tires of various sizes may be heated either independently or continuously and having certain other highly advantageous characteristics.” (Lines 7-13) Illustration is included.
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Cotton-Chopper.

Cotton-Chopper.

Date: December 1, 1891
Creator: McCaul, James L.
Description: Patent for improvements in cotton choppers and thinners by using a combination of “a rectangular frame having the transverse arch, the axle having the ground-wheels and the drive-gears mounted on the axle, a stirrups shafts, cogs, rotary cutters, and a bifureated cam” (p. 2, lines 85-92) to construct the chopper. This new construction will “provide means for easily adjusting the knives or cutters, and for regulating the distance between the stands of cotton.” (Page 1, lines 12-15) Illustration is included.
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Nut-lock.

Nut-lock.

Date: March 29, 1892
Creator: Terry, David Crockett
Description: Patent for improvements in the means for securing nuts on their bolts. The invention is "especially adapted for use on railway-rails in which the locking devices are subjected to severe and continual jarring" (lines 13-16) including illustrations.
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Kitchen Utensil.

Kitchen Utensil.

Date: June 11, 1895
Creator: Adair, Annie E.
Description: Patent for a kitchen utensil that can be used for washing dishes, scraping cooking vessels, and cleaning ornamental glass and silver.
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Combined Hook and Hammer.

Combined Hook and Hammer.

Date: July 2, 1895
Creator: Tillett, Henry Augustus; Tarpley, Thomas Dee & Moore, Robert Jones
Description: Patent for a combined hook and hammer meant to "combine in its structure the ordinary hook for engaging with the article to be moved, and a handle adapted, when desired, to be used as a hammer, thus dispensing with the necessity for a separate implement of this character, and, second, to combine with the said hook and handle improved means for preventing the accidental contact of the hand of the operator with the article to be handled" (lines 17-26).
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