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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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Wire-Stretching Spool-Carrier.

Wire-Stretching Spool-Carrier.

Date: August 14, 1894
Creator: Williams, Thomas P.
Description: Patent for a wire-stretching spool-carrier that can be easily mounted to the back of a wagon and can stretch wires to the desired amount of tension. Coils are on the mount on the wagon.
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Track-Raiser.

Track-Raiser.

Date: October 16, 1894
Creator: Steed, Thaddeus Franklin
Description: Patent for an improved track-raiser used during constructing and repairing railways. It is a jack that raises and holds a rail in place.
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