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 County: Lavaca County, TX
 Collection: Texas Patents
Electric Railway.
Patent for an electric railway that has the electric conductor on or under the ground, in a tube. The tube gets electricity to the trains via contact-pieces embedded in the tube, and it collapses whenever the train wheels go over it. The tube and conductor are kept safe in a u-shaped hanger underground.
Patent for a wheel-plow that is meant for southern states. All the parts of this plow are adjustable in order to adapt to different sizes of bedding.
Insect-Powder Distributer.
Patent for a poison distributor that has an adjustable discharge distance and does not clog. It is crank operated to generate a steady stream of poison.
Patent for pliers that has one jaw fitted with ribs and the other with grooves. This allows the pliers to clamp onto and kink a wire in an improved way.
Patent for a strong and durable plow-stock that is "capable of receiving and operating in connection with any form of sweep, bull-tongue, or shovel plows, and [provides] means whereby the latter may be adjustably connected to the stock, and said stock readily adjusted, whereby the penetration of the plow may be increased or diminished in accordance with the character of plowing to be done" (lines 10-17).
Well Cleaner.
Patent for a new and improved well cleaner. This design "is to provide a simple instrument by which wells can be cleaned out without descending into them. It is well known that much danger exists in descending into foul wells on account of the poisonous gases often collected near the bottom of the same" (lines 20-26).
Fan Attachment.
Patent for a new and improved fan attachment. This design "consists of an attachment for rocking-chairs, cradles, &c., and having an oscillatory arm adapted to hold a fan" (lines 9-11).
Patent for a new and improved fan. This design "consists mainly, first, in the combination with a swinging bar of metal or wood, or both, carrying the fans, of a balance-weight located at an angle to the line of the bar for the purpose of retarding its backward movement; and, second, in the combination, with a shaft and a hinge-connection uniting the fan-holder clamp to the shaft, of a removable pin by means of which the fan may be caused to move positively with the shaft or swing independently of it, as may be desired" (lines 12-22).
Barber's Paper Clip.
Patent for a new and improved barber's paper clip. This design calls for "a clip formed by doubling upon itself a [flat] strip of metal," which will hold sheets of paper on which barbers can sharpen their razors. A hook exists on the opposite side, by which the paper clip can hang from the hot towel on the customer's face.
Plow Colter.
Patent for a new and improved plow colter. This design calls for a colter that conforms to the face-curve of the plow shovel, thus forming a landside. The colter can be attached to and removed from either side of the plow standard.
Patent for a new and improved buckle. This design utilizes two separate tongues that run freely along a middle bar, which lengthens the life of the strap by distributing pressure and allowing for broken out, frayed, or otherwise worn holes to be circumvented for new ones.
Harness Buckle.
Patent for a new and improved harness buckle. This design calls for a central cross-bar, upon which the frame rests, with fold-able arms that form a loop beneath the side-bars with the assistance of metal pins (lines 57-62). This design eliminates the need for stitching the strap being buckled.
Patent for a new and improved bale tie. This design utilizes a strap-iron binder with notches along the sides that allow for a bail to clamp firmly within them; thus, the bale is fastened.
Improvement in Bale-Ties.
Patent for a new and improved bale-tie design with different buckle and band. It includes illustrations.
Improvement in Rotary Cultivators.
Patent for a machine for "opening ditches to drain land and form fences, and to grade railroads, &c." (lines 15-17) including illustrations and instructions.
Improvement in Picket-Fences
Patent for improvement for Picket Fences, Patent No. 143632 dated October 14, 1873. The improved picket fences composed of zig zag settings with their upper ends brought in line and are connected and supported by wires and posts.
Improvement in seed-planters.
Patent for a seed planter that drops seeds into the plow furrow, where a roller covers the seeds with dirt. Includes illustrations.
Improvement in Picket-Fences.
Patent for secure, inexpensive picket-fence construction using various sizes of wood pieces and wire. It is meant for situations in which wood is scarce. Illustration included.
Improvement in Machines for Making Plow-Irons.
Patent for an improvement in the design for machines for manufacturing plow irons, including illustrations.
Improvement in Insect-Destroyers.
Patent for a device to destroy "winged insects which are destructive to the cotton plants and other vegetation" (lines 19-21) including instructions and illustrations.
Improvment in Cotton Cultivator.
Patent for improvements in cotton cultivators: "designed more especially for cultivating cotton, scraping the earth away from the young plants, and thinning out the same" (lines 11-12).
Improved Saw-Gummer.
Patent for a machine that uses a grindstone to sharpen rotary saws. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Improvement in Cultivators.
Patent for "a new and Improved Cultivator" (lines 3-4) including instructions and illustrations.
Improvement in Seeding-Machines.
Patent for the improvement of the seeding-machine by having a lever that allows the driver to operate the hopper-box, harrow, and smoothing-roller at any time, including illustration.
Improvement in Seed-Planters.
Patent for a seed-planter that "may be attached to the leg of the attendant and operated by the natural movement of the attendant while walking along behind the machine" (lines 20-23), including illustration.