Improvement in Cotton-Pickers.

Improvement in Cotton-Pickers.

Date: September 3, 1872
Creator: Sims, Zachariah B.
Description: Patent for an improved cotton-picking machine, including illustrations.
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Portrait of Abner Rayburn

Portrait of Abner Rayburn

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest brother. He is wearing a dark dress suit and bow-tie. It is matted on an oval board. Abner Rayburn was the only Rayburn sibling to be born in Texas. All of Sam Rayburn and his other nine siblings were born in Tennessee. Sam Rayburn was grooming Abner towards a career in politics. Abner died in 1914 of typhoid fever. He was 23 years old.
Contributing Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum
Photograph of Martha Rayburn

Photograph of Martha Rayburn

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Martha Rayburn. She is the daughter of Sam Rayburn's brother, Richard. This is her high school graduation photo. She is wearing a knit sweater with a collar as well as a double-strand necklace of pearls and pearl earrings. Information about the photograph or the subject is printed on the back, but has faded beyond recognition.
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Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley

Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley, Sam Rayburn's sister, wearing a dark-colored formal dress. She is standing in a formal living room next to a couch and chair. She holds her hands in front of her as she faces the camera.
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Poem by Grace Dupree Ridings

Poem by Grace Dupree Ridings

Date: unknown
Creator: Ridings, Grace Dupree
Description: Print of a bird on a fence with a poem by Grace Dupree Ridings. The poem, "Have You?", is as follows: "Have you ever / Seen new violets, / Have you heard / A robin sing, / When you can / Keep from thinking / It is Spring... / It is Spring?"
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Churn.

Churn.

Date: September 11, 1883
Creator: German, Eliza
Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design consists "[i]n a working-body churn, the combination, with the churn-body having centrally-disposed turret, and the breaking-frames having their lower ends resting in suitable seats, in the bottom of the churn-body and their upper ends extended into the turret thereof, of the block having sockets and placed on the breaking-frames with its lower side projected above the turret, and the cap or lid, placed on the turret and bearing against the block and securing the same and the breaking-frames in position" (lines 23-34).
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Fannin Co.

Fannin Co.

Date: 1901
Creator: Pressler, C. W. & Legg
Description: Blue line print of survey map of Fannin County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Hand drawn lines have been made on the published map in pencil. Scale [ca. 1:177,778] (4000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
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Fannin Land District

Fannin Land District

Date: 1859
Creator: Von Rosenberg, W.
Description: Blueline format of Fannin County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, roads, and blocks of land. No scale information given.
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Trawl-Line.

Trawl-Line.

Date: July 24, 1894
Creator: White, Warren Thomas
Description: Patent for a trawl-line that is supported so that it "can be caused to travel continuously in the same or reversed directions at will" (lines 12-14). The invention prevents "the choking of the line supporting pulleys with grasses and other foreign matter, and also to enable the ready adjustment of the pulley son the posts to change the elevation of the trawl-line and the depth of dip of the hooks in the water" (lines 16-21).
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Photograph of Sam Rayburn Eating Breakfast

Photograph of Sam Rayburn Eating Breakfast

Date: 1934-1943
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn eating breakfast with members of his family. Seated at the table from left to right: Will Rayburn (Sam's brother), Sam, and Lucinda Rayburn (Sam's sister). The Rayburn family's cook, Bobbie Phillips, is seen in the background. The family is seated in the Sam Rayburn House breakfast room. Sam Rayburn is eating a porkchop for his breakfast. Other foods that can be seen include biscuits, fried eggs, sausage and berries. Many of the serving items seen in the photo are on display in the Sam Rayburn House Museum today. Will Rayburn came to live with his brother Sam, following the death of his wife. Lucinda Rayburn served as the hostess of the household. Bobbie Phillips served as the family's cook for many years. She married Charlie Phillips, the Rayburn's groundskeeper and together they lived on teh property in the caretaker's cottage. They eventually moved into their own home in Bonham. The Rayburn's breakfast room was converted from a kitchen following the addition of a modern kitchen in the 1940s (prior to this photograph being taken). After the conversion, the old kitchen was modified into a breakfast room, with the family eating the majority of their meals here.
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