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Description: Patent for an animal trap that requires the animal to fully enter the jaws of the trap to reach the bait and that reliably springs the trap upon the entrance of an animal but not when refilling the bait in the trap.
Date: March 26, 1907
Creator: Dubois, James Madison
Description: Patent for a baling-press meant to bale cotton. In this machine, "the power as applied to the plunger is increased in proportion to the resistance offered by the material being baled and whereby the forward movement of the plunger is automatically checked at the limit of its path and is returned to its initial positioin without effort upon the part of the operator" (lines 10-17).
Date: January 5, 1897
Creator: Anderson, Alva E.
Description: Patent for a baling-press for cotton and uses a compression chamber and a head or compressor block to compress the cotton. The invention is more effective and more expeditious than other baling-presses.
Date: June 5, 1894
Creator: Anderson, Alva E.
Description: Patent for an expansion bit for a well-drilling apparatus that can be "adjusted and removed without without withdrawing the well tubing, and to provide means whereby a bit capable of drilling a hole sufficiently larger than the well tubing to accommodate a casing may be introduced through the tubing" (lines 11-16).
Date: April 3, 1894
Creator: Horton, Stephen A.
Description: Patent for buggy-top support by providing a device that can “secure the folding top of any vehicle and will protect the bows from strain and breakage, when in lowered position and will also prevent all rattling of and shocks of the folding top.” (Lines 11-15) Illustration is included.
Date: June 4, 1901
Creator: Mason, Everett H.
Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using a combination of “a rod pivoted at its front end to the side of the draw-head and pivotally connected at its rear end..... when the draw-head is driven to the rear by the force of the blow received in coupling with another draw-head, the lug will be pressed to the front,” (lines 30-40) illustration is included.
Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Bright, Tom Full
Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design relates "especially to that class known as 'gravity-pin supports;' and the object thereof is to provide improved means for supporting the pin so that it can be operated from the top of the car, or so that it will drop automatically when two cars come together" (lines 9-14). It consists, "with the coupling-pin and a supporting-arm pivotally connected to the draw-head and to the upper end of said pin, of a weight carried by said arm, and means . . . for supporting said weight and for tripping it" (lines 6-12).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: Epperson, Alexander
Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings “with means for elevating the coupling-link without the necessity of the brakeman going between the cars, and also to provide means for holding the coupling-pin out of engagement with the link when the cars are uncoupled, said pin being automatically released when the cars come together, so that it will fall by gravity and engage with said link.” (Lines 17-25) Illustration is included.
Date: June 2, 1891
Creator: Hamilton, Weston G.
Description: Patent for a carriage top support. This carriage top support is designed "with sufficient resiliency to take up all the jolts and strains between the body and the top" (line 16-18). Illustration included.
Date: May 25, 1903
Creator: Mason, Everett H.
Description: Patent for improvements in clevises in which a clevis can be used upon plows or harrows. When it is used, it “will obviate the necessity of using links or open rings in connection with the clevis and the singletree, as well as enable the plowman to cause his plow to run in the soil any desired depth or to cut a narrow or wide furrow.” (Lines 16-20) Illustration is included.
Date: July 28, 1891
Creator: Bruton, Alonzo D.
Description: Patent for cotton choppers. This invention is adapted to be attached to a double shovel cultivator so that the chopper will rotate so as to protect plants. Illustrations included.
Date: July 25, 1906
Creator: Connell, Alexander Hardee
Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton-seed planter. The design "in which the cotton-seeds in the hopper is fed down through the feed-opening of the same by vibrating teeth." (p. 1; lines 15-17) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 1, 1885
Creator: Elliston, John J.
Description: Patent for improvements “in facing-slip and label holders to be used by mailing and postal clerks” (lines 13-14) “by providing a convenient and readily-accessible means in applying the facing-slips to packages of mail-matter and to adapt such holders for placement with respect to a case of letter-box as to always have such slips and labels with the receptacle containing the letters to receive a slip corresponding with such mail-matter.” (Lines 16-23) Illustration is included.
Date: June 16, 1891
Creator: Gaines, Thomas W., Jr.
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