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Corn - Husking Machine

Description: Patent for improvements to the corn-husking machine with a butt-end cutter for the ears of corn. (lines 9-10)
Date: July 3, 1900
Creator: Werner, Anton, Jr.

Pump-Operated Device

Description: Patent for "combination with a pump-operating crank-shaft and a walking-beam operatively connected with the pump-rod, means for preventing sudden movements of the pump-rod at the ends of its strokes and for assisting in starting the rod in its reciprocations" (lines 10-15).
Date: May 28, 1901
Creator: Crawford, Charles Buchanan


Description: Patent for improvements in drills by providing “a frame which may be readily attached to any suitable support and wherein the drill-spindle may be engaged for operation by a common form of chest-brace.” (Lines 9-13) The frame would enable the stock-rest to adjust in proper positions to receive different thicknesses of stock.” (Lines 15-17) Illustration is included.
Date: April 2, 1901
Creator: Willmann, Joseph


Description: Patent for a new and useful hoe, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 31, 1899
Creator: Willian, Joseph


Description: Patent for a new and useful improvement in cotton choppers, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 6, 1900
Creator: Bartels, Henry

Corn Husker and Chopper

Description: Patent for a corn husker and chopper. Illustration included.
Date: August 23, 1904
Creator: Willmann, Joseph, Sr. & Leek, William H.

Nut Lock

Description: Patent for nut lock. Illustration included.
Date: August 27, 1908
Creator: Braune, Fritz


Description: Patent for a device that allows two pipes to be connected without the need of creating threads on the end of pipes.
Date: March 8, 1902
Creator: Willmann, Joesph


Description: Patent for new design for a wrench that is a "simple, efficient, and inexpensive one adapted for operating on nuts, pipes, rods and other objects." (Lines 11-13) Illustration included.
Date: May 8, 1900
Creator: Willmann, Joseph


Description: Patent for a harness saddle that will always maintain its shape and will be comfortable for the animal, thus preventing sores from forming. Illustrations included.
Date: February 15, 1910
Creator: Homann, Alfred


Description: Patent for a new and improved windmill. This design consists in "the sectional spiral vanes of the wind-wheel, having a flange on the outer edge, widest at the end of the vane on which the wind first takes effect, and inclined to the plane of the vane for deflecting the wind thereon . . . [and] [t]he brake, having guide-pulley and combined with the pull-cord, tail-vane, and the wheel-shaft, said shaft having a friction-wheel" (lines 13-22).
Date: February 24, 1885
Creator: Benoit, Joseph

Automatic Telephone-Exchange System.

Description: Patent for "a simple system and arrangement which is especially adapted for a telephone exchange, which enables the instruments to be connected by a single wire, which dispenses with the use of an operator at the central station, which has automatic means for registering the messages sent by each subscriber, and which is provided with an automatic switching device by means of which one subscriber may connect with any other" (lines 10-19).
Date: December 5, 1893
Creator: Serdinko, John

Improvement in Draw-Gages.

Description: Patent for improving the manner in which leather straps may be cut and avoid slippage.
Date: June 25, 1878
Creator: Tays, John Henry


Description: Patent for a "simple, inexpensive, and convenient hand-operated machine employing an oscillating knife or cutter for severing the stalk or stem and at at the same time clamping the shucks, so that the ear, when turned, will effect the bursting open of the shucks, thus permitting the ready removal of the ear" (lines 8-15).
Date: December 22, 1896
Creator: Willmann, Joseph

Rotary Force Pump.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rotary force-pump. This design "consists in a rotary force-pump constructed with a tubular standard provided with one or more flexible tubes having interior half-tubes and an interior cylinder mounted upon a crank-shaft and provided with adjustable bars carrying rollers whereby a liquid can be raised by the successive action of the said rollers upon the said flexible tubes" (lines 22-29).
Date: April 14, 1885
Creator: Serdinko, John

Wind Engine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wind engine. This design "relates to an improvement in wind-engines, in which a vertical circular frame having a wind-wheel is covered to the half by a hemispherical roof supported by posts" (lines 8-12).
Date: February 2, 1886
Creator: Serdinko, John

Saddle-Tree Fork.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle-tree fork. This design "strengthen[s] the iron fork by means of a bent wooden part" (lines 14-15). It also utilizes ribs running into and through the neck cavity, which strengthens the neck of the saddle, as when bearing the strain of a lasso.
Date: February 17, 1880
Creator: Mittendorf, Gustav Adolph

Portable Dark Room.

Description: Patent for a new and improved portable dark room. This design "consists in a box provided with an opening in one side and a sleeve of pliable material extending outward from this opening, which box contains two smaller boxes for receiving the exposed and unexposed dry plates. The box is provided with a handle for carrying it" (lines 13-19).
Date: February 28, 1882
Creator: Serdinko, John


Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and durable sulky-plow that "may be shifted laterally by the driver during the act of plowing whenever such action is deemed advisable, thereby changing the cut whenever occasion may demand" (lines 10-14). The plow can attach to any type of wheeled plow.
Date: June 20, 1893
Creator: Willmann, Joseph

Improvement in Wheel-Plows.

Description: Patent for an improvement in wheel plows made so that "the plowing may be done by passing back and forth in parallel lines" (lines 17-18).
Date: September 5, 1871
Creator: Coreth, Rudolph

Improvement in Glass Globes or Reservoirs for Lamps.

Description: Patent for an "invention to prevent the breaking of glass globes used in kerosene lamps as reservoirs for the burning fluid; and this invention consists in the application around the reservoir of a rubber ring let into a groove, but projecting sufficiently to receive the concussion in case the lamp is overthrown." (Lines 10-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 16, 1872
Creator: Otto, Adolph

Spring Bed-Bottom.

Description: Patent for the improvement of bedsteads using a spring bottom-construction with zig-zag wire, including illustration.
Date: August 8, 1854
Creator: Meriwether, William Hunter