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Description: Patent for a commode/toilet seat and storage cabinet that holds multiple seats that can be used to provide individual seats for each person using the commode/toilet.
Date: September 26, 1911
Creator: Ainsworth, Lucian M.

Wills Road Map

Description: This is a publication to reflect the updates covering Wills by the Texas Probate Code with the Texas Estates Code. Topics discussed are important to both general practitioners and specialists in estate planning. Subjects included are validity, legal significance, and specific provisions.
Date: 2014
Creator: Akers, Steve R.; Jones, Bernard E. & Watts, II, R. J.


Description: Patent for an improvement upon the sewing awl that is designed to work well with leather workers. The sewing awl is made to be "adaptable to work with a break or tension device, capable of restraining a thread holding spool against free rotation to prevent excessive undesirable slack or looseness of the thread" (lines 15-19) as illustrated and described.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Alten, George Philip


Description: Patent for a combination tool that is "adapted without changing any of its parts to operate as a nut and pipe wrench, pliers, hammer, screw-driver, and nail-extractor." (Lines 12-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 12, 1897
Creator: Armstrong, Charles J.


Description: Patent for a boiler washing machine that uses a stove and a hand-operated pounder attachment. This invention makes these types of washing machines more efficient.
Date: September 1, 1896
Creator: Arnold, Isaac Hill


Description: Patent for a mechanism that presses cotton, wool, hemp, hay, or other similar substances that improves on a previous patent granted to the inventor (No. 451,846). This patent improves on the previous patent by improving the construction of the press.
Date: January 16, 1894
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.

Door Check.

Description: Patent for a new and improved door check. This design consists in "the combination, with a wheel provided with annular offsets and journaled in a movable bearing, the brake, and the spring, of the sheath provided with vertical grooves for the U-shaped bearing" (lines 54-58).
Date: July 3, 1888
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.

Machinery For Pressing Cotton.

Description: Patent for improvements in machinery for facilitating the pressing of cotton; and it relates particularly to mechanism in which cylinders and pistons are used, under the influence of fluid or liquid, such as steam, air, water, or gas under pressure to operate the follower-block of a bailing-press. (Lines 12-18) Illustration is included.
Date: May 5, 1891
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.

Process of Ginning Cotton.

Description: Patent for a process of ginning cotton that is "based upon the principle of a gradual or successive ginning of the seed, somewhat analogous to the gradual reduction process of grinding wheat or other grain" (lines 28-61). This process improves ginning by over thirty-three percent.
Date: November 7, 1893
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.


Description: Patent for improvements in cotton-gins by having two compartments, one above the other. “The upper roll-box being especially adapted to raw cotton and the lower one to half-ginned cotton as the lint and seeds are only partially separated in one roll-box and are then delivered into another, where the operation is completed.” (Lines 24-29) This operation used less time to separate the seed and lint. Illustration is included.
Date: October 27, 1891
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.

Shutter Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blind fastening. This design "relates to an improvement in fastenings for outside blinds, shutters, or the like, and the purpose of [the] device is to provide a fastening that cannot be unlocked from the outside, even though slats be cut from the blinds or shutters to which the fastening is applied and two hands or arms are thrust through within reach of the said fastening. [The] fastening has two catching-latches, one locking and holding latch, and one bolt, all to be operated simultaneously when the blind is closed against the sill, [so] said blind may be released" (lines 12-24).
Date: March 19, 1889
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.

Shutter Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shutter fastener. This design "has for its object the production of a simple and efficient device, and one that can be conveniently operated from the inside of the blind, but not readily tampered with or opened from the outside without removing some of the slats of the blind. . . . one part—a bolt—is carried by the blind, and the other part—a catch—is secured to the windowsill and locks the bolt, so as to unfasten the blind both hands are required—one hand to operate the catch, the other hand to operate the bolt" (lines 16-30).
Date: April 10, 1888
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A.

Apparatus for Handling Seed-Cotton.

Description: Patent for an improved cotton elevator, separator, and distributor that is meant to move cotton from a wagon or storage, remove dirt, and deliver it to a gin. The "improved apparatus comprises a pneumatic cotton-conveying tube by which the cotton is lifted or carried to the distributor, a separator for removing the cotton from the air current, and a distributor comprising a trunk for receiving the cotton from the separator extending over the two gin feeders, having openings delivering into the feeders, and an endless chain conveyer moving in said trunk, causing the cotton to travel along therein and drop out therefrom through the delivery openings into the feeders" (lines 16-27).
Date: October 31, 1893
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A. & Clark, Frank S.

Exhaust-Steam Condenser.

Description: Patent for an exhaust-steam condenser meant for steam-engines in places where water needs to be conserved. It also "prevents the use of water for cooling the surfaces of the condenser" (lines 14-16).
Date: August 20, 1895
Creator: Bachman, Joseph A. & Goeth, Adolf C.

Napkin Ring and Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved napkin ring and holder. This design is "to receive the napkin after it is folded, or to be used as a device for sustaining the napkin at the neck of the user when at the table. It consists in a yoke-shaped piece of metal having a hinged section for connecting the two ends, and serving as a ring, in combination with a clasp for holding the napkin . . . at the throat" (lines 17-25).
Date: February 12, 1884
Creator: Bahn, Gus A.

Sulfuric-Acid Process of Extracting Precious Metals From Solutions

Description: Patent for "new and useful Imporivements in Processes of Recovering Precious Metals from Their Solutions, and which I designate as the 'Sulfuric-Acid Process;' [...] to separate the precious metals from their cyanid solutions in a rapid and thorough matter and to recover the precious metals from solutions thereof." (lines 5-8 & 22-26)
Date: June 23, 1903
Creator: Bahn, Gustavus A.

Apparatus for Testing Errors of Refraction

Description: Patent for an eye testing device that has a movable lens, a measuring device for correction, and two different cards with test type on them which are fed into the machine during testing for astigmatism and myopia, presbyopia, and hyperopia to determine the level of correction needed in glasses.
Date: July 2, 1907
Creator: Bahn, Gustavus Adolphus