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Description: Patent for "certain new and useful improvements in baling-presses." (Lines 5-6) Illustrations are included.
Date: April 3, 1888
Creator: Archer, Roger W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Tool.

Description: Patent for a new and improved multi-tool. This design "consists of a tool having a staple-holder, a driver, a chisel, a vise attachment, and a detachable driver adapted to be used with the vise to splice the ends of the wire in building wire fences, in which the tool is used for driving staples, cutting the wire, and splicing the wire, the several devices forming a combination-tool disposed for convenient use upon a stock or holder" (lines 9-17).
Date: March 3, 1885
Creator: Archer, Roger Williams
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Description: Patent for an improved design for windmills that are in regular use. The design implements two sets of hinged vanes and uses weights to control the amount power that the windmill can generate. Included are instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 18, 1880
Creator: Rudolph, Calvin Foster
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Description: Patent for a stock-loader that loads cattle onto locomotive cars and does not use a gangway. It is a "movable floor or platform which, by means of suitable mechanism, is moved toward the car, thus carrying the stock thereinto whether they face in the direction of movement or not, and without effort upon their part" (lines 15-20).
Date: March 6, 1894
Creator: Rotzien, Christopher & Arnold, Philip
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Description: Patent for improved rail joints that are stronger, more durable, removes the need for "pounding of the rails ends" (lines 14-15) and reducing the loss and displacement of bolts.
Date: January 23, 1906
Creator: Hensley, Joseph B.
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Sectional Shelving

Description: Patent for sectional shelving. This invention is designed to be dismantled for storing and shipping. Illustrations included.
Date: February 21, 1911
Creator: Oestreicher, Adolph A.
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Pipe Clamp

Description: Patent for a pipe clamp. Illustration included.
Date: March 12, 1907
Creator: Krueger, Louis; Kinkler, Emil J. & Carmichael, Oscar H.
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Description: Patent for a trap for bedbugs made of pine wood with many nooks and crannies and springs attached to either side of the wooden block. It can be put on the bed frame and bedbugs hide in its dark recesses during the day, and then the trap can either be hit to close the springs and crush the bugs or put into hot water to drown them.
Date: July 16, 1907
Creator: Mattingly, Benjamin Joseph
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Description: Patent for a harvester. Illustration included.
Date: June 20, 1905
Creator: Lampton, Flavius J. & Thompson, J. H.
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Saint Rose Cemetery

Description: Photograph of Saint Rose Cemetery, an historical African-American cemetery in Beeville. St. Rose Cemetery located at 1302 East Hefferman St, lies on a 2.5-acre tract. In 1901, Nancy Williams, a former slave, was the first person buried in the new cemetery. Mose Lott and Allen Canada, builders of the first school for African Americans in Beeville, are also buried here. Since this picture was taken, the Lott-Canada Alumni Association erected brick pillars with brass plaques at both entrances to replace the wrought iron sign which had been donated by the Juneteenth Committee. The dirt road has also been replaced with a paved road by the county. In 2008 a dedication ceremony was held after Saint Rose was desigated a Texas Historical Cemetery.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

The Wood Ranch

Description: Photograph of Glen Clare on horseback working cattle on the Wood Ranch Southeats of Beeville. Across the bottom of the picture are the words "The Wood Ranch, with Glen Clare, southeast of Beeville."
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Beeville Opera House

Description: The Grand Opera House was a three-story building located on the corner of Washington and Bowie Street. Owners were A.F. Rees and E.J. Kinkler. Murray Eidson was the manager. His family owned the 1880's opera house located on the courthouse square. The Grand Opera House opened in January 1908 with W.B. Patton in a comedy, The Slow Poke. Admission prices were 75 cents, $1, and $1.50. There was a balcony, and four boxes, or loges. Some of the best dramas, comedies, and musical plays that came south were shown. William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous "Prince of Peace" address in the Opera House. People came from Goliad, San Patricio, Live Oak, Karnes, and Refugio counties, and Beeville became an entertainment center. The Grand Opera flourished for about eight years, but with the coming of movie theaters attendance begin to drop, and many of the big stage shows stopped coming south. In December 1919 a fire destroyed the building.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission