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General Highway Map Collin County, Texas

Description: Highway map of Collin County, Texas, showing rivers, lakes, creeks, streams, cities, towns, outlying buildings (including schools and churches), roads, highways (giving mileage between points), bridges, railroads, cemeteries, oil or gas wells, and state roadside parks. Map includes twelve inset maps - Weston, Melissa, Valdasta, Allen, Altoga, Climax, Culeoka, Copeville, Lavon, Inset No. 1, Renner, and Josephine - and an extensive legend indicating geographical and human-made features. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (2 miles to the inch).
Date: 1939
Creator: Texas. Highway Department.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Collin County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Collin County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants of surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in red pencil. Scale [ca. 1:177,778] (4000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
Date: 1916
Creator: McDonald, H. F.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Hand-Car.

Description: Patent for "a hand-car with an auxiliary spring-actuated mechanism which can be used with or without the lever mechanism to propel at a rapid rate of speed." (Lines 12-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 15, 1897
Creator: Rousey, William N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of Murphy School Students]

Description: Photograph of a group of school children, mostly boys, sitting on the raised front porch of a wooden building. Taller girls wearing long dark skirts and light-colored jackets are standing behind the sitting children. A circle has been drawn around two children on the bottom right have been circled in blue ink.
Date: unknown
Partner: Murphy Historical Society Inc.

Design for Bed Spring.

Description: Design patent for bed spring comprised of twin spirally-coiled bodies with straight horizontal arm extending from upper coils.
Date: December 7, 1897
Creator: Rigg, Elmer E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Grain-Scale.

Description: Patent for “improvements in grain-scales, especially adapted for location at the rear end of a trashing-machine and for receiving therefrom the thrashed grain, weighing and subsequently bagging the same in predetermined quantities” (lines 7-12), includes illustration.
Date: March 17, 1891
Creator: Butts, Alexander W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of Daniel Implement Co. Store in Murphy]

Description: Photograph of a farm and ranch supply store in the middle of a large dirt-covered area. There are two signs on the plain concrete building with two windows at the front. One of the signs, at the top of the building's facade reads, "Oliver," while the other, beneath it, reads, "Farm Good Year Tires." Various pieces of farm equipment sit in a small lot to the right of the building. Handwritten notes surrounding the photo indicate the store is named, "Daniel Implement Co."
Date: unknown
Partner: Murphy Historical Society Inc.

Cattle-Guard.

Description: Patent for a cattle guard consisting of pivoted metal plates, mounted longitudinally on rail ties that rock to an inclined position when stepped on by an animal. The displacement of the plates causes a portion of the plate to come into contact with the foot of the animal, frightening it and preventing the animal from crossing the cattle guard.
Date: October 21, 1913
Creator: Hagan, Francis D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal-Trap

Description: Patent for improvements in animal traps, in particular mouse and rat traps. Illustrations included.
Date: June 19, 1917
Creator: Stockburger, Charles. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Windmill

Description: Patent for Windmill that is adapted to be held in various positions. This Windmill device will be strong, durable, and easy to construct.
Date: June 10, 1913
Creator: Houston John J
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Razor-Stropping Device

Description: Patent for a razor sharpening device in which the razor blade may be held on an incline for efficient sharpening.
Date: April 15, 1913
Creator: Greenwood, Charley E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gin Attachment for Bolly Cotton

Description: Patent for gin attachment for bolly cotton. This seeks to make the gin stands have automatic control and for disposing of hulls and waste products from the gin.
Date: October 9, 1917
Creator: Becknell, George T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Art Print of the Matlock Home]

Description: Art print of an artist's rendition of the Matlock Home near Murphy, Texas; the house is two stories with windows along the upper and lower floors. The note printed on the reverse side of the picture says this was made "before the house was razed and replaced with a modern brick home." The note further says that Milton Meredith Matlock built it "when he settled on the land just South of the Back Homeplace."
Date: unknown
Partner: Murphy Historical Society Inc.