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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

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


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


Description: Patent for an envelop adapted "as a cover or wrapper for valuable papers, money, and the like." (Lines 10-13) Illustrations included.
Date: May 8, 1900
Creator: Dennis, Millard Jefferson & Davis, William Clarence
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for new stalk rake design, “especially applicable as a rake for gathering corn or cotton stalks from the ground preparatory to plowing the same or otherwise fitting it for use”, (lines 13-17) including illustrations.
Date: July 15, 1902
Creator: Clark, Joesph Lauson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a stalk chopper that chops weeds, vines, and stalks into smaller pieces or kills them in order for the ground beneath to be readily cultivated.
Date: September 30, 1902
Creator: Adamson, William Levi
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for an improved washboard, that will be "simple, inexpensive, and efficient" while allowing water to fully drain from it after washing is finished, including illustrations.
Date: July 17, 1900
Creator: Bailey, Robert E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon-Bed-Hoisting Apparatus

Description: Patent for Wagon-Bed-Hoisting Apparatus which "consists in the provision of a rack adapted to be connected to the bed of the wagon" (lines 17-19); including illustration and instructions
Date: May 22, 1900
Creator: Southern, W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for new and useful improvements in cultivators, relating to an attachment which may be applied to use upon any variety of cultivator with carrying-wheels, which provides efficient means for cutting cotton-stalks or weeds after cotton harvest.
Date: January 22, 1901
Creator: Kerr, Robert Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Profile of Reverend R. C. Horn]

Description: Profile of Reverend Robert Cannon Horn, born in Middle Tennessee in 1844. Rev. Horn was raised in Collin County, Texas, and traveled between Texas and Tennessee for much of his life. He attended Mt. Pleasant High School before studying English, Latin, and Greek at Kentucky University in 1867. Horn entered the Christian ministry in 1868, and after teaching for 7 years, he spent most of the remainder of his life preaching and organizing churches across North and North-Central Texas. He married Mildred C. Franklin in 1870. Horn served several churches in over 10 Texas cities. He also helped build more than a dozen churches. His family consists of his wife, four daughters, and one son.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections


Description: Patent for improvements to fire engines, designed for rural use and places where water may be scarce by the inclusion of storage tank and a pump.
Date: November 15, 1910
Creator: Minnis, Henry M.
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.


Description: Patent for an improved plow that holds steady in different kinds of soil and under different operating conditions. The inclination of the share can be adjusted whenever necessary.
Date: October 30, 1906
Creator: Huckabee, Jefferson E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a mortising-tool which is a device for mortising door-frames to get a hinge.
Date: January 16, 1906
Creator: Huber, Frederick K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department