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Railway Steam Car Brake

Description: Patent for improvement in railway car brake by adding a steam actuating device attached to the locomotive.
Date: May 22, 1883
Creator: Walker, Fred, B.; Lauder, James & Lauder, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a method for "canning shrimps and/other like shellfish and has for its object the better preservation of the fish and greater expedition, and cheapness in canning" (lines 7-10)with illustrations and instructions.
Date: April 6, 1880
Creator: Pecor, Emmett C. & Bartlett, F. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Cotton and Hay Presses

Description: Patent for an improved cotton and hay press that "... provides an economical and powerful press for cotton, hay, rags, &c., that may be worked by hand, horse, or steam power, in field, farm or factory." (lines 12-15) Includes description and illustration.
Date: August 19, 1879
Creator: Rossell, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Sheet-Metal Hames

Description: Patent for improvement in hames by constructing them of sheet metal in order to prevent flatenning and wear on the hame. Explains how sheet metal hames are also flexibile in many attributes and because of this they are beneficial in many ways. Illustrations provided.
Date: November 4, 1879
Creator: Brown, John S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale-Ejector for Presses.

Description: Patent for the improvement in cotton-bale presses or compressors; and it has for its object to provide a means whereby the bale, after being properly compressed, will be automatically ejected from the press, as more fully hereinafter specified.
Date: December 7, 1880
Creator: Riesel, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvements In Bale-Ties

Description: Patent for improved Bale-Ties which is designed to unite the two ends of a binder placed around a compressed mass of cotton, hay, or moss.
Date: November 24, 1874
Creator: Reese, John L
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ice-Making Apparatus.

Description: Patent for an ice maker that more effectively handles the chemicals used to freeze water. Use of a more strategically placed condenser keeps steam and liquids separate.
Date: March 25, 1879
Creator: Lee, Charles B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement In Bale-Ties.

Description: This patent was crated for an improved way of manufactoring ties to hold packages together that consists of bale, hemp, cotton, rags or substances. It was created to reduce the rising costs or manufacturing products of this caliber.
Date: March 16, 1878
Creator: Davis, Water S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in External Window, Door, and Shutter Sprinklers

Description: Patent for improvement in external window, door, and shutter sprinklers. The sprinklers would be used to wet the wooden pieces in case of adjacent fire, and are designed to run down the side of the building instead of into the building, reducing water damage inside, with illustration.
Date: August 27, 1878
Creator: Bennison, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Trussed Axle for Wheeled Vehicles.

Description: Patent for improvements in trussed axle for wheeled vehicles: "The invention relates to that class or type of axles for wheeled vehicles wherein a metal truss rod or bar running longitudinally under the axle body has its end portions extended through the axle skeins and secured by screw nuts which abut the outer ends of the skeins." (lines 9-14).
Date: October 12, 1897
Creator: Brown, John Stoddart
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for indicator "for vessels by which to show accurately and readily the draft of the vessel, as well as any list and pitch that may exist" (lines 8-11) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 26, 1901
Creator: Bennison, Samuel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Galveston Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Galveston County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:228,571] (6000 varas to 7/8 of an inch).
Date: 1899
Creator: Pressler, Chas. W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Oral History Interview with Clifton Lyons and Diana O'Neal

Description: Diana Lyons was born in Galveston, Texas in 1954, and grew up on the west side of the Island. Although she experienced integration during her school years, Lyons faced discrimination in the schools she attended, including colorism and being placed in Special Education classes due to her behavior. Lyons also witnessed several episodes of racial tension on the Island. She would drop out of school and attend beauty and nursing school. Most recently, she has been involved in the Residents’ council of the Holland House, a public housing building, where the group addresses the needs of the community.Clifton O’Neal was born in Galveston, Texas in 1954. He group up in housing projects such as Palm Terrace and Oak Terrace. He attended Booker T. Washington, and all-Black school, where he had teachers that cared about his success. O’Neal began attending Ball High School in 1969, and was part of the first integrated class. O’Neal witnessed racial tensions in Galveston as he grew up during the Island’s integration. He currently serves as the President of the Holland House’s Resident’s Council, where he serves as a liaison between the community and the administration.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Lyons, Diana
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with David O'Neal on July 18, 2016.

Description: David H. O'Neal was born in 1948 in Galveston. He comes from a family of three people who traveled to the South to make a living. O'Neal grew-up in a few African-American housing projects on the island. He attended Central High, the first African-American high school in Texas, and his was the last class to graduate before the creation of the integrated Ball High. O'Neal relocated to Houston in 1966 to enroll in the University of Houston, where he would participate in student activism and the creation of an African-American fraternity (the Omega Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity). He returned to the island after graduating from college. In Galveston, O'Neal started a career as a post office worker, served on the Board of Trustees for Galveston Independent School District, and participated in the preservation of African-American history on the island. O'Neal talks about experiences with discrimination, how significant Central High was to African-Americans, his decision to attend college over enlisting to serve in the Vietnam War, the role of African-American fraternities, his involvement in Afro-Americans for Black Liberation and the Black Student Union, cross-racial student endeavors, African American Studies at UH, and his commitment to racial uplift. He also discusses mentoring young men through baseball, serving on the GISD Board of Trustees, his involvement as a board member of the Old Central Cultural Center, the political ramifications of hurricanes, and the African-American Heritage Committee of the Galveston Historical Foundation.
Date: July 18, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & O'Neal, David
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with James Josey, July 6, 2016.

Description: James Josey Sr. was born in Galveston in 1947 and grew-up in the predominately African American neighborhood located north of Broadway St. Josey Sr. came of age witnessing segregation. He attended Central High, the African American High School, served in Vietnam, and lived in Los Angeles, California for a few years before returning to island in 1991. He talks about the robust African American business sector during Jim Crow and how the national movements for Civil Rights, lead by MLK and Malcolm X, spurred the youth-directed desegregation efforts in Galveston. Josey Sr. also addresses his involvement in gang prevention, becoming a mentor to young African American males, the role of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Galveston, and the meaning of Juneteenth. He speaks about why he founded the first African American History Museum in Galveston and the critical role that it has played in the community. Lastly, Josey Sr. discusses notable African Americans in Galveston.
Date: July 6, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Josey Sr., James
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Robert Quintero on July 19, 2016.

Description: Robert Quintero was born in Galveston, Texas in 1964. He grew up in a mixed neighborhood on the Island and attended Ball High School. Mr. Quintero's parents were involved in LULAC and met through the organization's baseball games. His parents' involvement in LULAC began at a young age as he attended LULAC meetings and events as a kid. His father, Paul Quintero, was the owner of several businesses in the Island, and was prominent in the community as he became the first Mexican-American council member in Galveston. Robert Quintero joined Jr. LULAC in 1974 where he helped with voter registration and learned leadership qualities that transcended to his adulthood. Quintero has served as the LULAC #151 as president, and as a deputy youth organizer through the national LULAC. He describes the importance of the LULAC Chapters merger in the 1990s. Besides his involvement in LULAC, Quintero has also organized Fiestas Patrias (16 de septiembre and cinco de mayo) to celebrate the culture and heritage of Mexican-Americans on the Island. He has also worked with different institutions that seek to help the Latino/a community in Galveston such as the Boys Club, Public Housing, and UTMB.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Quintero, Robert
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library