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Gregg Co.

Description: Survey map of Gregg County, Texas, showing property lines, ownership, land grants, and plat numbers. The map also includes bodies of water, towns, roads, railroads, and the historic trail, Cherokee Trace. No scale information given.
Date: September 1839
Creator: Pressler, C. W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Gregg Co., Texas

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Gregg County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map to denote the addition of Cherokee Crossing and to highlight Cherokee Trail. Scale [1:118,518] (4000 varas to 1 1/8 of an inch).
Date: 1890
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Voting Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved voting-machine. This design consists in "the combination, with the transverse bridge, through the opening of which are fulcrumed by means of a pin two parallel keys, said keys having pivotally connected to their fulcrumed ends to parallel pawls, the free ends of which mesh with teeth in two ratchet-wheels carrying hands indicating on a dial and having eccentrics upon their faces, two parallel narrow plates moved by such eccentrics to indicate the complete revolution of the hands, and a shield upon the top" (lines 124-134).
Date: January 24, 1888
Creator: Ford, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Valve Gear.

Description: Patent for a new and improved valve-gear. This design "relates to improvements in mechanical movements adapted especially to the valve-gear of steam-engines, and is designed to produce a device having a reciprocatory movement having intermediate impulses" (lines 9-14).
Date: August 18, 1885
Creator: Pinkham, Delmar D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Gin.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton gin. This design calls for the circular saw blades of the gin to pass through two metal ribs, one of which aligns with the tip of the saw teeth, while the other aligns with the root of the saw teeth.
Date: August 22, 1882
Creator: Basom, Ransford W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved washing machine. This design consists "[i]n a washing-machine, the combination of the suds-box with an open-bottomed perforated inner casing, smaller in dimensions than the suds-box, and having supports to raise it above the bottom of the suds-box, and a perforated rubber, the upper wash-board or rubber provided with flanges fitting over the inner casing, the intermediate frame and operating lever" (lines 12-20).
Date: July 29, 1884
Creator: Lee, Joseph Green
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Liquid Cooler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved liquid cooler. This design "provide[s] an apparatus by means of which a variety of liquids may be simultaneously cooled as required for use as beverages, and by which the glasses or drinking vessels may be at the same time cooled and protected from dust and insects" (lines 14-20).
Date: January 25, 1881
Creator: Capps, Matterson F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Harness.

Description: Patent for a new and improved harness attachment. This design utilizes two disks, "one being notched in its thick or heavy edge and the other being notched in its thin or less weighty portion . . . thus effectively closing the space that would otherwise be left at the point of the hook, and preventing the ring . . . from becoming detached" (lines 55-63).
Date: June 28, 1881
Creator: Baton, Durham D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Awning.

Description: Patent for a new and improved awning. This design consists in "[t]he awning frame, consisting of the pivoted curved rods, pivoted sectional braces pivotally connected to said rods, and the holding or suspending bars pivoted to said rods and having series of adjusting-apertures engaging pins or studs of said braces" (lines 74-79).
Date: January 14, 1890
Creator: Allen, William B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dry Kiln Furnace.

Description: Patent for a new and improved dry-kiln furnace. This design has "a grate at its forward end, a bridge-wall extending upwardly from the lower side at the rear end of the grate, a smoke-outlet in the bottom between the rear end and bridge, and a transverse flue under the furnace, open at each end and dividing the draft at the smoke-outlet, said flue communicating with the interior of the drying-chamber, and having a vertical baffle-plate under the smoke-outlet extending longitudinally along its bottom in each direction from said outlet, arresting the rotary motion of the products of combustion" (lines 24-36).
Date: August 13, 1889
Creator: Ketcham, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lumber-Truck.

Description: Patent for a simple and durable lumber truck that is "arranged to conveniently load and carry lumber to and from kilns and other places" (lines 9-11). It has double flanged wheels in independent frames that are connected by crossbars.
Date: March 28, 1893
Creator: Dodge, Edward
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Machine for Cleaning Seed-Cotton.

Description: Patent for an improved machine that cleans and transfers seed cotton to a gin. It combines exhaust fans and a cleaning mechanism, and is less expensive than similar machines.
Date: April 11, 1893
Creator: Cannon, Burrell
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Roll Box for Cotton Gins.

Description: Patent for a new and improved roll-box for cotton gins. This design "is to provide for a cleaning of the seed-cotton at its first stage of ginning, and thus prepare the same for a more effectual cleaning at the second stage of the process after the same leaves the saws" (lines 24-28). It consists, "with the gin-ribs and the revolving saws working between said ribs, of an unyielding perforated breast-board arranged in front of said ribs and a supplemental perforated cleaning-board above said ribs opposite said breast-board, forming an inclosed seed-cotton chamber" (lines 73-79).
Date: May 31, 1892
Creator: Scott, Eugene C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling

Description: Patent for "car-couplers of the class known as 'link-and-pin' couplers, and has for its object the provision of means whereby the coupling is effected automatically and whereby the coupling-pin is made to actuate the brake-shaft" (lines 14-19).
Date: June 14, 1892
Creator: Acuff, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Dasher.

Description: Patent for "a churn dasher to which a rotary movement shall be imparted by the resistance offered by the fluid to the dasher when the latter is given a vertical reciprocating movement in the ordinary manner, the rotary movement being constantly in one direction, irrespective of the direction of the vertical reciprocating movement" (lines 13-21).
Date: May 16, 1893
Creator: Cannon, Burrell
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a plow that improves on turning plows. The improvement turns soil completely during operation, through a newly designed moldboard.
Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: Kelly, George A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dry-Kiln Furnace.

Description: Patent for improvements in dry-kiln furnaces by using “a series of furnaces alternating with a series of heating or radiating drums parallel to and on a plane above the furnace,” (Lines 116-119, p. 2) and valved connected flues. This arrangement allowed the “heat being regulated and so distributed through the kiln as to produce a varying temperature, highest at the end where the lumber is introduced and gradually diminishing toward the opposite end, where it is taken out.” (Lines 21-26) Illustration is included.
Date: September 22, 1891
Creator: Ketcham, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department