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Milo-Maize and Kafir Corn Header

Description: Patent for a corn header that uses vertically adjustable heading devices that allows for some flexibility of the heading device with one of the ground wheels of the machine.
Date: April 8, 1913
Creator: Jackson, William
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Description: Patent for improving and simplifying headers for the machinery that harvests Kafir corn or sorghum, so that they are lighter, more durable, and can process more crops at once.
Date: January 27, 1914
Creator: Fletcher, Henry M.
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Oral History Interview with Irene Favila, June 30, 2016

Description: Irene Favila was raised in Lockney, Texas. As a child and teenager, Favila’s family would migrate to Kansas and Colorado during the summers to work in agricultural fields. After graduating from high school, Favila did not attend college—being discouraged by school officials—and entered the workforce. She then entered court reporting school in Plainview, Texas and worked as a court reporter in Amarillo, Texas—perhaps becoming the first Mexican American court reporter in the Texas Panhandle. Favila then moved back to the Plainview area and began working for Motivation, Education, and Training (a migrant farmworker services organization) from 1975 to 2015. Favila was elected as the first person of color in the Plainview City Council. She has been a lifelong member of LULAC and has been instrumental in promoting voting rights and educational rights in Plainview—helping launch Department of Justice investigations in the town and Hail County along with marches.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Favila, Irene & Zapata, Joel
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Corn Harvesting Machine

Description: Patent for a corn harvesting machine. "This invention relates to corn-harvesting machines of that class which are provided with cutting apparatus for severing stalks, with carrying apparatus for conveying the stalks in a standing or upright position to the point of discharge, with binding apparatus for tying the stalks into bundles" (lines 8-14). Illustration included.
Date: October 23, 1906
Creator: Tilson, William Henderson
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Description: Patent for a current motor, which allows a smaller amount of water to be used to generate power for factories, irrigation equipment, and pumping devices.
Date: January 25, 1910
Creator: Brewer, Alden R.
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Description: Patent for a traction engine with more power in the driving shaft and reduced wasted space in the design.
Date: June 4, 1912
Creator: Cox, Oscar McGruder
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Description: Patent for an improved and less complicated horse-detacher featuring a new type of double tree, swingle tree, and breast yoke.
Date: May 26, 1914
Creator: Cummons, Clarence B.
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Description: Patent for improvements on traction-engines to make steering easier especially around short curves, and to decrease the amount of "dead weight" (line 21) of the machine overall.
Date: June 9, 1914
Creator: Cox, Oscar McGruder, of Plainview, Texas.
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Texas Attorney General Opinion: C-1

Description: Document issued by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Austin, Texas, providing an interpretation of Texas law. It provides the opinion of the Texas Attorney General, Waggoner Carr, regarding a legal question submitted for clarification: Exemption from ad valorem taxes of houses owned and rented by Wayland Baptist College
Date: January 16, 1963
Creator: Texas. Attorney-General's Office.
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