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Drilling Apparatus

Description: Patent for a drilling apparatus for wells. This drill is designed to be applied to a rotary and used with a pipe tong to screw and unscrew pipe joints.
Date: October 25, 1921
Creator: Reeves, George G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Valve.

Description: Patent for a valve, comprised of a valve seat and a moving part that is made in such a way as to minimize wear and tear. The seat, which attaches to the pump stem, supports the value stem, which is then covered by a thimble that supports a rubber disk. This rubber disk helps prevent liquid and sand from wearing against the valve stem.
Date: November 14, 1911
Creator: Wintz, Thornton E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pump

Description: Patent for a pump used during the process of drilling wells. Illustrations included.
Date: April 11, 1911
Creator: Wintz, Thornton E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drill

Description: Patent for a drill used for rotary drilling. Illustrations included.
Date: November 19, 1912
Creator: Sullivan, James C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Elevator

Description: Patent for a new and improved elevator that has “a locking device for securing the jaws of the elevator around the pipe to be lifted” (lines 11-13), including illustrations.
Date: March 7, 1916
Creator: Simmons, Wise F. & Levy, Christin W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sample-Taking Device.

Description: Patent for device which takes samples as the drill bit bores through the earth while drilling wells. The samples are used to determine presence or absence of oil and other minerals.
Date: August 7, 1917
Creator: Dodds, Redus D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Oral History Interview with Felix Fraga, June 28, 2016

Description: Felix Fraga was born in Houston in 1929. His parents settled in Houston's East End. At a young age, he began working in the Rusk Settlement House, where his bosses supported him and his education. He attended the University of Houston on a baseball scholarship. His work in the Rusk Settlement House and the growth of the Mexican American population in the area led him to work at the Ripley House in 1954. In 1970, he became the director of the Ripley House until he stepped down in 1990. During his tenure as director, he instituted several programs to help the community including English and citizenship classes, youth mentoring, early childcare, and became a polling place. In the last few years, the Ripley House has expanded by creating several charter schools to help the community of East End. Fraga served in the Houston Independent School District from 1990-1994 and in Houston City Council from 1994-1999. Towards the conclusion of his interview, Fraga discusses his legacy and and community leader Lionel Castillo.
Date: July 28, 2016
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Fraga, Felix
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library
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