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Tray-Holding Attachment for Bedsteads

Description: Patent for an attachment for a bedstead in order to hold a tray. The invention allows a tray, or trays, to be held over a bed to hold food, drink, or other items closer to the occupant.
Date: October 27, 1914
Creator: Beechie, Simon Alfred
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a door "that can be secured in either open or closed position either from the exterior or interior of the building on which the door is mounted" (lines 9-12) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 19, 1914
Creator: Niemann, Otto
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Celestino Mendez, June 16, 2016

Description: Mr. Mendez was born and raised in the San Marcos area, where he attended the "Mexican school". He reminisced on the pervasive discrimination against Mexican Americans during his youth. His studies at Texas State were interrupted by the draft during the Korean War years. Mr. Mendez was a member of a political alliance between Mexican Americans, liberal Anglos and African Americans in San Marcos; this coalition, later called Hays County Independent Party, helped elect some of the first minority public officials in the city. Mr. Mendez was the first Mexican American trustee in the San Marcos school board; during his tenure, he pushed for the integration of the local schools. In the mid 1970s, a cross was burned in his front lawn; the act was attributed to the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Mendez also reminisced on a major boycott of the San Marcos schools in 1972.
Date: June 16, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Mendez, Celestino
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Ofelia Vasquez-Philo, June 24, 2016

Description: Ofelia Vasquez-Philo was born December 28, 1932 in Seguin, Texas, and was the oldest of nine children. She grew up on Freeman Ranch, in Wimberley, Tx., where her father was the ranch foreman. She married Joe Vasquez, Jr. in 1950 and they raised 7 children in San Marcos. After Joe's death in 1986, she married Harry Philo. Ofelia worked part-time in 1966 at the Office of Community Action. In 1970, she became executive director, a position she would hold until her retirement in 1993. During this period, she obtained her GED certificate, and her bachelor's degree from Antioch University, Austin campus in 1978. She was the first Latina to serve on the San Marcos Independent School Board from 1969-1971. She was a charter member of the San Marcos Heritage Foundation, and a member of the Hays County Historical Commission, the San Marcos League of Women Voters, the Hijas de Maria, the Archicofradia of St. John's Catholic Church, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Finance Council and the Bereavement Ministry of St John's Catholic Church. She also worked for the preservation of Hispanic cemeteries and served on numerous other city and county boards and commissions. She is coauthor of Suenos y Recuerdos del Pasado, an historical account of the Hispanic settlers of San Marcos, Texas. Mrs. Vasquez-Philo died in 2017.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés & Vasquez-Philo, Ofelia
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library


Description: Patent for improvements in plant-protection by providing a foraminous hood for young plants. This particular plant-protector is protect melon type and vegetable of similar qualities against worms, grubs, lice and other pests.
Date: November 6, 1917
Creator: Cook, John H.
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Description: Patent for new bailing press that that improves "hay-presses of the full circle or continuous type for baling hay, straw, and the like." (lines 8-10) Illustrations included.
Date: May 1, 1900
Creator: Leineweber, Francis & Welge, Charles
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Acetylene-Gas Generator

Description: Patent for an improved acetylene-gas generator with a carbid receptacle on top of of the gasometer an an improved automated valve mechanism to assist with gas maintenance.
Date: October 7, 1902
Creator: Loyer, William Joseph
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Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive and efficient wrench device, which is "capable of extracting nails and of being used as a screw-driver without interchanging any of the parts or substituting one part for another" (line 14 - 17).
Date: May 3, 1898
Creator: Weiss, Martin
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Description: Patent for a pipe cutter, which can be used on pipes that are at any angle and in narrow spaces.
Date: March 17, 1908
Creator: Thomas, Roy L.
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Combined Plow and Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvements in a combined plow and planter which "can be readily adapted for planting different kinds of seed, such as corn, cotton, cane, and the like" (line 21 - 23).
Date: March 8, 1898
Creator: Franklin, George
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Description: Patent for a horseshoe. Illustration included.
Date: June 21, 1904
Creator: Harmon, William O. & Smith, Albert
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Description: Patent for a wrench that can also be used as a pipe. Illustrations included.
Date: February 21, 1911
Creator: Green, Eugene
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Water-Cooling Device.

Description: Patent for a water cooling device in refrigerators and iceboxes that provides drinking water from the ice compartment.
Date: July 18, 1911
Creator: Boyer, Robert Y. & Caldwell, James P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Shock Absorber.

Description: Patent for shock absorbers the permit bodily movement on one of the parts to which these devices are usually connected in a vehicle.
Date: June 11, 1912
Creator: Rife, Stanford Walton
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Description: Patent for a hinge-gainer related to "certain improvements in devices of that class employed for cutting a gain or mortise in a door-jam or door for the reception of a hinge. The object of the invention is to provide an improved machine or tool in which all the parts may be readily and accurately adjusted to cut recesses of different width, height, and depth" (Lines 8-16).
Date: March 11, 1902
Creator: Ward, Richard Bryant.
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Description: Patent for an improved plow, which can support a rudder-blade adapted for use with a middle-breaker moldboard.
Date: December 31, 1901
Creator: Richmond, T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department