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Boring-Bit.

Description: Patent for a boring drill. The invention creates a new means "for connecting the constituent members of the head so as to provide novel means for assembling the head with a driving element" (lines 19-22).
Date: 1913-6-10
Creator: Larnce, John B.; Townsend, S. L. & Keith, Aubrey R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rotary Drilling Apparatus

Description: Patent for well drilling apparatus (commonly known as rotaries) with eliminated screws and nuts, and reduced minimum number of parts, and which provides a quickly and easily operable gripping device.
Date: June 22, 1915
Creator: Black, Lee J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Demountable Rim

Description: Patent for a durable yet inexpensive "demountable rim for vehicle wheels" (lines 12-13), with a sectional design for ease of attachment and removal.
Date: September 16, 1913
Creator: McPherson, Arthur
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Velocipede

Description: A patent for a quadrucycle, or bicycle with four wheels, adaptable for use on railroads.
Date: June 13, 1882
Creator: McCombs, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gage for Adjusting Planer Knives.

Description: Patent for a new and improved gauge for planer knives. This design is "for use in planing and other mills where side heads are used to supply the need of a convenient appliance for holding the side heads in best position for filing, sharpening, or setting the bits, to afford a strong machine for holding the side heads firmly and securely in any position that the work[person] may desire while sharpening or adjusting the bits to the desired pattern" (lines 30-38).
Date: June 17, 1884
Creator: Thompson, Francis B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pipe Wrench.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pipe-wrench. This design consists in "the handle having the integral L-shaped foot at its end forming the rigid jaw of the wrench, said foot or jaw having its inner face curved, so as to receive and provide a bearing for the pipe, and its outer face at right angles to the handle, and said face being serrated, combined with the C-shaped swinging jaw pivoted at one end to the handle by a single bolt, and having its entire inner face serrated from the pivot-point to the outer end, and the teeth along the outer edge of the handle in close proximity to the rigid foot" (lines 12-24).
Date: December 17, 1889
Creator: Smith, James R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dredging-Machine

Description: Patent for "a dredger which shall in an improved manner co-operate with and utilize the current in removing accumulations from the bed of channels" (lines 13-17).
Date: December 24, 1889
Creator: Fletcher, William A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refuse-Carrier Frame.

Description: Patent for a support frame for devices that carry refuse from the saw mill to the burning pile, with instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 19, 1891
Creator: Zimmerman, Joseph W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Log-Loading Mechanism.

Description: Patent for a machine that hauls and loads logs upon cars from either side of the track, or both sides at once. The machine can easily be transported on a car. The machine "consists, essentially, in a platform of about the length of an ordinary log-car and of a height and width to enable it to span the same, mounted upon which are a steam engine and a boiler and a rotating crane, said platform being provided with pivoted legs for holding it above the track, with pivoted legs for holding it above the track, with means for locking said legs in a vertical position" (lines 23-30).
Date: April 14, 1896
Creator: Fletcher, WIlliam Andrew
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Log-Loader.

Description: Patent for improvements in a machine that hauls logs and loads them on railways, based on a patent application submitted by the inventor previously (serial no. 563,242). A swinging crane loads and unloads the logs.
Date: August 11, 1896
Creator: Fletcher, William A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Means for Propelling Boats.

Description: Patent for a means for propelling boats that uses pneumatic pressure and does not use propellers and screws. The invention has increased propulsion.
Date: October 16, 1894
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dredging Apparatus.

Description: Patent for an improved dredging apparatus that plows or scoops, and has "an endless traveling elevator, the latter, being arranged in a rigid frame that is supported at a suitable angle, and the scoop being hinged to the lower end of said frame so that it works horizontally, or practically so" (lines 9-14).
Date: October 30, 1894
Creator: Hyatt, Frank A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for improved car couplings "of the Janney type, capable of readily coupling on short curved, and adapted to be either coupled or uncoupled without going between cars. A further object of the invention is to provide means whereby the parts may be readily set for automatic coupling, or to prevent coupling." (Lines 13-20) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 19, 1895
Creator: Armstrong, James P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mill-Carriage-Wheel Guard.

Description: Patent for a new mill-carriage-wheel guard "to prevent obstruction falling on the wheels or on the [railroad] track, this guard also carries scrapers in front and in rear and on each side of the wheel, whereby the obstructions are scraped off the track." (Lines 23-28) This guard can be used with a wood-working machine carriages and/or rail.” Illustration is included.
Date: April 28, 1891
Creator: Zimmerman, Joseph W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saw-Hammering Machine.

Description: Patent for a simple hammering machine for circular saws that "carries the saw in such a way that it may be held at any necessary or desired angle to suit the operator, which has a sliding anvil adapted to be adjusted so as to come opposite the various parts of the saw, which is provided with an adjustable hammer adapted to be brought opposite the anvil, which is constructed so as to cause a blow to expand both sides of the saw equally, and which in general is intended to facilitate the quick and efficient hammering of a saw" (lines 12-23).
Date: July 18, 1893
Creator: Dillon, Thomas H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mining Sulfur.

Description: Patent for a method of mining sulfur and other things that have similar melting points that is less expensive and more efficient than previous methods. A machine sprays hot fluid at fissures where the mineral exists, melts it, and carries it away in the stream.
Date: April 27, 1897
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo & Carroll, George W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pen-Cleaning Attachment for Inkstands.

Description: Patent for innovations in "pen-cleaning attachments for inkstands" (lines 9-10). It is a lip that extends past the top of ink-wells, and is meant to prevent blotting. The attachment is "an annular expansible body portion of spring metal adapted to be fitted in the mouth of an ink-well" (lines 93-95)
Date: May 4, 1897
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Log-Carrier.

Description: Patent for a log-carrier with an improved construction from a previous patent (No. 539,380). Improvements include a change in "the angle of strain of the draft-chain as the lever approaches the horizontal position...when the load is elevated" (lines 34-37). It also maintains "a uniform leverage without the use of guide-rollers or other means" (lines 54-56), and balances the sliding tongue so that "the team is relieved of the weight thereof" (line 62).
Date: December 8, 1896
Creator: Carroll, Joseph Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[5-Cent Trade Token]

Description: One of a collection of 244 miscellaneous "Texas Trade Tokens." This token is silver-colored and says "Good for 5 [cents] in Trade" on one side, and, on the other: Liberal Reading Club, Beaumont, Tex.
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

[The Jack Family Home]

Description: Colored illustration of a one-story house with a covered front porch; it belonged to Nellie Parker Davis Jack and her husband J.W. Jack and was located in Beaumont, Texas. The illustration features a landscaped front yard and the silhouette of a small animal standing on the walkway. A few handwritten notes on the back read, "Aunt Nellie's House, Beaumont, Tex, Nellie Parker Davis Jack, Aunt Nellie was sister to Mrs. T.M. Willis, Abilene."
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Plunger.

Description: Patent for a plunger for use in pumps and air compressors that fits tightly into the cylinders of the machine.
Date: February 27, 1912
Creator: Ohmstede, August
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department