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[Group of Men with a Wrecked Train Engine]

Description: Photograph of a train wreck in Midland, Texas. There are men posing around the wrecked engine, and Houses are visible in the background. Below the photo is a printed message also mounted on the board that reads "[sic] Engine in wreck at Midland in 1895 after cars had been cleared away. Condr. Hornberger with stock in hand. Brown standing by him." The date listed is apparently incorrect. Below the image are written "T&P #349 at Midland, Texas" and "James Milton Frame Collection / Permian Historical Society 6027.7"
Date: unknown
Creator: Milton, James
Partner: The Grace Museum

Oral History Interview with James and Robbyne Fuller, July 19, 2016

Description: Robbyne Hacker Fuller was born in Clarksville, Texas in 1943. She attended schools in Clarksville through 5th grade until her family moved to Midland, Texas. She graduated from African American Carver High School in Midland in 1961. She attended San Angelo Jr. College, Odessa College, and graduated from Midland College with an associate’s degree. In 1964 she became the first African American women to sale real estate in Midland. She retired from Texas Instruments and was a major part of founding the Midland African American Chamber of Commerce. She is now the CEO of the Midland African American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council. She played a major role with the NAACP and other organizations in attempting to desegregate Midland ISD. James Fuller was born in San Angelo, Texas in 1942. Schools in San Angelo integrated in 1955 while Fuller attended them. He graduated in 1960 from San Angelo’s Central High School. He graduated from San Angelo Jr. College in 1963, North Texas State University in 1966, and from Texas Tech University in 1974 with an MA in English. Fuller taught in Lubbock schools before joining the faculty of Midland College in Midland, Texas. He has been on the board of trustees of Midland ISD since 1988. He has participated in the integration of the city’s schools as well as the Midland Black Chamber of Commerce.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Fuller, James; Fuller, Robbyne & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library


Description: Patent for a "music case or holder for carrying, protecting, and using sheet-music, and is so constructed that by its use the music is not rolled nor creased, is held in place, and it is not necessary to take the music from the case when it is to be used." (Lines 8-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 22, 1895
Creator: Ray, Theodore
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for "a washing-machine which will rapidly wash clothes of coarse or fine texture without injury thereto. This object I accomplish by my improved washing-machine, which consists, essentially, of a cylindrical body, a flexible and adjustable wash-board in the lower half thereof, and a corrugated drum rotating in the body above the wash-board" (lines 9-16).
Date: October 28, 1890
Creator: Baugh, Reuben P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Button for Billiard Counters.

Description: Patent for a new and improved button for billiard counters. This design "ha[s] the transverse opening and passage extending therefrom to the periphery thereof and communicating with said opening and the longitudinal hole in close proximity to the transverse opening, and the pin adapted to engage said hole, whereby the button is removably secured to a wire" (lines 83-90).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: De Vitt, Phillip Melvin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a cotton chopper, which attaches to a cultivator that throws the dirt out of the way to allow the plants to be chopped more easily.
Date: March 15, 1910
Creator: Arthur, George P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Well Tube

Description: Patent for a well tube. "This invention relates to well pumps and particularly to a suction attachment for use in conjunction with the strainers of pumps of that character wherein a piston is operatively arranged within an outflow pipe" (line 8-12). Illustration included.
Date: March 5, 1907
Creator: Medlock, Augustus Lafayette
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a spark plug used in explosive engines. Illustrations included.
Date: July 26, 1910
Creator: Estes, Robert E. & Inman, John P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Double-Acting Cylinder-Pump.

Description: Patent for improvements in double-acting cylinder-pumps by making “the cages and check-valves detachable from the piston-cylinder without removing or disturbing either the casing or piston-cylinder and can be replaced in the same manner.” (Lines 18-22) Illustration in included.
Date: April 22, 1902
Creator: Arnold, Henry B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a device to secure a pencil within the breast-pocket, including description and illustrations.
Date: October 22, 1901
Creator: Hogg, George, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a new pencil-holder that is "a light, efficient and convenient pencil-holder capable of reliably securing the pencil to which it is attached within the pocket, thereby holding the same in readiness for use." (Lines 14-17) Illustration included.
Date: May 8, 1900
Creator: Hogg, George, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department