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Egg Tester

Description: Patent for an egg testing device to allow an egg to be placed in one side and removed from the other after testing for a more efficient flow in "candling" each of the eggs.
Date: June 10, 1913
Creator: Hancock, Joseph C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Stephen Wright, June 29, 2016

Description: Mr. Wright was born in Texas. He went to Texas A & M University where he obtained certification in education. He began his teaching career in Lewisville and became very active in the American Teacher's Federation. He and his family moved to Nacogdoches, where he continued his teaching, union activism, and became politically active. He is currently running for state representative. Mr. Wright spoke in his interview about racial tensions in Nacogdoches, the progress and barriers for union activism in Deep East Texas, and the activism of the Democratic Party in Nacogdoches County.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmin; May, Meredith & Wright, Stephen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Margie Chumbley, Anita Farr, Thelma Sexton, and Elizabeth Simpson, June 21, 2016

Description: Ms. Chumbley was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She worked as an elementary school teacher prior to integration and as a substitute while her children were small. She then became a teacher with Head Start. In the group interview, Ms. Chumbley describes her community and both going to and working for the segregated school system, as well as police brutality, African-American businesses, family structures, and the community involvement in raising children. Ms. Farr was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She went to Stephen F. Austin State University shortly after integration and became a nurse working for Lufkin State School and, later, worked as a nurse for Nacogdoches school district. In the group interview, she described life in segregated Nacogdoches, police brutality, African-American businesses, discrimination in her working career, protests and marches in Nacogdoches, and local politics. Ms. Sexton was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She attended EJ Campbell school prior to integration and Stephen F. Austin State University shortly after it integrated. She then worked for Lufkin State School until her retirement. In the group interview interview, she described her neighborhood, segregation in Nacogdoches, police brutality, protests and marches for equality, and the African-American community and businesses. Ms. Simpson was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. She went to EJ Campbell School in Nacogdoches prior to integration. She then obtained business training in Houston and returned to Nacogdoches. In the group interview she participated in, she described the community she grew up in, her experiences at EJ Campbell, the thriving African American business community, and the relationship between the African American community and local law enforcement
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Chumbley, Margie; Farr, Anita; Sexton, Thelma; Simpson, Elizabeth & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Richard Orton, June 15, 2016

Description: Richard Orton's family came from Nacogdoches, but he spent most of his childhood in Midland. He went to UNT and then moved to Austin, where he worked at one of the first rape crisis centers in the nation. He also founded an organization to help and educate others about child sexual abuse. Orton is a photographer, which is how he became involved with the Upshaw family, who are the descendants of freed slaves who founded County Line, a community near Nacogdoches. Mr. Orton began a photograph project documenting the community, which is now a book. Mr. Orton described his career helping to found rape crisis centers, working with child sexual abuse victims, and his connections to the County Line community, founded by freed slaves.
Date: June 15, 2016
Creator: May, Meredith; Howard, Jasmin & Orton, Richard
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Charlotte Stokes, June 24, 2016

Description: Mrs. Stokes was born and raised in Nacogdoches. She is the daughter of Arthur Weaver, the founder of the NAACP in Nacogdoches. She then became a teacher in Washington DC and St. Louis. She returned to Nacogdoches in the late 1970s, where she worked at Head Start. Retired now, she is active in civic organizations, particularly the annual Juneteenth celebration. In her interview, Mrs. Stokes describes her childhood in Nacogdoches, the difficulties of segregation, her father's activism, and the community activism she's been involved in in Nacogdoches since her return in the 1970s.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Howard, Jasmine; May, Meredith & Stokes, Charlotte
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Leonard Sweat, June 8, 2016

Description: Leonard Sweat grew up in Nacogdoches and participated in the protests and activism while he was in school. He worked in Lufkin, because economic opportunity in Nacogdoches was limited. He returned to Nacogdoches later in life to work as a minister. Mr. Sweat discussed growing up in segregated Nacogdoches, the integration of the schools, the brutality of Chief Roebuck, protests in the late 1960s and 1970, representation of African-Americans in politics and voter apathy.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Sweat, Leonard; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Apollonia Ellis, June 15, 2016

Description: Ms. Ellis works for the hospital system in Lufkin and San Augustine. While attending SFA, she became involved in local politicss after noticing other active Democrats. She is the current chair of the Democratic Party in Nacogdoches County. She describes, in her interview, the current political climate in Nacogdoches, the people running for office, and their political platform.
Date: June 15, 2016
Creator: Ellis, Apollonia; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Device for Filling Ice-Cream Cones.

Description: Patent for a device which holds an ice cream cone during the filling process preventing breakage and/or contamination of the cone, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 27, 1913
Creator: Wilson, Ben T. & Ratcliff, Wilton F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Loose-Leaf Binder.

Description: Patent for a loose-leaf binder for medicine prescriptions, which is easier to open and close than previous ones.
Date: July 23, 1907
Creator: Perkins, John Hardeman
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cord Wood Machine

Description: Patent for cord wood machine. This machine is designed for splitting wood. Illustration included.
Date: September 26, 1905
Creator: Taylor, Lawrence S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department