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Awning-Lock

Description: Patent for a novel locking attachment for awning locks. Device locks so that is it inaccessible from the outside, therefore providing security from intruders.
Date: February 26, 1918
Creator: Hatchl, Harold C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Grass and Weed Cutter

Description: Patent for devicd for the cutting of grass and pulling of weeds from the root. Development and use are within text; includes illustrations to demonstrate the object of the patent.
Date: December 4, 1917
Creator: Taylor, Lawrence S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Windmill.

Description: Patent for improving windmills by attaching the vanes at angles that best match the wind's direction.
Date: February 12, 1918
Creator: Liles, Leander W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Brush.

Description: Patent for a brush that provides adjustable handle for variety of uses and great saving of time and labor. The brush is durable and not excessively heavy.
Date: June 4, 1918
Creator: Lay, William 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 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

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 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

Cotton-Chopper.

Description: Patent for a cotton chopping wheel which can be attached to any style of plow or cultivator. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 9, 1897
Creator: Rusk, William Thomas.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mill-Stone Dress.

Description: Patent for Mill Stone Dressing- the pattern on a mill stone for the better grinding of grains into flour. The furrows and grooves of the new design allow grain to be "milled... at greater speed (and)even distribution."
Date: March 8, 1870
Creator: Loy, G. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Portable Pump, &c.

Description: Patent for improvement to a pump "adapted for attachment to small vessels containing oil, water or any other liquid" (lines 10-12) that includes a better means of securing the pump.
Date: September 15, 1885
Creator: Phillips, Richard
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved motorized churn. This design "has for its object to provide a means for converting a rotary into a reciprocating movement and regulating the range of the reciprocating mechanism" (lines 15-18).
Date: February 24, 1880
Creator: Britain, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved motorized butter churn. This design is of "a simple and efficient device for converting a rotary into a reciprocating motion, which may be either vertical or horizontal, and is especially adapted to the various kinds of churns, washing-machines, and the like now in the market" (lines 13-18).
Date: January 4, 1881
Creator: Clark, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rivet-Set.

Description: Patent for an improvement in rivet-sets which having various sizes of holes and cavities for cutting and setting; it can be riveted by hand or machine. Illustration is included.
Date: February 10, 1891
Creator: Wilson, William A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a tool that can be used for fence construction by stretching the wires to the desired tension, or for repairing fences by crimping the slack in the wires. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 5, 1897
Creator: Gardner, Robert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Chopper

Description: Patent for "a cheap and simple machine adapted to chop or hoe cotton and simultaneously plow or hill the same; furthermore, to adapt the chopper to form stands composed of any number of plants and at any distance apart, and, finally, to provide means for raising and lowering the plows out of and into operative position and throwing the chopping mechanism into and out of gear, which means are controlled in a convenient manner by the driver or operator" (lines 10-20).
Date: April 19, 1892
Creator: Balshaw, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pump.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pump. This design "is to provide an engine or apparatus . . . in pumps of that class known as "force-pumps" . . . which is simple and durable in construction, and which is of large working capacity. . . . [The design] attain[s] the purposes of [the] invention by . . . the pump-buckets or caging and that part of the delivering-pipe containing the . . . valves in the plungers . . . [and] the ball-valves" (lines 9-28).
Date: October 19, 1886
Creator: Sparks, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

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
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