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Bowie Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Bowie County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, Trammel's Trace, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in pencil to denote the addition of the Spanish Bluffs and the crossing on Trammel's Trace. Scale [ca. 1:177,778] (2000 varas to 3/8 of an inch).
Date: 1899
Creator: Pressler, C. W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Septic Tank

Description: Patent for Septic Tank for sewage disposal. This patent improves previous models, due to its easily instillation.
Date: April 8, 1913
Creator: Payne, George Ralph & Moore, Stewart
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rock-Drill.

Description: Patent for a composite rock drill composed of granular metal or minerals held together in a binder to present sharp points for the efficient drilling of rock and other substances.
Date: April 1, 1913
Creator: Blackburn, Julian E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seed-Dropper.

Description: Patent for a seed dropper that is used to drop peas or other seeds between hills of corn. This tool is very light and can be handled with one hand.
Date: July 31, 1917
Creator: Hefner, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Shock-Absorber.

Description: Patent for a shock absorber for motor vehicles that have springs systems extending transversely to the vehicle body. The shock absorber is designed to absorb and break the sudden movements of the vehicle enabling an easier ride than would otherwise be possible.
Date: October 30, 1917
Creator: Williams, Robert Sears
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cooking-Range.

Description: Patent for a cooking-range that "heat may be conducted from the firebox above the oven, and into a lid compartment" (lines 11-12).
Date: November 18, 1913
Creator: Daniel, James Edward
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wheel.

Description: Patent for an improved and resilient spring wheel for a vehicle.
Date: December 23, 1913
Creator: Collinsworth, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Subsoil Attachment for Plows.

Description: Patent for a subsoil attachment for plows in which the attachment can be “held fixedly relative to the plow so as to be maintained constantly at the desired depth without pushing upwardly under the resistance offered by the soil. This attachment can also be adjusted easily to plow to the desired depths.” (P. 1, lines 15-22.) Illustration is included.
Date: October 14, 1913
Creator: Mathis, William R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Feed Device for Gin-Saw Sharpeners

Description: Patent for "a feeding device for the teeth which is independent of the filing devices, and which shall be so constructed that it will properly feed the teeth of saws of varying diameters, so as to give a regular and uniform size to each tooth without reference to the number of teeth in the saw" (lines 18-24).
Date: January 29, 1889
Creator: Behan, William & Friensehner, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drier.

Description: Patent for a new and improved drier. This design "relates to improvements in driers for lumber . . . and the objects of [the] improvement are to provide, with stackless arches having a closed top and openings in the side, a series of spark-arresting plates located opposite said openings, to deflect downward all the sparks that may escape through said openings, and thereby secure perfect safety in the use of that class of driers" (lines 9-22).
Date: August 7, 1888
Creator: McPherson, Wallace
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drier.

Description: Patent for a new and improved drier. This design "relates to improvements in driers for lumber . . . and the objects of [the] improvement are to provide, with stackless arches having a closed top and openings in the side, another arch or arches alongside of the first with openings in its sides, and pendent deflecting-plates to arrest all sparks that may issue from a furnace also provided with deflecting walls or plates, and thereby secure perfect safety in the use of that class of driers" (lines 9-23).
Date: August 14, 1888
Creator: McPherson, Wallace
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay and Cotton Press

Description: Patent for "hay and cotton press that can be easily and cheaply constructed and that can be operated by hand or horse power" (Lines 20-22).
Date: June 19, 1883
Creator: Donaldson, Sven
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Basket.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wire basket. This design "consists in a wire basket formed of a circular bottom, and a wire frame bent to form a cylinder, in the lower part of which cylinder the circular bottom is held" (lines 13-16).
Date: February 10, 1885
Creator: Elliott, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pad for the Backs of Horses.

Description: Patent for a new and improved pad for horses. This design consists in "the air-tight cushion composed of opposite blanks of elastic air-tight material secured along their adjacent edges, and a central longitudinally-disposed dividing strip dividing the cushion into opposite compartments, and provided with openings affording communication between the compartments" (lines 62-68).
Date: April 22, 1890
Creator: Mudford, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lumber-Trimmer.

Description: Patent for an improved lumber-trimmer that has "a suitable carriage or number of carriages for conveying the lumber a series of swinging frames, which carry belted saws and also supporting-wheels, which wheels, if not tripped, will ride over the lumber, carrying the saws up with them out of an operative position, but which wheels, if tripped, will ride over the lumber, but permit the suspended saws to remain in operative position to trim the lumber at different points in its length, as may be desired" (lines 23-33).
Date: December 3, 1895
Creator: Coleman, Thomas A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Electric Alarm.

Description: Patent for an automatic electric alarm meant to be hooked up to an automatic dry-pipe sprinkler system, and protects against fire. The alarm goes off when the air in the sprinkler pipes falls below a predetermined level. This invention also signals an alert when there is a leak in the pipes, and is an improvement on the circuit-wires for similar alarms.
Date: January 7, 1896
Creator: Williams, George Bayley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Support for Cutter-Heads.

Description: Patent for a support for cutter-heads that allows the operator to easily sharpen, dress, and treat the bits or cutters of the head. It has a spindle that turns and slides in a bearing and supports a cutter-head a pin in the spindle that is seated inn the grooves in the bearings, and a spring loaded bolt in the end of the spindle.
Date: December 4, 1894
Creator: Kendig, Andrew
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Turnstile-Gate.

Description: Patent for a turnstile-gate meant "to provide a gate of novel construction to be used at the intersection of a number of fences that access may be had through the gate from one to the other of the inclosures formed by said fences" (lines 13-17). It is especially meant for stockyards when several fences come together in one place.
Date: September 3, 1895
Creator: Cowley, Benjamin T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Convertible Trunk.

Description: Patent for a trunk that converts between luggage (for use while traveling) and a bureau (for use while not traveling), with illustrations.
Date: March 29, 1892
Creator: Dwyer, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Dasher.

Description: Patent for "reciprocating churn-dashers with rotary heads." (Lines 11-12) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 5, 1891
Creator: Sterling, Isaac F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Animal-Traps

Description: Patent for "traps for catching large and small animals; and it consists in the combination of a number of inclined plates or boards, provided with spurs on their lower ends and hinged to fixed ridges on their upper ends, so arranged as to form ridges or elevations and depressions, and to entrap the animals by holding their legs between the spurred ends of said inclined plates" (lines 15-23).
Date: April 14, 1874
Creator: Flournoy, Rice Smith
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department