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Brown County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Brown County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map, marking an approximate route to Phantom Hill via Crogan [Croghan] Road. Scale ca. 1:213,333 (4000 varas to 5/8 of an inch).
Date: 1910
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Map of Brown County

Description: Blueline format of survey map of Brown County, Texas, showing blocks of land, rivers, creeks, and roads. No scale information given.
Date: 1858
Creator: Hectors, J. P
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Trading Card: Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Lake Brownwood State Park, depicting a scissor-tailed flycatcher perched on a stretch of barbed wire. The back of the card contains information about the species.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling-Press.

Description: Patent for improvements in baling-presses by using a “duplex baling-press wherein the power is alternately applied by novel mechanism to the two baling-plungers in such manner that only one plunger at a given time is operating to compress the bale, and at the completion of the stroke thereof the other plunger is operated to compress its bale, the arrangement being such that the plungers are alternately engaged and released by the power mechanism and are automatically returned to operative position after they have been released.” (Lines 9-21.) Illustration is included.
Date: September 18, 1900
Creator: Watkins, William D. & Pruit, Trose P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Bell-Ringer

Description: Patent for an electric bell ringer that is "operated either by electric wires from a distance or by merely pressing a push-button" (lines 11-13).
Date: October 24, 1905
Creator: Hall, Ira W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Crude-Oil Burner.

Description: Patent for new and useful improvements in Crude-Oil Burners which provide a novel constructions that may be utilized in many locations.
Date: May 23, 1905
Creator: Pippin, John William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sash-Fastener.

Description: Patent for an improvement in sash fasteners for window attachments. The patent allows the window to be opened without counterbalances and also keeps the window from being opened from outside.
Date: February 6, 1906
Creator: Staton, John William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Locking Device

Description: Patent for "a device for locking the frames of loose-leaf binders...which will not be readily bent or broken." (lines 11, 12, 21 & 21), including instructions and illustration.
Date: March 23, 1905
Creator: Hall, William N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting Attachment for Sewing-Machines.

Description: Patent for "an improved frame for carrying the rolls of cloth from which a quilt is to be made in a horizontal position, so that they are adapted to be stitched together, with the batting between them, by the aid of an ordinary sewing-machine." (Lines 8-14) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 13, 1897
Creator: Howard, Thomas B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale-Tie Opener.

Description: Patent for "a simple and durable device by means of which the buckles or securing devices on cotton-bale ties or bands may be readily opened and the band removed from the bale without destroying the buckle or the band, so that they may be again used." (Lines 11-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 1, 1897
Creator: Gaskill, Clinton R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Stalk Puller.

Description: Patent for an improved machine for pulling cotton-stalks by making “the pulling-wheel turned in a direction to cause its side engaging the cotton-stalks to move rearwardly or in a direction opposite to that in which the machine is advancing” (lines 87-91), illustration is included.
Date: February 10, 1891
Creator: Womack, Lewis L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hay Press

Description: Patent for an improvement to hay press designs resulting in a "simple, durable, and effective press" (line 13). Instructions and illustrations are included.
Date: August 10, 1897
Creator: Couch, John Calvin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanical Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved engine. This design "is to convert a given rotary into a vertical reciprocating motion, and to provide means whereby the stroke of the reciprocating motion may be increased or diminished, according to the use or work to which the machine may be applied; and to these ends the novelty consists in the construction, combination, and arrangement of the same" (lines 10-18).
Date: November 11, 1884
Creator: Groves, Isaac N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn-Harvester.

Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and durable corn harvester that "when drawn over a field of corn of cutting the ears of corn from two rows simultaneously, and of depositing the cut corn in a receiver at the rear of the cutters" (lines 11-15).
Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: Perkins, James Edward
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churning Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved churn. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the base having uprights forming guides for the vertically-movable rod, of the rod movable in said guides and adapted to be connected with a rod or dasher, the treadle, a link connecting the treadle with said rod, the shaft having a platform adapted to support the churn-body and provided with a crank, and a pitman connecting said crank with the treadle" (lines 72-80).
Date: June 1, 1886
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Process of Purifying Vegetable Oils.

Description: Patent for a process of purifying vegetable oils, specifically cottonseed oil, using a little or no soap-stock and without losing oil. It also improves the purifying process. This process is meant for crude oil, but can be used to further refine already refined oil.
Date: October 1, 1895
Creator: Latting, Richard G., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Cork Extractor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic cork extractor. This design "consists, principally, of a vertically-moving and partially-rotating blade having a harpoon-shaped or shouldered head for piercing and drawing the corks; in laterally opening and closing jaws for holding the necks of the bottles; in pivoted and laterally-moving pointed levers for throwing the parts of the corks away from the blade when withdrawn, and in the construction and combination of the parts of the device" (lines 14-23).
Date: May 24, 1881
Creator: Clark, Chester Cady
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Composition of Matter for Removing Grease, &c.

Description: Patent for a compound that is meant to remove grease, oil, paint, and similar things from delicate cloth. It is composed of gasoline, chloroform, sulfuric ether, alcohol, spirits of ammonia, powdered borax, powdered carbonate of soda, and saltpeter in lumps.
Date: February 7, 1893
Creator: Ehman, Benedickt
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Power.

Description: Patent for improvements in churns is to “simplify and improve the construction of the means for operating vertically-reciprocating churn-dashers and to enable the dasher to be adjusted vertically, according to the amount of lacteal fluid to be churned.” (Lines 11-15) Illustration is included.
Date: April 21, 1891
Creator: Dickey, John S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvement in "the construction of washing-machines and increase their efficacy and produce a thorough rubbing of the clothes and to prevent the latter being torn or in any wise injured by the rubbing action," (lines 11-15) includes illustration.
Date: February 24, 1891
Creator: Walter, George P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nut Lock.

Description: Patent for a keyed lock for nut and bolt that is removable and does not damage the threads.
Date: December 20, 1892
Creator: Crisp, James E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Windmill.

Description: Patent for a new and improved windmill. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the horizontal wind-wheel, the semi-cylindrical case partly inclosing the same and independently revoluble, the case having the notches in its upper side, the vane having the shaft or port whose lower end forms the upper pivot for the said case, and the lever having its inner end fast to the vane shaft or port, and adapted to engage the said notches, and thereby cause the case to expose any desired area of the wheel to the wind" (lines 89-99).
Date: July 24, 1888
Creator: Hamm, Jordan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Burglar Alarm.

Description: Patent for a new and improved burglar alarm. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the casing, the shaft having the winding-drum, the rope connected to the latter passing over a pulley and having a weight attached thereto, a ratchet-wheel at one end of the shaft, a pitman connecting said ratchet-wheel with the alarm-sounding mechanism, a spring-latch engaging the ratchet-wheel and having a cam-lever pivoted in a notch at its front end, the lamp having a scratch-plate attached to its burner, and the lamp-chimney having a vertical slot in its lower end" (lines 39-50).
Date: August 27, 1889
Creator: Carter, Elmira
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department