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[Portrait of an Unidentified Woman]

Description: Photograph of a woman. Her hair is up and she is wearing a dark coat over her matching blouse. At the bottom of the front side is written "A. D. Backstrom, Burnet, Texas."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Improvement in Turbine Water-Wheels.

Description: Patent for a new turbine water wheel, which is said to alleviate past problems with older model turbines. The patent includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 11, 1870
Creator: Chadwick, H. A.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refrigerating-Cover for Vessels.

Description: Patent for a "device capable of application to any receptacle which, in conjunction with an absorbent envelope and through the medium of capillary action, will cool the entire vessel or receptacle to which it is applied, and thereby preserve its contents in warm weather," (lines 10-15) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 9, 1890
Creator: Mitcheltree, James B.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn and Cotton Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists "[i]n a corn and cotton planter, a hinged hopper provided with a removable partition and an agitator connected at one end to a longitudinal brace on said hopper, in combination with a platform rabbeted, as shown, and formed with slots, disks working in the slots, one of which is provided with pins to operate the agitator and the other disk having pockets" (lines 4-12).
Date: July 13, 1886
Creator: McNorton, John T.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Gin.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton gin. This design "is to provide certain means whereby the breast and guard can be readily and quickly moved and held out of their normal position for the purpose of clearing or freeing the cotton-roll from the saws, and preventing injury to the operator by said saws" (lines 7-13).
Date: June 26, 1883
Creator: Rogan, David Smith
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a car coupling that is simple and can be inexpensively manufactured. The invention's object is "to provide a link controlling device to be used in coupling cars together where the cars have draw-heads of the same or different heights which will render it unnecessary for a person to go between the cars during the operation" (lines 11-16).
Date: January 30, 1894
Creator: Smart, John W.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn.

Description: Patent for a churn that has a frame supporting the churn and swinging motion mixes the cream. This invention successfully separates oily globules from the cream, thus making churning more effective and easy.
Date: October 10, 1893
Creator: Bailey, James Westey & McNorton, John Tomas
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Car-Trucks.

Description: Patent for the improvement of car-trucks, consisting in the arrangement of each wheel of a car-truck upon the outer end of a separate short axle, the bearings of each axle being both located on the inner side of the wheel and the bearing at the inner end of the axle provided with a sliding-box and springs. It includes a description and illustration.
Date: July 9, 1872
Creator: Onley, Joseph
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Milk Cooler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cooler. This design "consist[s] of the main vessel adapted to contain the substance to be cooled, having its upper end open and the walls of said open end drawn or inclined inward, as described, the water vessel supported on said main vessel, with a space between its bottom and the top of the main vessel, and made larger at its bottom than the upper open end of the main vessel, and the enveloping-sheet arranged to be wet by the contents of the water-vessel and extended past the space between the said vessels, whereby to protect the contents of the main vessel" (lines 79-92).
Date: June 10, 1890
Creator: Stiles, Frederick
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Filter and Water Purifier.

Description: Patent for a new and improved water filter. This design consists in "[t]he combination of a water-pump having upwardly-opening valves, an air-pump having downwardly-opening valves, and two perforated cylinders surrounding the pump-tubes and provided with a packing of filtering material, the water-pump tube opening into the inner cylinder, and the pump-tube passing entirely through both heads of the same" (lines 61-68).
Date: November 26, 1889
Creator: Stiles, Frederick
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Safety-Truck for Cars

Description: Patent for safety trucks for railway cars to help prevent the derailment of cars.
Date: November 22, 1892
Creator: Moore, George Wash.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Stretcher.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wire stretcher. This design consists in "[t]he combination . . . of the side bars having a toothed wheel journaled between them and provided with a crank, a set of cross bars or bolts connecting the two side bars, a pawl hung upon one of the cross-bars and having its toothed end arranged to abut against the teeth of the wheel, and a chain passing over the toothed wheel and underneath the pawl" (lines 67-76).
Date: May 21, 1889
Creator: Stiles, Frederick
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Device for cooling milk, meat, vegetables, &c.

Description: Patent for an early fridge, a device that will cool meat, milk and vegetables. It comprises a container of ice cold water, and a place to store the foodstuffs in.
Date: July 12, 1892
Creator: Smart, J. W. & Cheatham, T. C.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a car coupling that automatically couples cars so people do not need to go between cars. This invention is meant to "provide an improved car coupler of the above character, which shall be simple and economical in construction and efficient in operation" (lines 21-24).
Date: March 6, 1894
Creator: Lawhon, David West
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cutstone yard, Burnet, Texas

Description: View of the cut stone yard in Burnet, Texas. The stones were used to construct the Texas state Capitol building.
Date: 1886
Creator: Cooper, S.H.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Artificial Stone

Description: Patent for artificial stone.
Date: September 22, 1902
Creator: Gaines, Thomas Kemp
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Cover.

Description: Patent for improving of the churn's mechanical process by means of the construction of churn covers which prevent the liquid from splashing out the churn.
Date: October 6, 1903
Creator: Poole, Robert J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seed Planter

Description: Patent for a seed planter. Illustration included.
Date: March 31, 1904
Creator: Kirk, Josephus N.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Snow in Burnet, Texas]

Description: Photograph of snow covering a pick-up truck and car in the driveway of John Agrippa Tarver's house in Burnet, Texas. A hedge lining the driveway on the right side of the photo is also covered in snow. Text above the image says "Jun 66" and a handwritten note on the back says "Snow in Burnet."
Date: June 1966
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of the Tarver Family

[Tarver Family Posing with Car]

Description: Photograph of the Tarver family posing together in front of a blue car in Burnet, Texas. From left to right: Wendell Lee is wearing a light shirt and dark slacks and is leaning against the car, holding a pair of sunglasses; Carol Lynn is wearing a checked dress and holding a blue-and-yellow box; Mary Jane is wearing a flowered dress and holding a pamphlet; Byron Lee is wearing a checkered shirt and dark slacks and has his hands behind his back; and Lawrence Alden (front) is wearing a light shirt with dark shorts and is holding a box like his sister's.
Date: December 1968
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of the Tarver Family

[Photograph of Tarver Siblings Out-of-Doors]

Description: Photograph of three Tarver siblings posing together in Burnet, Texas: Carol Lynn (back left), Byron Lee (right), and Lawrence Alden (front). They are standing on a grass lawn and there are two cars in the background, one with all of the doors open, as well as a lamppost and trees.
Date: December 1968
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of the Tarver Family

[Photograph of Wendell Tarver and Sons]

Description: Photograph of Dr. Wendell Lee Tarver and his oldest sons, John Arthur (right) and Byron Lee (left). The two boys are seated on the grassy lawn outside of a house in Burnet, Texas; Dr. Tarver is crouched down behind Byron. The wooden siding of the house and plants along the foundation are visible in the background.
Date: 1958~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of the Tarver Family

[Photograph of the Tarver Siblings and New Baby]

Description: Photograph of the Tarver siblings posing together with their new baby brother. John Arthur is standing on the left, looking down at his siblings, Carol Lynn and Byron Lee are sitting together in a leather chair with wagon wheels on the sides. Byron is holding an infant (Lawrence Alden). Handwritten text on the back of the photo says "Byron 4 1/2, Lynn almost 2, Arthur 5 3/4, Larry 5 weeks."
Date: March 1963
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of the Tarver Family

[Tarver Family Dinner, Christmas 1968]

Description: Photograph of the Tarver family seated around a table in Burnet, Texas, eating dinner at Christmastime. The children, Byron and Lawrence, are wearing plaid shirts and are partially visible on the far right and left of the photograph. Wendell and John are visible near the center of the photograph, in front of a window with open blinds. From left to right: Byron Lee, Dr. Wendell Lee, John Agrippa, and Lawrence Alden. Plates and condiments are on the table, as well as a cake with candles in the center of the photograph.
Date: December 1968
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of the Tarver Family