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Map of Lavaca County.

Description: Survey map of Lavaca County, Texas, showing property lines, ownership, land grants, and plat numbers. The map also includes towns, roads, rivers, and creeks. No scale information given.
Date: October 1853
Creator: Pressler, Charles W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Map of Lavaca County]

Description: Map of Lavaca County, Texas, showing showing towns, rivers, creeks, and blocks of land. Map includes a legend corresponding to the owners of the blocks of land in the lower-right corner.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Lavaca Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Lavaca County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, old county boundaries, cities, towns, roads, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1914
Creator: Pressler, C. W. & Bramlette, H. M.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Improvement in Picket-Fences

Description: Patent for improvement for Picket Fences, Patent No. 143632 dated October 14, 1873. The improved picket fences composed of zig zag settings with their upper ends brought in line and are connected and supported by wires and posts.
Date: October 6, 1874
Creator: McGinty, Robert H
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lavaca County Courthouse

Description: Photograph of Lavaca County Courthouse. The stone building is four-stories tall and has a clock tower. Stairs lead up to the main arched entryway. To the left of the main entrance is a tree.
Date: unknown
Partner: Friench Simpson Memorial Library

Corn-Husker.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in corn huskers, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 29, 1899
Creator: Stahl, Adolf
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seed-Planter.

Description: Patent for improvement of seed planter "adapted for the planting of various kinds of seeds" (lines 10-11) and addition of tilting movements, including illustrations.
Date: June 25, 1900
Creator: Wendtland, Wilhelm & Wunderlich, W. F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Seed-Planters.

Description: Patent for a seed-planter that "may be attached to the leg of the attendant and operated by the natural movement of the attendant while walking along behind the machine" (lines 20-23), including illustration.
Date: March 1, 1859
Creator: Benthall, J. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Harness Buckle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved harness buckle. This design calls for a central cross-bar, upon which the frame rests, with fold-able arms that form a loop beneath the side-bars with the assistance of metal pins (lines 57-62). This design eliminates the need for stitching the strap being buckled.
Date: March 15, 1881
Creator: Garrett, Charles William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Buckle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved buckle. This design utilizes two separate tongues that run freely along a middle bar, which lengthens the life of the strap by distributing pressure and allowing for broken out, frayed, or otherwise worn holes to be circumvented for new ones.
Date: May 3, 1881
Creator: Burket, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale-Tie.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bale tie. This design utilizes a strap-iron binder with notches along the sides that allow for a bail to clamp firmly within them; thus, the bale is fastened.
Date: December 30, 1879
Creator: Johnson, Jordan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Barber's Paper Clip.

Description: Patent for a new and improved barber's paper clip. This design calls for "a clip formed by doubling upon itself a [flat] strip of metal," which will hold sheets of paper on which barbers can sharpen their razors. A hook exists on the opposite side, by which the paper clip can hang from the hot towel on the customer's face.
Date: January 17, 1882
Creator: Cohen, Moses
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow Colter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow colter. This design calls for a colter that conforms to the face-curve of the plow shovel, thus forming a landside. The colter can be attached to and removed from either side of the plow standard.
Date: December 27, 1881
Creator: Kersh, Alvin Jacob
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fan.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fan. This design "consists mainly, first, in the combination with a swinging bar of metal or wood, or both, carrying the fans, of a balance-weight located at an angle to the line of the bar for the purpose of retarding its backward movement; and, second, in the combination, with a shaft and a hinge-connection uniting the fan-holder clamp to the shaft, of a removable pin by means of which the fan may be caused to move positively with the shaft or swing independently of it, as may be desired" (lines 12-22).
Date: June 20, 1882
Creator: Cohen, Moses.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pliers.

Description: Patent for pliers that has one jaw fitted with ribs and the other with grooves. This allows the pliers to clamp onto and kink a wire in an improved way.
Date: December 19, 1893
Creator: Neuhaus, Frank C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow-Stock.

Description: Patent for a strong and durable plow-stock that is "capable of receiving and operating in connection with any form of sweep, bull-tongue, or shovel plows, and [provides] means whereby the latter may be adjustably connected to the stock, and said stock readily adjusted, whereby the penetration of the plow may be increased or diminished in accordance with the character of plowing to be done" (lines 10-17).
Date: October 18, 1892
Creator: Koenig, Ernst
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvment in Cotton Cultivator.

Description: Patent for improvements in cotton cultivators: "designed more especially for cultivating cotton, scraping the earth away from the young plants, and thinning out the same" (lines 11-12).
Date: December 18, 1866
Creator: Foster, A. K. & Foster, B. H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the plow-beam, the slotted and braced standard, and the adjustable land-bar, of the winged attachment formed with perforated lugs, the plow-point formed with upper and lower extensions and secured to said attachment" (lines 95-100).
Date: August 21, 1888
Creator: Wied, August & Lürssen, Henrich
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Poison-Distributor

Description: Patent for a device which destroys cotton worms "in which the cylinders [holding the poison] are adapted to be both vertically and laterally adjustable with respect to the height of the cotton and width of the rows" (lines 18-21).
Date: August 19, 1890
Creator: Pressly, Thompson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Artificial-Stone Composition

Description: Patent for "an artificial stone adapted for all purposes to which natural stone can be applied, and which can be given any desired shape while in a plastic state, or carved and polished after hardening" (lines 12-18).
Date: January 28, 1890
Creator: Blackmon, Albert M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterinary Medicine

Description: Patent for "a compound for the eradication of screw-worms in animals, and it has for its object toprovide a simple and inexpensive compound of this character which will quickly and efficiently destroy the worms, and at the same time serve as both an astringent and antiseptic to the wound" (lines 10-16).
Date: April 22, 1890
Creator: Youngkin, John A. & Youngkin, Josiah S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department