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McCulloch County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of McCulloch County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1904
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Photograph of Helge Family Home]

Description: Photograph of the Helge family home at Bear Creek in the early 1900s with lightning rods on the roof, a large barn and outbuilding on the left, an outhouse on the right, and a spacious yard enclosed by a white picket fence.
Date: 1900~
Creator: Easterwood, Connie
Partner: McCulloch County Historical Commission

"The History of East Sweden" - By Diane Johnson

Description: Copy of an essay written by Diane Johnson, depicting the journey of Swedish immigrants, Charles Conard and Mina (Gustafson) Johnson, to the East Sweden area in 1887, where they, and other Swedish immigrants, played important roles in the development of a thriving community.
Date: 1950
Creator: Johnson, Diane
Partner: McCulloch County Historical Commission

[House in McCullough County]

Description: Photograph of a house in McCullogh County. It is a one-story building with a paneled roof and a shaded patio. Inscription on the back reads "House at scene of [illegible] massacre, Lindley Crossing, McCullogh County."
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for "pin-and-link car-couplings to enable the same to couple automatically and to be readily uncoupled without going between cars, and to provide means for holding the link in substantially a horizontal position for guiding it into the mouth of a draw-head to avoid going between cars and guiding the link by hand." (Lines 12-19) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 13, 1897
Creator: Allen, George F.; Allen, Charles D. & Martin, Richard W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fleece Binder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fleece-binder. This design "consists in a fleece-binder constructed with a box attached to a supporting-frame, and having inclined flanges upon its side edges, and provided with hinged press-boards and fingers operated by push-bars, a cord, and a treadle, whereby the fleece can be compressed and held while being tied. To the ends of the sides of the box is attached a knife, so that all the twines of the bundle can be cut at a time" (lines 20-29).
Date: September 2, 1884
Creator: Krueger, Theodore C.H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refrigerating Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a refrigerating apparatus that consists of a circular table that has a reservoir in its middle and jars mounted on fibrous mats and secured in a grid around the reservoir. Fibrous bags surround the jars and the excess material is gathered and goes into the reservoir.
Date: April 28, 1896
Creator: Dodge, Israel A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

System of Road Drainage.

Description: Patent for a new and improved system of road drainage. This design is "especially . . . for use on dirt and other roads, and adapted to quickly dry the road after a heavy rainfall without disturbing the road-bed. The invention consists of a drain arranged longitudinally under the road-bed and provided with outlet-pipes placed suitable distances apart, and each adapted to be closed at its outer end, and branch air-pipes also extending from the said drain and adapted to be connected with an air-pump for pumping the air out of the drain" (lines 10-21).
Date: December 2, 1890
Creator: Mitchell, Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Milk Cooler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved milk cooler. This design consists in "the combination, with the body or frame provided with water-troughs, of the jacketed cans having the upper ends of their jackets extending into the troughs, and an air-collecting device arranged . . . to collect and direct the air against the exposed jackets" (lines 14-21).
Date: April 2, 1889
Creator: Dodge, Frances A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Shepherd's Crook.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shepherd's crook. This design "has relation to shepherd's crooks; and it consists in the construction and novel arrangement of the tapering and balanced staff, the slender neck near the head or crook, the broad bearings of the crook, and the guard-knob on the end thereof" (lines 16-21).
Date: April 3, 1883
Creator: Deland, Edward E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Appliance for Training Horses.

Description: Patent for a new and improved appliance for training horses. This design "consists, essentially, in a leg-halter composed of chains or ropes connected by a common ring, or otherwise, and connected with gyves or shackles to encircle the pastern of each leg, a yoke or frame placed upon the withers, or forward or back thereof, and provided with a clamp, and a band passing through the clamp and down to one of the shackles, or to the horse's leg, the other end being carried to a convenient point to be passed by the trainer or attendant" (lines 9-20).
Date: August 10, 1886
Creator: Dodge, Israel Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refrigerating Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a new and improved refrigerator. This design "consists, essentially, in a series of vessels surrounded or enveloped by fibrous material, dipping into a water-vessel above, and serving to maintain a constant supply of water to the exterior of the vessels through capillary action, the water being caused to pass down in such quantity as to drip from the bottoms of the vessels and collect in a second tank supplying a second series of vessels in the same manner, and finally to collect in a suitable vessel below, intermediate filtering apparatus being provided or not, as required" (lines 9-20).
Date: January 1, 1884
Creator: Dodge, Frances A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Neck-Yoke or Tongue Attachment

Description: Patent for a neck-yoke or tongue attachment. It is adapted for use with any "type of breast-bar, neck-yoke, or tongue and pole equipped vehicles" (lines 12-14).
Date: March 12, 1912
Creator: Davis, James B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Extensible Ladder.

Description: Patent for a new and useful Extensible Ladder. The improved Extensible Ladder is comprised of a ladder on each side of the structure, extendable platform, and guard rails.
Date: July 9, 1912
Creator: Putman, Lewis S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Valve.

Description: Patent for a valve for use as part of a tank filling apparatus, which is easy to attach.
Date: May 31, 1910
Creator: McKnight, Samuel E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tie.

Description: Patent for a railway tie that has a stronger attachment to the rails than other models.
Date: December 26, 1911
Creator: Wade, James T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department