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Montgomery County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Montgomery County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes and hand drawn lines have been made on the published map to add railroad lines and roads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1901
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Montgomery County

Description: Blueline format of survey map of Montgomery County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, and blocks of land. No scale information given.
Date: 1855
Creator: Willke, H.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Insect-Destroying Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements in insect-destroying machines to remove and destroy the boll-weevil of cotton plants by “gathering the branches of the plant into position to be effectively operated upon by a revolving brush which sweeps the weevils from the plant into a box carried by the machine without injury to the cotton plants.” (Lines 25 -30)
Date: April 22, 1902
Creator: Dyer, Charles V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rotary Engine.

Description: Patent for an improvement in rotary engines, specifically in engines where the piston is operated by direct and expansive force of steam.
Date: December 16, 1902
Creator: Carothers, Samuel Eugene
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stove-Damper.

Description: Patent for stove-damper by using “a damper-valve which not only subserves the usuall function of an ordinary cooking-stove damper which works over the smoke-exit flue, but also acts as a draft regulating device to provide for regulating the draft the damper is thrown to a closed position.” (Lines 19-26) Illustration is included.
Date: November 27, 1900
Creator: Witcher, John C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rail Joint, Chair, and Tie.

Description: Patent for simple, reliable and efficient means to prevent the rails from spreading or sinking at the joins. Also to provide a metal tie designed to pass through the rail chairs at the rail joints.
Date: August 11, 1908
Creator: Frampton, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Padlock.

Description: Patent for a padlock which "has for its object to provide a lock which cannot be picked and which shall be strong and simple in construction." (lines 9-11) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 19, 1905
Creator: Rembert, Willie E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Insect - Destroying Machine.

Description: Patent for a machine developed for the removal of insects from cotton plants by means of rotary brushes on each side and crushing rolls below the brushes to kill the insects dislodged.
Date: September 8, 1903
Creator: Dyer, Charles V. & Willette, Willie S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Insecticide

Description: Patent for a type of insecticide for cotton and vegetable plants. Particularly effective for use against the "boll-weevil" of cotton plants.
Date: May 26, 1903
Creator: Bourlon, Eugene A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railway Cattle-Gate.

Description: Patent for a gate that automatically opens when cattle are crossing and closes afterward, so that the track is unobstructed for trains. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 17, 1897
Creator: Westmoreland, Joseph M. & Strange, Benjamin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Sawing-Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and valuable sawing-machine is combined and, "consists in the construction and novel arrangement of the vibrating beam, vertically-sliding block, and flanged support," (pg. 3) e.g...including instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 18, 1873
Creator: Westmoreland, Joseph M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow Mold Board.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow mold board. This design "consists of a circular roll arranged in the mold-board near the point and covered with belting, which, in the forward movement of the plow, is revolved and carries the earth backward on an endless belt passing around rollers journaled in the end of transverse slots made in the mold-board, whereby, in the forward movement of the plow, the belt is revolved and the friction of the earth on the mold-board decreased and the plow scoured" (lines 17-28).
Date: August 22, 1882
Creator: Dahlman, Carl Oscar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire Place.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fire place. This design "simplif[ies] the construction of . . . that class of fire-places provided with an air-space around its back, sides, and under its hearth, whereby the air in said space is heated and used for ventilating a room . . . thus enabling them to be manufactured at a greatly reduced cost and set up for use without the necessity of building an arch in the wall of a room to receive the fire-place" (lines 17-26).
Date: June 12, 1883
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hydraulic Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hydraulic motor. This design "consists, broadly, in alternately directing a moving column of water or like fluid into two cylinders placed side by side, and containing working-pistons united at their outer ends to crank-arms connecting with the power-shaft and with a cam-wheel operating the cut-off mechanism" (lines 15-22).
Date: October 28, 1884
Creator: Woodburn, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Cleaner.

Description: Patent for a cotton cleaner that provides "certain improvements in machines for cleaning lint cotton, and especially to provide a machine of this character which is intended to be arranged in the common lint flue, so as to occupy a position between the ordinary condenser in the lint room, and the nearest gin thereto" (lines 9-16). The cotton is thoroughly cleaned after leaving the gin, so that motes, stems, sticks, dry leaves, sand, &c. will be separated from the cotton.
Date: October 3, 1893
Creator: Rembert, Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stand and Rack for Exhibiting Goods.

Description: Patent for a new and improved display rack and stand. This design "is to provide a novelty rack for displaying or exhibiting fancy goods, wearing-apparel, hats, bonnets, and other articles; and to such end the invention consists of a standard suitably supported by a base-piece, a collar or ring, and a series of arms sustained by the collar or ring, with their inner arms resting in frictional contact with the surface and the stand, the collar or ring being of such diameter as to stand at a distance from the standard to form a fulcrum or bearing for the arms at a short distance from their inner ends" (lines 8-19).
Date: June 19, 1883
Creator: Richards, Augustus, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Music Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sheet-music holder. This design consists "[i]n a music-holder, the combination of the base-board, the tension arms, the frictional spiral-swings, the plates perforated to receive the screw, and having the countersunk perforation to receive the knots in the ends of the elastic cords, and the knot receiver" (lines 50-55).
Date: April 28, 1885
Creator: Frampton, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department