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Rusk Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Rusk 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: 1895
Creator: Pressler, C. W.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Improvement in Washing-Machines

Description: Patent for "a new and valuable Improvement in Washing-Machines" for which "the novelty consists in providing the tank with two separate apartments or boxes for containing, respectively, suds and clear water, and in arranging the separating partition so that an ordinary wringer may be attached thereto and used on the clothes as they pass from the suds-box to the clear-water box."
Date: July 16, 1872
Creator: Newman, Greer J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Trading Card: Pleated Woodpecker]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Martin Creek Lake State Park, depicting a pileated woodpecker perched on a tree trunk. The back of the card has information about the species.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Feed for Saw-Setting Mechanism.

Description: Patent for improvements to Automatic Feed for Saw-Setting Mechanism, "particularly adapted to advance the saw into alinement with a setting-punch by reciprocatory movement of a part of the mechanism" (lines 11-14), including illustrations.
Date: May 22, 1900
Creator: Haltom, Samuel & Nadel, Abraham G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Script: Probe scheduled in hospital riot]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a state investigation of a riot of 80 black patients at Rusk State Hospital in East Texas. The patients, who claimed they were not being treated fairly, surrendered to authorities nonetheless.
Date: April 17, 1955
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Fanning-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements in fanning-machines by making the fanning-machine portable, so that it “can be placed upon a table or other support or attached to a bed, chair, lounge, or seat of any kind;” (lines 18-21) it also can keep away flies and insects from people. Illustration is included.
Date: June 2, 1891
Creator: Wallace, James T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Blast-Generator.

Description: Patent for "a new and improved automatic blast-generator designed for the use of jewelers, dentists, and other persons, and arranged to produce a steady and uniform blast and to permit of increasing or decreasing the force of the blast as required, according to the nature of the work on hand." (Lines 9-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 12, 1897
Creator: Sidwell, Aaron M., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ironing-Table.

Description: Patent for an improved folding ironing-table that has "its top pivoted to the longer of two pairs of legs, the shorter pair designed to hold a cross bar which is adapted to support the table top about midway its length, when the table is opened and set up for use" (lines 18-22).
Date: November 20, 1894
Creator: Coleman, Robert Franklin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cloth-Measuring Machine.

Description: Patent for a cloth cleaning machine to "furnish bagging-reels, so constructed that the bagging can be conveniently unwound from the roll, measured automatically, and again wound into a roll" (lines 13-17).
Date: January 20, 1880
Creator: Dodson, Orson W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Cleaner and Condenser.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton cleaner and condenser. This design "is to produce a cheap and simple machine of this class which is adapted for use in connection with a cotton-gin and which will rapidly separate the dirt from the cotton and will also condense the cotton, so that it may be easily handled and baled" (lines 10-16). It consists in "[t]he combination of the case or frame having an inlet and its lower end and a hinged downward-curved hood at its upper end with the endless carrier mounted in the said case or frame with its higher end within the curved hood" (lines 47-52).
Date: June 7, 1892
Creator: Wherry, William B. & Smith, William F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[t]he combination of the draw-head provided with a flange upon one of its sides, ways for securing said draw-head in place and allowing it a longitudinal movement, an abutment which is secured to said ways upon one side, a hook which is pivoted in the draw-head on the side opposite to the flange, which hook is provided with a weight for keeping it normally closed, and which has a notch formed upon its pivotal end, and a latch which is pivoted to one side of the draw-head" (lines 64-74).
Date: December 30, 1884
Creator: Haltom, Samuel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spring Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved spring motor. This design consists in "[t]he combination of a motor with a drum attached to one of its shafts . . . the spring which bears upon the stop and which is rigidly secured to the frame at its outer end, the stop being pivoted . . . [and] a rod provided with a cone bearing laterally against said spring for increasing or decreasing the friction of the spring against the drum" (lines 73-84).
Date: February 11, 1890
Creator: Wallace, James T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Cleaner and Condenser.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton cleaner and condenser. This design "is to provide a machine that will take the cotton as it comes from the gin and clean and condense it at one operation; and to this end the novelty consists . . . in an inclosing-shell having a foraminous drum revolving about an open-ended shell which has a longitudinal opening in its periphery, so as to remove the sand and dirt, and . . . in a foraminous drum revolving within a semicircular wire cage, whereby the cotton will be carried around in rolls on the drum and inside of the cage, so as to remove the leaf and trash" (lines 16-28).
Date: August 9, 1887
Creator: Hess, Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Chopper.

Description: Patent for a simple and effective cotton chopper that leaves the plants in bunches that is easily operated and uses a reciprocating motion to rotate the blades and chop the stalks.
Date: March 7, 1893
Creator: Hyde, Frank Sule
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railroad Rail Joint.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rail joint for railroads. This design "relates to railroad-rail joints; and it has for its object to construct, without the use of bolts, nuts, and fish-plates, a joint which shall be cheap, durable, and possessed of great strength and rigidity" (lines 19-23).
Date: July 18, 1882
Creator: Tatum, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a plow that has an improved land-slide that can be "expeditiously and conveniently removed from the shank plate of the plow, and to so construct the shank plate that the share when placed thereon will be firmly held in position and be prevented from slipping vertically" (lines 10-15). The land-slide and shank-plate are firmly interlocked.
Date: May 23, 1893
Creator: Wherry, William B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department