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Map of Upshur County., Texas.

Description: Survey map of Upshur County, Texas, showing property lines, ownership, land grants, and plat numbers. The map also includes towns, roads, rivers, creeks, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:133,333] (4000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1873?
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Upshur Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Upshur County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, routes, trails, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in red pencil to highlight the border between the districts of Nacogdoches and Harrison and Caddo Trace. Scale [ca. 1:152,381] (4000 varas to 7/8 of an inch).
Date: 1914
Creator: Pressler, C. W. & Terrell, O. O.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Improvement in Road-Scrapers.

Description: Patent for an improvement in road-scrapers which "consists in hanging the scoop to the carriage in such a manner that it may always be made to scrape in horizontal planes whether the carriage run on a level surface or on a hill side; and also in certain devices for holding the scoop suspended above the ground while moving from place to place." (Lines 9-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 26, 1872
Creator: Coy, Elihu E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seed-Planter

Description: Patent for a seed-planter, illustrations included.
Date: October 16, 1900
Creator: Wright, William L. & Hackler, Andrew J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon-Body Lifter

Description: Patent for new and useful improvements in Wagon-Body Lifters. (Line 5-6) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 5, 1905
Creator: Reneau, Charley William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn.

Description: Patent for a churn with an improved dasher-operating mechanism. It simply and effectively combines a "rotary and reciprocatory movement to a churn-dasher to hasten the separation of the butter" (lines 11-13). The dasher is attached to a frame, and is operated through a crank. The churn rests on a platform also attached to the frame.
Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Wright, William L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fruit Can.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fruit can. This design "consists in the combination of a can having its upper edge turned inward, so as to form a flange, an L-shaped collar which is secured inside of the mouth of the can, the cap which has its lower edge turned outward, so as to form a flange, and a holding device for keeping the cap in position" (lines 13-19).
Date: September 16, 1884
Creator: Robinson, John Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mole Trap.

Description: Patent for a new and improved mole trap. This design "relates to mole-traps, and to that class of the same which are placed above the mole-hill and communicate with the hole therein, so that the passage of the mole through the latter will actuate the trap to impale the mole in the usual manner" (lines 9-14).
Date: July 7, 1885
Creator: Payne, David, Hinsley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Cleaner.

Description: Patent for a simple and effective cotton cleaning machine that removes foreign matter from cotton before or after ginning. This enhances the cotton's worth and quality. The cotton will not get torn during this process.
Date: May 9, 1893
Creator: Smith, Jonathan N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combination Harrow and Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a combined harrow and cultivator that can easily change between the two. It consists of a beam with front and back removable tooth-seats, handles, adjusting holes in the beam, a perforated plate on the top and bottom sides of the beam, pins, and a wedge-shaped key between the bar and a slot in a tooth.
Date: July 25, 1893
Creator: West, Edward B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design consists in "[a] car-coupler having a hook formed thereon . . . an open recess in the rear thereof, pins or projecting supports adjacent to the recess . . . a trigger pivoted to the coupler and projecting beyond the hook, so as to support the link . . . independent of the coupler and adapted to pass over the hook" (lines 64-75).
Date: August 12, 1890
Creator: Richardson, Samuel T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists in "[t]he slide for shovel-plows, consisting of two members having enlargements at their ends, provided with radial notches, the upper member being provided with a longitudinal slot, and a pivot-pin inserted through the enlargements of the members" (lines 62-67).
Date: June 10, 1890
Creator: Mason, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Poke.

Description: Patent for a new and improved animal poke. This design "is to construct a device which may be secured to horses, cattle, and other animals, and which will effectually prevent fence-jumping, while at the same time allow the animal free use of [its] head and limbs, doing away with any tendency to cramp the wearer" (lines 17-23). It consists, "with bar and a means for suspending it beneath the animal's body and the bar, which is secured at its outer end to the animal's head, of a hinge to the opposite side of which the adjacent ends of the said bars are pivoted" (lines 78-83).
Date: May 17, 1892
Creator: Stracener, Upton W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Portable Dam.

Description: Patent for a new and improved portable dam. This design "consists in the combination of the timbers which form the dam, the vertical uprights between which the timbers are place, the braces which support the dam in an upright position, the rider placed upon the braces, the wires, and the hooks to which the wires are fastened" (lines 13-19).
Date: January 7, 1890
Creator: Williams, Stephen P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Cotton Plows.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists, "with the plow-stock provided with a staple near the lower end of the standard, having an opening formed with a series of parallel sides, and a staple on the beam . . . consisting of a series of bails of the fender-plate rigidly secured to the rod, the lower end of said rod being formed in cross-section of a series of parallel sides, said end adapted to fit and be adjusted in said staple, the upper end of the rod being adapted to be adjusted in any one of the bails of the staple" (lines 7-18).
Date: January 7, 1890
Creator: Collier, Johnathan T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Gin Hopper.

Description: Patent for swinging adjustable breast for Cotton-Gin Hoppers designed to regulate the density of cotton. Accompanied by illustrations.
Date: January 20, 1883
Creator: Horne, Edward G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Car Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and improved automatic car brake. This design "consists, first, in the combination of the draw-heads . . . connecting-rods . . . and a partially-rotating shaft provided with suitable slotted cams, which cams are attached to the brake-beams, so that when the draw-heads are forced inward or drawn out the brakes will move out of contact with the wheels; second, in the combination, with the slotted cams and a mechanism for moving them, of the rods which are connected thereto, and which pass through the brake-beams, the sliding sleeves, the springs, and the nuts" (lines 13-27).
Date: January 22, 1884
Creator: Miller, John D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department