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Corn-Planter.

Description: Patent relating to "a novel corn-planter, and has for its object the production of a simple, durable, and efficient planting attachment which may be applied to an ordinary plow and which when so applied will automatically effect the distribution of corn or other grain at desired intervals" (lines 12-18).
Date: December 21, 1897
Creator: Ellis, William Wesley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Van Zandt County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Van Zandt County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, and towns. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1921
Creator: Atlee, Tom & Giles, J. Bascom
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Railway Appliance.

Description: Patent for a railway appliance designed to prevent cars from leaving the track, as well as apply brakes to train to quickly decelerate or stop.
Date: July 21, 1903
Creator: Sweat, Omega
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wagon-Body Lifter

Description: New and useful improvements in Wagon-Body lifters. Furnish a wagon-body lifter simple in structure, efficient in its operation and durable.
Date: August 24, 1880
Creator: Morris, John P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hopper for Leaching Ashes.

Description: Patent for improved ash-hopper that is composed of suitable frame, two side boards, two triangle end boards that can be used to improve leaching ashes.
Date: June 7, 1881
Creator: Alexander, Abbington B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Fire Screen and Fender.

Description: Patent for a combined fire screen and fender. This design "works in the mantle-piece by means of weights, and is secured in position by by means of a spring-latch that catches in notches in the jamb. This screen thus arranged can be made to answer for three purposes: By letting it down nearly to the hearth it acts as a blower; by letting it entirely down accidents from fire are prevented, and when let down in the summer time it makes a handsome summer screen" (lines 21-30).
Date: July 19, 1881
Creator: Matthews, James Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tool for Building Wire Fences.

Description: Patent for a simple and effective tool used for building wire fences that is "a nail holding and driving device, a measuring attachment, and a wire cutter" (lines 12-14).
Date: May 15, 1894
Creator: Highsmith, Lewis C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Grave Cover.

Description: Patent for a new and improved grave covering. This design calls for a concrete slab, slightly larger than its lidless wooden box, to rest on the upper edges of the latter. A slat in the slab will receive a headstone, which will rest on the slab via flanges.
Date: September 21, 1880
Creator: Thomas, James R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gate.

Description: Patent for a new and improved gate. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the gate and the horizontally-swinging arm arranged above the gate and provided in its free end with a longitudinal slot and a series of transverse perforations and engaging the lever, the vertical latch, also pivoted on the gate, and the horizontally-sliding connecting bar between the lower ends of the latch and the lever" (lines 90-101).
Date: September 10, 1889
Creator: Lively, Robert M. & Lively, Louis P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Percolator.

Description: Patent for a simple and inexpensive water-bath percolator meant to extract "the soluble constituents of various substances" (lines 11-12). "The lid or cover may be sealed hermetically whenever it is desirable to exclude the air or prevent the escape of vapor or volatile constituents" (lines 19-22). It has an inner vessel, the outer vessel containing water. The two vessels are easily disconnected.
Date: December 24, 1895
Creator: Riley, David L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stalk Knocker.

Description: Patent for a new and improved stalk knocker. This design consists in "the combination, with the running-gear of a wagon, of a frame-work mounted thereon and provided with vertically-adjustable hangers at its rear end carrying stalk-knockers and their shaft, a diagonal adjustable brace connecting the hanger and the frame-work, and a driving-pulley formed in sections, having spoke-embracing lugs, and connected to the knocker-shaft by means of a belt" (lines 10-18).
Date: November 8, 1887
Creator: Allen, William A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Chopper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton chopper. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the rotary chopping-shaft, provided with the sliding gear-collar, the inner face of which is beveled round to form a shoulder, of a cross-piece, having a downwardly-extending perpendicular stop-piece" (lines 88-93).
Date: August 8, 1882
Creator: Rains, William O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vehicle-Axle.

Description: Patent for "axles for carriages, wagons, &c., and has for its object the construction of an axle in such a manner as to enable the spindle and stock to be removed and replaced by a new one when worn out without going to the expense and trouble of going to a blacksmith." (Lines 6-12) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 15, 1896
Creator: Morris, John Poke
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Device for Elevating Wagon-Bodies.

Description: Patent for a pulley system for elevating wagons off the ground and "keeping them suspended under the roof of a barn or other roofed structure while not in use" (lines 19-21), including instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 30, 1880
Creator: Booker, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn Planter and Dropper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved seed planter or dropper. This design utilizes a hopper, a shaft provided with cups, a bevel having a countersunk opening provided with a recess, a gate hinged in said recess and held in contact with the cups on the shaft by a spring, and a concave partition fitting the periphery of the shaft, all constructed and arranged in a novel way (lines 68-75). Additionally, this design utilizes a wheel, the motion of which dispenses the seed.
Date: June 28, 1881
Creator: Dawson, John Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lap Ring.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lap ring (or link). This design utilizes a hinge to allow for half of the ring to part from the other half, which creates a larger opening and allows for connection with a wider range of things (e.g., larger clevises).
Date: October 25, 1881
Creator: Matthews, James Levi
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lap Ring.

Description: Patent for a new and improved carabiner ("lap ring"). This design calls for the hinged bar to interlock more with the body of the ring. This design prevents the stretching of the ring when bearing a heavy load, representing an improvement over previous designs.
Date: February 22, 1881
Creator: Morris, John P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Self-Setting Trap.

Description: Patent for a useful self-setting trap, meaning the captured animal will set the trap for another animal. In this self-setting trap the bait is held against molestation, and which may be employed to successively catch and confine all animals that may pass therein.” (Lines 14-17) Illustration is included.
Date: July 7, 1891
Creator: Dowell, Lawson Henry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow Attachment.

Description: Patent for a plow attachment for turning the subsoil while the main plow opens the furrow that can be adjusted to any depth desired and attached to all types of plows.
Date: April 30, 1907
Creator: Tunnell, Wilson B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Evaporating-Pan.

Description: Patent for a evaporating pan for use in making syrup from green juices that helps strain impurities out of the juice and boil it down by having a variety of compartments that the juice flows through throughout the pan.
Date: May 14, 1907
Creator: Chamblee, Wilson G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Compound Tool

Description: Patent for a compound tool. This invention consists of multiple tools in one. Illustration included.
Date: April 26, 1904
Creator: Highsmith, Aubrey O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wills Point 1906 Sheet 5

Description: Sanborn map sheet showing an area of Wills Point in Van Zandt County, Texas, including geographic features, buildings, and details related to risk assessment for fire insurance.
Date: 1906
Creator: Sanborn Map Company
Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History