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[Photo of a drawing of the Hunter House Hotel]

Description: Photo of a drawing of the Hunter House Hotel. David Clark Hunter bought a small house on Lot 8 block 9, original townsite map, in August 1848. By 1850, the hotel was a three storied building with an attic and an ell. According to Mary Kate Hunter, the old hotel burned and the prize register perished in the fire. It was located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Perry Street and the Rusk Road. It also acted as a stage coach stop during the mid 1800's. Among the famous guests were: Sam Houston, Roger Q. Mills, Judge Sexton, General Wigfall, Colonel Ochiltree and many others. The Delespine Hotel, which was located on the opposite corner across Perry street from the Hunter House, was also popular stopping place, and it is said that the old steps of which made a favorite place for Sam Houston to sit and whittle and talk to his constituents. Both buildings have been gone now for many years.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

Car-Seat.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in car seats, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 27, 1900
Creator: Meier, Hermann
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Adjustable Attachment for Freight-Car Doors.

Description: Patent for a mechanism that creates "an adjustable attachment for freight-car doors, for preventing sparks and other objectionable matter from getting into the cars, and means for operating the attachment that is adapted for use in securing the door in different positions of adjustment, and for connection with the body of the car by means of a seal-support, in order that the fixed adjustment of the door cannot be changed without breaking the seal" (lines 12-21).
Date: December 28, 1886
Creator: Duzan, Thomas H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Locking Device For Car-Couplings.

Description: Patent for a new and improved locking device for car couplings, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: July 18, 1899
Creator: Stewart, George P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Protected Bail-Joint.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in protected rail-joints.
Date: April 19, 1898
Creator: Teamer, James Madison
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

End Door For Cars

Description: Patent for a new end door on freight train cars including instructions and illustrations.
Date: July 10, 1900
Creator: Goodridge, Ethan A.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Seat.

Description: Patent for improvements to the "Scarritt-Forney" seat so that the seat body and frame are detachable from each other. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 22, 1897
Creator: Meier, Hermann
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pilot-Coupling.

Description: Patent for "an automatic pilot coupling, which will enable the pilot bar of a locomotive to be coupled with a car by a brakeman while standing to the side of the locomotive out of the way of all danger, from which position he can accurately operate the device, thus doing away with all necessity for going between the moving engine and the car to which it is to be coupled." (Lines 15-23) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 4, 1895
Creator: Heidelberg, Samuel R.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mosquito Netting Frame.

Description: Patent for a new and improved mosquito netting frame. This design "consists of a mosquito-netting frame formed of two longitudinal rods removably fastened to uprights attached to the bedposts, and held by cords or wires passing from the outer ends of each of said longitudinal rods to the top of each upright. A transverse rod or bar is removably attached to the outer ends of said longitudinal bars or rods. . . . [The design] is simple in construction, light, durable, and convenient" (lines 9-18).
Date: March 8, 1881
Creator: Bailey, Alfred H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rack and Spool for Holding Rope Coils.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rack for spools of rope. This design "consists in a particular construction of frame adapted for supporting spools of different lengths, as well as an improved construction of spool for expanding and holding the coil of rope in the center of the reel while being used, and improved hangers for the wheels, whereby the latter may be arranged within the frame to accommodate the different sizes of coils now manufactured" (lines 14-23).
Date: March 29, 1881
Creator: Le Roy, Charles Jerome
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reel for Measuring Bagging, &c.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cloth-measuring machine. This design "consists in the peculiar arrangement of a spool or roller from which the stock is taken, a wheel upon which it is wound from the roller, a cutting board or table, and a measuring-wheel, whereby . . . handling, measuring, and cutting bagging, matting, carpets, and other goods . . . may be effected in a simple and convenient method" (lines 11-19).
Date: December 7, 1880
Creator: Le Roy, Charles Jerome
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Furnace.

Description: Patent for a simple, durable, and effective furnace that uses fuel economically and does not release smoke and gases besides out of the chimney. The furnace has a suction fan that draws the gases into the chimney.
Date: April 2, 1895
Creator: Wainright, Walter Wallace
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Draw-Bar for Locomotives.

Description: Patent for an improved draw-bar for locomotives that consists of a frame, a pilot and draw bar, a counterweight that moves vertically in the pilot, a coupler head with a knuckle and a toe and a guide arm, and a release mechanism for the locking device on the bar.
Date: January 9, 1894
Creator: Heidelberg, Samuel R.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oil Expressing Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved oil-expressing box. In this design, "the follower is adapted to fit the box, so as to obviate the need of any joint-closing device, and the face of the follower at its side edges is raised to better confine the bag in place, and at its center or central portion is channeled and provided with a false bottom to provide for the escape of the oil" (lines 24-31).
Date: June 23, 1885
Creator: Cathcart, Rodney S.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Label and Twine Cabinet.

Description: Patent for a label and twine cabinet which allows for quick removal of various kinds and quantities of labels, including illustrations.
Date: November 3, 1891
Creator: Haynes, Thomas M. & Gunning, William H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Portable Fences

Description: Patent for an improvement to portable fences so that they can be "easily and cheaply constructed in sections, and then quickly put together and firmly braced and supported." (lines 14-17) Illustration included.
Date: October 3, 1876
Creator: Martin, Josiah
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railroad-Rail Joint.

Description: Patent for a specialized railroad joint that has a "novel combination of a T-shaped splice rail" (lines 12-13) in combination with other parts, "connected with downwardly-curved truss-bolts passing through the vertical member of the splice-rail in such matter as to hold all of the parts firmly together..." (lines 19-23).
Date: March 16, 1897
Creator: Trammell, Jefferson D.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sash Balance.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sash balance. This design "furnish[es] a spring-tensioned sash-balance by which the top sash may be held in close contact with the top of the window-frame or adjusted at a lowered position without hoisting the bottom sash. [The] invention consists in certain peculiarities of construction and arrangement" (lines 9-15).
Date: January 3, 1882
Creator: Quick, John Albert
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hand Car.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hand car. This design consists in "[a] hand-car constructed with a frame-work . . . and provided with a propelling mechanism consisting of the bent pipe-lever in combination with the rocking lever, provided with the socket, the connecting-rod, driving wheel, and pinion" (lines 92-98).
Date: January 16, 1883
Creator: Johnson, Roberto H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton Harvester

Description: Patent for "new and useful improvements to cotton harvesters" (lines 5-6) with illustrations and instructions.
Date: July 6, 1883
Creator: Myers, John & Meyers, John Edward
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Draw Bar for Locomotives.

Description: Patent for a new and improved draw-bar for locomotives. This design consists, "with the frame of the locomotive and pilot mounted thereon, of the draw-bar connected to the frame, devices for locking and holding the draw-bar on the pilot, and a counter-weight for automatically elevating the draw-bar when released" (lines 97-102).
Date: August 16, 1892
Creator: Heidelberg, Samuel H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Measuring and Drawing Tool.

Description: Patent for an improved, simple, and durable measuring and drawing tool that is easily adjusted and used to find bevels, pitches, degrees, and lengths in framing roofs. It has other purposes as well. "The invention consists of a plate in the shape of an eighth of an octagon having four sides, and a straight edge pivoted on the side plate and indicating thereon" (lines 14-17).
Date: May 2, 1893
Creator: Allred, Lemuel O.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Distilling Wood.

Description: Patent for improvements in wood distillers "wherein the liquids of the woods are extracted by subjection in a closed heated chamber or retort and carried by vaporization through the process of distillation to condensation" (lines 18-22).
Date: December 24, 1889
Creator: Spangler, Samuel H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Marking-Tag.

Description: Patent for a marking-tag that is clamped around the edge of the merchandise that is being labeled. This tag is secure at its four corners "so as to obviate curling of the corners and to protect the ends of the fastener employed for securing the tag to the goods, whereby scratching of the hands and injurious contact of the points of the said fastener with the goods or merchandise are wholly obviated" (lines 12-18).
Date: March 24, 1896
Creator: Winkler, Charles
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department