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Oyster Creek Quadrangle: Texas-Brazoria Co.

Description: Topographic quadrangle map of a portion of Texas, including boundaries, water bodies, roads, and landmarks, showing Bastrop Beach, Bastrop Bayou, Austin Bayou, Little Slough, Big Slough, Bethel Ch., Hoskins Cem., Clute Road, Oyster Creek, Missouri Pacific, Hoskins Mound, Freeport Road, Mims, Square Island Lake, Stratton Ridge, Pharr, Salt Bayou, Salt Lake, Evergreen Ch., Round Lake, Chubb Lake, Stubblefield Lake, Shank Lake, Hudgens Cem., Slough Ridge, Dutch Lake, Essex Bayou, and Slop Bowl. Relief shown by contours and spot heights and includes a key, road classification, and quadrangle location diagrams. Scale 1:24,000
Date: 1959
Creator: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Jones Creek Quadrangle: Texas-Brazoria Co.

Description: Topographic quadrangle map of a portion of Texas, showing boundaries, water bodies, roads, and landmarks, including Clemens State Farm, Brazos River, Jones Creek, San Bernard River, Velasco, Freeport, McNeal Lake, Pelican Lake McNeal Bayou, Red Fish Bayou, Intracoastal Waterway, Bryan Mound, and the Gulf of Mexico. Relief shown by contours and spot heights and includes a key, road classification, and quadrangle location diagrams. Scale 1:24,000
Date: 1956
Creator: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Flour Sifter and Mixer.

Description: Patent for a "simply constructed" (line 11-12) flour sifter and mixer wherein the flour can be "thoroughly mixed without removal of the sifter" (line 12-13) including an illustration.
Date: July 15, 1913
Creator: Newcomer, Stella B. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oyster-Opener.

Description: Patent for an oyster opener that opens an oyster in a single operation of the device while simultaneously cutting the oyster from its shell.
Date: August 26, 1913
Creator: Schmidt, Heinrich Fritz
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Peach Point School in Brazoria County, Texas]

Description: Photograph (copy) of Peach Point School in Brazoria County, Texas. Group of students standing/sitting in front of an open doorway of an unpainted wooden building with a sign above doorway that reads: PEACH POINT SCHOOL NO. 1. GULF PRAIRIE DIST. 20. Trees in background to left of photo. White areas in top, right of photo. Scanned image and dimensions are of copy.
Date: unknown
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

Wheel.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wheel. This design "relates to improvements in that class of expanding wheels in which the hub is provided with an inclined abutment, on which the inclined ends of the spokes rest, the said spokes being clamped in position and adjusted on the abutment by clamping collars; and the invention consists in the peculiar construction and arrangement of parts" (lines 8-15).
Date: August 11, 1885
Creator: Mecham, George Wate
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Breakwater.

Description: Patent for a new and improved breakwater. This design "furnish[es] breakwaters for protecting harbors and roadsteads, and keeping open channels through bars at the entrances of harbors, the mouths of rivers, and in other places, and which shall not be liable to be destroyed by the marine worm" (lines 13-19).
Date: August 9, 1881
Creator: Follett, Alexander Glass
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Process of and Apparatus for Extracting Crystallized Sugar from Bagasse.

Description: Patent for a new and improved extractor of crystallized sugar from bagasse. This design "is to save a percentage of [the] loss in the [sugarcane] juice, and also to secure a part, if not all, of the crystallized sugar from the refuse or bagasse or from any other plant producing saccharine matter. To that end [the invention] subject[s] the bagasse to a process which extracts the remaining juice and the crystallized-sugar by suction and atmospheric pressure" (lines 13-21).
Date: February 19, 1884
Creator: Yale, Thomas Blossom
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Device for Distributing Insect Powder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bug sprayer. This design consists in "the combination of the body of the bellows and the perforate wall or sieve arranged longitudinally therein, dividing the bellows into two compartments, with a nozzle or an air-outlet communicating with one compartment, whereby material placed in the other compartment on the opposite side of the sieve is agitated by the operation of the bellows and delivered to the air-blast in a comminuted state" (lines 25-35).
Date: December 24, 1889
Creator: Hogarth, William H. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electro Medical Belt.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electro-medical belt. This design "consists in a belt or support constructed of multiple-ply electro-conductive belting, which [the design] make[s] by inserting a conductor or conductors between the folds of a multiple-ply band with suitable contact-points at the surface, a sling supported by and movable on the belt for carrying the electric generator, also constructed of the electro-conductive belting, and having detachable connectors between its contact points and those of the belt-contact plates, consisting of disks or plates provided with tongues" (lines 18-29).
Date: April 1, 1890
Creator: Shelton, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electro-Medical Belt

Description: Patent for "a suitable belt or other support carrying movable contact-plates, a galvanic battery, an induction-coil, connections between the battery and coil, and conductors connecting the secondary wire of the coil to the contact-plates through which the shock is to be conveyed, the contact-plates being provided with suitable binding-screws or other connectors, and also having suitable flaps or insulators for covering them when not in use" (lines 21-31).
Date: June 18, 1889
Creator: Shelton, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Support for Wire Fences.

Description: Patent for improvements to supports for wire fences, so that wooden posts and other supplemental devices are not necessary. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 1, 1891
Creator: Weeks, Frank B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Life-Boat.

Description: Patent for an improved life boat that "consists principally of a central closed hull equipped with propelling machinery, and floats extending on the sides of the said hull and rigidly secured thereto, to support the hull in position." (Lines 12-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 1, 1896
Creator: James, William F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Canal or Ditch Digging Machine.

Description: Patent for a canal or ditch digging machine that has a carriage and a mechanism that draws the carriage across the ground, and a boring-tool beneath the carriage. The boring-tool can bore at an adjustable angle.
Date: August 20, 1895
Creator: Hoefs, Otto
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Stretching and Splicing Tool.

Description: Patent for a wire stretching and splicing tool used when repairing barbed wire and other wire fences. It connects the ends of broken wires by bringing them together and twisting them. It has a wire gripping device, an adjustable end that corresponds to the wire gripper, a way to separate the above listed parts and bring them back together again, and a clamping device.
Date: April 30, 1895
Creator: Bauve, Odelon Joseph la
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pump-Strainer.

Description: Patent for a pump-strainer that cleans and separates water or other liquid that is drawn from wells or reservoirs.
Date: May 28, 1895
Creator: Durant, George W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oar Lock Attachment.

Description: Patent for an oar-lock attachment that allows the oar to be removed but not easily disconnected, using a hook on the oar with a spring plate and an eye on the boat gunwale, with illustrations.
Date: December 20, 1892
Creator: Livingston, Joseph R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Soldering-Irons

Description: Patent for a new and improved soldering iron, which only gives off so much heat from one end and not the other. This patent of the soldering iron a safer tool to work with.
Date: March 21, 1877
Creator: Stevens, Hennell
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department