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Monument Marking the Site of Isaac Parker's Home

Description: Isaac Parker (April 7, 1793 – April 14, 1883) is the son of John and Sarah Parker. He served under Andrew Jackson in the Creek Wars. He served in Captain Elisha Clapp's Company in 1836 and in 1841 participated in the Village Creek fight with the Indians in Tarrant County. He helped bury John B. Denton, who was killed in the fight. Isaac was a member of the Texas House from 1838-1841. He introduced the legislation creating Parker County. Senator Jefferson Weatherford introduced the bill in the Senate. Parker moved to Parker County in 1872 and settled on a farm eight miles northeast of Weatherford. He died there on April 14, 1883. The monument says: "Pioneer, soldier, and law maker. Born April 7, 1793 in Elbert County, Georgia. Came to Texas in 1833. Served in Elisha Clapp's Company in 1836. Member of Congress of the Republic of Texas 1839 - 1845; of the Constitutional Convention in 1845. State Senator. Died April 14, 1883, in Parker County."
Date: unknown
Creator: Jon Vandagriff
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Tarrant County College NE, Heritage Room

Canopy-Frame.

Description: Patent for "a simple, compact and efficient extensible frame adapted to be supported for use either in connection with a bedstead or door and window openings, &c" (lines 9-13). It is constructed to be arranged in multiple positions and "to support the fabric of the canopy in the desired position without risk of tearing or otherwise injuring the same" (lines 15-18).
Date: May 2, 1899
Creator: Baggett, Charles Bennett
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refrigerator.

Description: Patent for a new and useful refrigerator, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 2, 1900
Creator: Lewis, Rowland E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of John and Lillian Langdon]

Description: Full-length portrait of John and Lillian Langdon. Lillian Langdon, sitting, wears a light-colored checkered dress with a matching jacket and a pearl necklace. John Landon, standing to the right of his sister, wears a dark jacket and knee-length shorts with dark tights and button-up boots. A hand written note on the back reads, "John Langdon & sister Lillian (Lillie). He was born 1887, about 4 yrs. old here, I suppose."
Date: 1891
Creator: Whittaker & Kennedy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Bicycle Attachment.

Description: Patent for a bicycle attachment that supports the frame and can be used as a "carrier or support for a child, package, a satchel, &c." (Lines 12-13) Illustrations included.
Date: May 1, 1900
Creator: Flinn, William M.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Churn-Motor.

Description: Patent for improving crank-lever churn motors for a more simple construction that results in a more lightweight but strong machine.
Date: December 11, 1900
Creator: Crawford, William H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wireworking-Tool.

Description: Patent for improvements to wireworking tools which are "especially designed for twisting the opposite ends of a tie-wire to a runner-wire of a fence and also for twisting the intermediate portion of the tie-wire, so as to tighten the embrace of the latter upon the fence-post. It is furthermore designed to provide means for supporting or bracing the tool upon the post during the twisting operation thereof, and, finally, to arrange the handle of the tool so as to provide a convenient and effective wire-cutter." (Lines 10-21) Illustrations are included.
Date: February 12, 1901
Creator: Tate, Newton J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vibrating Churn.

Description: Patent for improvements in vibrating churns in which the dasher is given a rapid rotary vibrating movement and with but very little exertion to the operator. (Lines 30-32) Illustration is included.
Date: June 23, 1891
Creator: Miller, Luther Alison
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements to washing machines that allow the water to be heated to any temperature. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 22, 1891
Creator: Eddleman, Dudley E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Running-Gears.

Description: Patent for running-gear on carriages that "consists mainly in improvements in the connections of the axles with the springs, perch, and other parts" (para. 5), with illustrations.
Date: February 1, 1876
Creator: Gilmore, George W.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Feed Water Heater.

Description: Patent for a new and improved feed water heater. This design "provide[s] a system of levers and a float which will automatically regulate the feed or supply of water to such heaters and lime-extractors . . . and further, that by securing a uniform supply of water the steam acts more equally upon the water, and thus secures a more uniform deposit of the lime" (lines 22-33). This allows for fewer accidents and less damage to the engine.
Date: August 10, 1880
Creator: Annear, John Henry
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electric Motor.

Description: Patent for a new and improved electric motor. This design "consists, essentially, in such combination of an automatic circuit-breaker with a bar of soft iron secured centrally on a shaft journaled in bearings secured to the motor frame and rotating within a coil or helix that the rotation of said bar will continuously make and break the circuit, and that the action of the circuit-breaker will cause the continuous rotation of the bar" (lines 17-26).
Date: June 22, 1886
Creator: Emley, James E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for a useful washing machine by providing “a device which will thoroughly cleanse the clothes with a minimum of labor and in which the heavier particles of dirt from the pieces washed will be separated from the main washing-chamber and thus kept out of contact with the clothes.” (Lines 10-15) Illustration is included.
Date: May 26, 1891
Creator: Hutcheson, Casey E. & Hutcheson, Franklin L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Basket.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wire basket. This design "consists in a certain combination, arrangement, and connection of a series of wires, whereby great strength is attained, the same including upper and lower hoop wires, upright or straight wires arranged to connect said hoops and wire frame bottom, and reversely-arranged diagonal wires or braces also connecting the top and bottom hoops, and twisted or wrapped around the upright wires intermediately of their length" (lines 13-22).
Date: October 16, 1883
Creator: Moore, William J.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Washing-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements in washing machines, with instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 26, 1891
Creator: Turpen, George Sidney
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Well Bucket.

Description: Patent for a new and improved well-bucket. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the well-bucket, having the rabbeted opening in its bottom, and provided with the apertured cross-bars of the valve-rod passing through the apertures in said cross-bars and the opening in the bottom of the bucket, and the valve secured to the lower end of said rod" (lines 56-62).
Date: June 10, 1884
Creator: Foat, Robert H.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Snuff-Box.

Description: Patent for a snuff box "in which the snuff may be conveniently packed for shipment and sale; and which is also adapted to carry the brush so that it is kept out of contact with the snuff and with the clothing, and to provide means for ejecting the brush handle when the box is open so that it may be conveniently grasped and used" (lines 20-27).
Date: May 30, 1893
Creator: Powell, Charles L.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for "a plow of simple and cheap construction and the arrangement of whose parts will permit of a ready adjustment of the handles, both as to height and point of pressure, and also a ready adjustment of the plow-standard, whereby the plow as a whole is adapted for large and small horses" (lines 10-17), with illustrations.
Date: December 6, 1892
Creator: Richmond, Stirling P.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

File Case.

Description: Patent for a new and improved file case. This design "[t]he combination, with a case, of the pockets constructed in a series of a single piece of material having partitions formed by long folds connected at the bottom by short folds . . . [and t]he combination, with the folded pockets, of the file case having its sides constructed to overlap a part of the ends of the pockets, and an elastic follower with thumb-pieces arranged to bind with the sides of the case by straightening" (lines 9-24).
Date: July 31, 1888
Creator: Altfather, William F.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot Upper.

Description: Patent for a new and improved boot upper. This design "relates to improvements in boots for use by lumbermen, laborers, miners, and others requiring a stout heavy boot capable of withstanding great strain, water-tight, and durable" (lines 7-11). It "consist[s] of a front and rear section, each of said sections being made in one piece and the edges of the rear section doubled over upon themselves and having their edges secured to the edges of the front section by edge stitches passing through said edges of the front section and said edges of the doubled edges of the rear section" (lines 74-81).
Date: July 12, 1892
Creator: Baker, Oscar
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rein Holder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved rein-holder. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a base-plate and spaced posts upon one face of the said plate grooved on their adjacent sides, of a spring-actuated lever provided with a cylindrical surface at one end and a flange projecting from the outer face beyond said surface, the opposite extremity of the lever being curved to form, essentially, a hook, the cylindrical surface being adapted for engagement with one post and the hook extremity with the other post" (lines 71-81).
Date: June 4, 1889
Creator: Turman, William F.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Trace Attachment.

Description: Patent for a new and improved trace attachment. This design "relates to an improvement in couplings for tug-straps, and has for its object to provide a simple, economical, and durable device, capable of convenient manipulation, and whereby the tug-strap may be expeditiously attached to the cockeye of the whiffletree or detached therefrom" (lines 8-14).
Date: November 26, 1889
Creator: Turman, William F.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Recutting Files.

Description: Patent for a new and improved file re-cutter. This design consists "[i]n an apparatus for recutting files by electro-chemical action, the dialectric plates and the carbon plates having their upper ends attached to said non-conducting plates, whereby the files to be recut are disposed between the carbon plates when in the solution" (lines 76-82).
Date: April 5, 1887
Creator: Emley, James E.
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Folding Coup

Description: Patent for "a folding coop or crate, which may be readily folded into a compact form for transportation or storage when empty, and which may be conveniently adjusted to open position for use and secured in such position when so desired" (lines 7-12).
Date: February 7, 1888
Creator: Tate, William Elbert
Item Type: Patent
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department