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Potter County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Potter County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, blocks of land, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:190,476] (5000 varas to 7/8 of an inch).
Date: 1909
Creator: McDonald, H. F. & Terrell, O. O.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Churning-Machine.

Description: Patent for improvements in churning machines so that they "may be used in connection with containers of different sizes" (lines 14-15).
Date: April 7, 1914
Creator: Crume, John J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Street-Indicator for Cars

Description: Patent for a device that allows passengers to press a button that tells the driver at which streets to stop.
Date: February 10, 1914
Creator: Hamilton, Burnett & Timmons, Cyrus C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Elisha Demerson, June 11, 2016

Description: Elisha Demerson was born and raised in Amarillo. Elisha Demerson and his twin brother both received appointments to West Point, but returned to Amarillo after two years to be near their ill mother. Elisha Demerson first worked at Pantex as a yard worker but entered West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) where he gained a bachelors then a masters in engineering. He has his own congregation as a minister. In addition, Elisha Demerson became the first African American Potter County Commissioner, the first African American county judge in Texas in the late 1980s, and the first African American City Council Member.
Date: June 11, 2016
Creator: Demerson, Elisha; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Lilia Escajeda, July 6, 2016

Description: Lilia Escajeda was born in El Paso, Texas. She grew up between El Paso, Van Horn, and Amarillo; and she remembers going to segregated schools in Van Horn. She settled in Amarillo as an adult after her husband died, and she eventually became the first female loan-officer for any bank in Amarillo, at the Amarillo National Bank. She joined various community organizations, boards, and became both the first Mexican American women Amarillo College board member and City Commissioner (later City Council Member).
Date: July 6, 2016
Creator: Escajeda, Lilia; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jewelle Allen, June 8, 2016

Description: Jewell Allen was born and raised in Georgetown. She graduated valedictorian from her high school and obtained a scholarship to attend Prairie View A&M University. She transferred to Huston–Tillotson University in Austin, where she met her husband, and graduated with a BA in English. She and her husband moved to Amarillo after he was recruited as a coach. She coached girls' basketball and taught English in Amarillo and was involved with Greek Letter organizations as well as the NAACP.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Allen, Jewelle & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Abel Bosquez, June 8, 2016

Description: Basquez was raised in the Panhandle and joined the Marines as a young man. Upon returning, the settled in Amarillo and eventually obtained a job at Pantex. At Pantex, he became invovled with Union organizating and evetnually became an organizer lobbying in Washington DC. From there, he began joining other ogranizations such as LULAC to raise scolarship money as well as to promote voter regestration. He ran for State Representative in Amarillo three times.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Bosquez, Abel; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Ditching-Machine

Description: Patent for "a machine for digging ditches or trenches of any desired depth or width, for purposes of irrigation or drainage or pipe-laying, or for building earth fences on lands, or throwing up fortifications, or for making other excavations of like general nature" (lines 7-13).
Date: December 18, 1888
Creator: Edwards, Charles Clark
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for "improvements in car couplings and it has for its general object to provide a coupling embodying such a constructions that two cars may be connected together or disconnected without the objectionable necessity of a trainman going between them." (Lines 11-17) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 6, 1894
Creator: Tunnell, John D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a car coupling that consists of a draw head with two separable jaws, a hand wheel mounted on the car, pitmen connected to the wheel and the jaws, springs pressing the jaws together, and a shaft that has a crank arm.
Date: November 7, 1893
Creator: Cassidy, William A. & McGee, Thomas F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Clevis.

Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive, and improved clevis that can be easily manufactured and employed to a draft-beam. It can be used without a lapring in order to connect to a singletree. The singletree can have its "staple or eye...disposed in a plane with the said singletree" (lines 16-17).
Date: January 30, 1894
Creator: Word, Aaron Matthias
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stock Tank

Description: Patent for an improved water tank for livestock, connecting an elevated reservoir to a trough at ground level.
Date: August 19, 1902
Creator: Wright, Wayne C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Valve Setting Machine

Description: Patent for a valve setting machine. This invention is a machine for "revolving the main driving wheel of a locomotive to set the valves (11-12). Illustration included.
Date: August 4, 1908
Creator: Wyllie, Robert E. & Twohig, John D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sand Screen

Description: Patent for a sand screen. This invention is for sifting and screening sand. Illustration included.
Date: October 25, 1910
Creator: Tress, Paul G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Door-Hanger

Description: Patent for a door hanger for sliding doors to prevent them from swinging outward.
Date: January 28, 1913
Creator: Matheson, John William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department