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Improvement in Fence-Building Machines.

Description: Patent for "a portable machine comprising a pile-driving apparatus, with a portable attachment for making the holes and driving in the posts; also, a boring attachment for deep holes, and also wire-drums for carrying and delivering wires for the wire fence or telegraph wires." (Lines 6-12) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 16, 1876
Creator: Tally, Thomas J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Double-Bitted Drills.

Description: Patent for "an easy mode of straightening wells while drilling them through rock or earth, and also for enlarging the same into a cistern when it is desired to keep on hand a large supply of water." (Lines 8-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 30, 1876
Creator: Yarbrough, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Clod-Crushers.

Description: Patent for a land-drag and clod-crusher that will effectually crush the clods, level the land, and pack the soil, at one and the same operation.
Date: May 16, 1876
Creator: Crockett, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Portable Derricks.

Description: Patent for improvement in portable derricks by using an “adjustable crane mounted on a truck-platform, having an overhead frame for the support of the upper end of the crane-post, and braces for staying the frame, so that the crane can be turned around to overhang the sides.” (Lines 6-11) Illustration is included.
Date: May 16, 1876
Creator: Reams, Shirwood Y.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Chairs.

Description: Patent for improvement in chairs, which provides adjustable shoulder supports and back (inclination and height), with intended advantages of better lung capacity and spinal alignment. The chair can be adjusted to fit all sizes of bodies. It is noted that some of the adjustable features could be incorporated into other furnishings such as beds or lounges. An additional feature of the chair is a retracting spring to assist the user in exiting the chair.
Date: May 9, 1876
Creator: Barnes, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Letter from Bettie Franklin and Matilda Dodd to Mary Moore, May 22, 1876]

Description: A letter to Mary Moore from her sister, Bettie Franklin, and her mother, Matilda Dodd. In the letter, Franklin and Dodd discuss the state of the family and of the farm and animals. Franklin informs Moore that there have been many deaths in town, including Mallie Donnell, Mrs. Holder, and Tom Berry's wife. Franklin and Dodd both ask Moore to visit soon. Franklin closes by sending her regards to Moore's husband, Charles B. Moore. Included with this item is the envelope in which the letter was ma… more
Date: May 22, 1876
Creator: Franklin, Bettie & Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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