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RG0869.AM:  Charles Curtis, 1836-1917



Patent letters:  1868, 1887

Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska:  Blacksmith

Size:  Two items



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Born in Sweden on May 10, 1836, Charles Curtis emigrated to the United States in 1863. He took up residence at Galesburg, Illinois, and soon married Mary Caroline Johnson. The family moved to Nebraska in 1880, settling on a farm near Minden. Curtis worked as a blacksmith most of his life. His wife died in 1884. Charles Curtis died on May 6, 1917, and was buried at the Bethany Cemetery at Axtell, Nebraska.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The collection consists of two original patent letters for Charles Curtis, who lived in Galesburg, Illinois, and Minden, Nebraska. An 1868 patent (#82,387) was for improvement on a combined seed sower and harrow; the other, 1887 (#361,210), was for a sulky plow. Both patents give designs/plans for the farm machinery. Joseph W. Gilman also received the sulky plow patent.



INVENTORY



Patent letters, 1868, 1887



 



Subject headings:



Agricultural machinery — Designs and plans

Curtis, Charles, 1836-1917

Farm equipment — Designs and plans

Gilman, Joseph W., 1843-1912

Harrows

Patents

Plows



 



Revised TMM      03-02-2016