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  1853 Tylersville (Unknown county) Brown, George George Brown (Tylersville, Illinois) patents a series of innovative planter patents starting in 1853, and into the 1860s : Furrows that open with edged runners; corn 'precisely placed under the control of an operator; and a closing wheel that covers seeds automatically and in check to allow for cultivating in both directions. Brown's is the first successful horse-drawn, two-row pull-type planter, with manual stick-type metering. (A hand lever and seat on the front part of the machine allow a second operator to mechanically drop the seed.) In 1858, Brown improves his planter by adding a shoe or furrow opener to break open the ground for the seed; he further improves it in 1860 by curving the shoes to better open the furrow. Kinze History of Planting  

Adams County, Illinois 

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Location

Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320855 June 23, 1885 Pullman Decker, Cornelius and Trombly, Alexander Car-Axle  
    Quincy Fisk, James Wire-Fence Machine  
Patent No. 321359 June 30, 1885 Quincy Harrop, Joseph M. and Ash, Joseph Fence-Making Machine  
    Quincy Stahl, G. H. machine for loading cartridges  
Patent No. 320703 and 320704 June 23, 1885 Quincy Schmitt, Phillip L. and Peerless Oil Ejector Company Lubricator  
Patent No. 315738   Quincy Cooper, William H.

Flue-Cleaner for Steam-Boiler  

 
Patent
320538
 
 June 23, 1885 Quincy Hanna, Robert W. and Cabell, Milton S. Steam Machinery Lubricator  
Patent No. 320854 June 23, 1885 Quincy Curtis, Charles R. S. Fire-Escape and Elevator  

Bureau County, Illinois

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Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #48847 circa 1st used 9/15/1903 Princeton Cusic, Marshall M. Hairilla (removal of superfluous hair)  

Champaign County, Illinois

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Patent No. 320983 June 30, 1885 Sidney Temple, Winfield Scott Car-Coupling  

Christian County, Illinois

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Patent No. 321735 July 7, 1885 Grove City Lindsly, James Melvern Nut-Lock  
Patent No. 320153  June 16, 1885 Millersville Miller, Sylvester J. Portable stacking-frame  
Trademark Reg. #73834 1908 Taylorville E-Z Opener Bag Company Marvel paper bags  

Cook County, Illinois

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Inventor(s) Invention  
  1883 Chicago Mayer, Oscar F.; Mayer, Gottfried; Mayer, Max Oscar F. Mayer and his brothers Gottfried and Max started a meat market in Chicago. By 1906, Oscar Mayer® is one of the first meatpackers to obtain the Federal Meat Inspection stamp of approval. Business had become so good that, instead of hand-carrying large orders to customers' homes in the neighborhood (as most meat markets customarily did), the Mayer's made their deliveries by horse-drawn wagons to all of Chicago - and its suburbs. In 1904, when some of the largest packing houses were still selling their own meats anonymously, the Mayer's took the bold step of affixing a brand name to their products. In 1924, it introduced packaged sliced bacon, for which it received a U.S. patent. And in 1929 (a year after Oscar F. Mayer was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors and his son, Oscar G. Mayer, named company President), Oscar Mayer & Co. began wrapping its wieners with a yellow paper band. This made OSCAR MAYER® Wieners recognizable at a time when most wieners were sold in bulk, without any packaging, from a display box. The yellow band was applied by hand, and bore the company name and U.S. government inspection stamp. In 1936, "Little Oscar and the WIENERMOBILE" started the advertising campaign for Oscar Mayer & Co. In 1963, the famous "wiener jingle" first appeared in Oscar Mayer commercials. General Foods Corp. bought Oscar Mayer & Co. in 1981.  
  1919 Chicago   eggbeater made in Chicago  
Patent No. 320644 June 23, 1885 Chicago Fillmann, Emil Molding manufacturing for less  
Patent No. 320622 June 23, 1885 Chicago (Cook County)added 1/05/07 Brown, Aaron L. Temporary Binder  
  1910 Chicago Sirrine, Earnest Automatic Traffic System - Earnest Sirrine of Chicago, Illinois patented (976,939) perhaps the first automatic street traffic system in 1910. Sirrine's system used the non-illuminated words "stop" and "proceed".  
Patent No. 315707  April 14, 1885  Chicago Briggs, Orlando P. Machine for Uncoiling Wire  
Patent No. 315715  April 14, 1885 Chicago Bush, Lewis, Jr. Saw-Sharpening Machine  
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May 25, 1943 Chicago Bradberry, Henrietta Mahim Bed Rack - Henrietta Mahim Bradberry of Chicago, Illinois patented a bed rack, which was an attachment to the bed that permitted air to pass through and refreshen worn clothes. Device operated pneumatically and was adapted to discharge torpedoes under the water surface. May 25, 1943 - [Source: African American Women Inventors]  
Patent No. 320457  June 23, 1885 Chicago Byrne, Joseph Bottle-Stopper  
  1888 Chicago Wright, William Chicago - Calumet Baking Soda - In 1888 at age thirty-seven, salesman William Wright took his life savings of $3,500 and plunged it into developing his own baking soda. After much experimentation to differentiate his product from others, Wright tried adding egg white to the formula. It worked. By the next year, the production and sale of Calumet Baking Powder was a six-man operation....The company incorporated in Illinois in 1892  
Patent No. 320357  June 16, 1885 Chicago Crosby, William F. and Huber, Jacob (of Ohio) Wrench  
  1831 Chicago McCormick, Cyrus Cyrus McCormick of Virginia was responsible for liberating farm workers from hours of back-breaking labor by introducing the farmers to his newly invented mechanical reaper in July, 1831. By 1847, Cyrus McCormick began the mass manufacture of his reaper in a Chicago factory, founding what eventually became the International Harvester Company. He is known as the "Father of Modern Agriculture"  
Patent No. 318946  June 2, 1885 Chicago Bowbin, John and Croker, Michael H. Device for Removing Window-Sash From Frames   
Patent No. 318952  June 2, 1885 Chicago Bush, Jr., Lewis Bush, Jr., Lewis and American Machinery Company  Tool for Dressing Emery-Wheels   
Patent No. 320338  June 16, 1886 Chicago Dawson, William G. Device for Converting Reciprocating Into Rotary Motion  
Patent No. 321348 June 30, 1885 Chicago Dunshee, Carlos E. Lumber-Piler  
Patent No. 320241   June 16, 1886 Chicago Durkee, George B. and Golding, John F. Machine for Making Slashed Metallic Screening  
Patent No. 320242  June 16, 1885 Chicago Durkee, George B. and Golding, John F. Process of Making Slashed Metallic Screening  
  1910 Chicago Bendix, Vincent Electric Starter - In 1910, Vincent Bendix patented the Bendix drive for electric starters, an improvement to the hand cranked starters of the time. The first automobile to use the Bendix starter drive was the 1914 Chevrolet "Baby Grand". The Bendix starter became a standard in all cars produced in the United States.  
  1869 Chicago Gray, Elisha Chicago - Elisha Gray invented a number of telegraphic devices and in 1869 was one of two partners who founded what became Western Electric Company. Here's an extract from Elisha Gray's Patent Caveat filed on February 14, 1876: To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, Elisha Gray, of Chicago, in the County of Cook, and State of Illinois, have invented a new art of transmitting vocal sounds telegraphically, of which the following is a specification: It is the object of my invention to transmit the tones of the human voice through a telegraphic circuit, and reproduce them at the receiving end of the line, so that actual conversations can be carried on by persons at long distances apart. ...... On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone patent application was filed at the United States Patent Office; Elisha Gray's attorney filed a caveat for a telephone just a few hours later. Bell was awarded the patent. When Bell first transmitted the sound of a human voice over a wire, he used a liquid transmitter of the microphone type previously developed by Gray which was unlike any described in Bell's patent applications to that date, and an electromagnetic metal-diaphragm receiver of the kind built and publicly used by Gray several months earlier.  
Patent No. 318973  June 2, 1885 Chicago Fentno, John H. Animal-Guard  
Patent No. 322177 1885 Chicago Goode, Sarah E. Folding Cabinet Bed - Sarah E. Goode was the first African American women to receive a U.S. patent, #322,177, which was issued on July 14, 1885. She was a business woman and inventor. Goode invented the folding cabinet bed, a space-saver that folded up against the wall into a cabinet. When folded up, it could be used as a desk, complete with compartments for stationery and writing supplies. Goode owned a furniture store in Chicago, Illinois, and invented the bed for people living in small apartments. Goode's patent was the first one obtained by an African-American woman inventor (patent #322,177, approved on July 14, 1885) [Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/1800b.shtml]  
  1925 Chicago Hall, Lloyd Augustus Food Preservation Processes - 1925 - An industrial food chemist, Lloyd Augustus Hall revolutionized the meatpacking industry with his development of curing salts for the processing and reserving of meats. He developed a technique of "flash-driving" (evaporating) and a technique of sterilization with ethylene oxide which is still used by medical professionals today. Born in Elgin, Illinois on June 20, 1894, and raised in Aurora, Illinois,. Hall invented new ways to preserve food. In 1925, Hall was the chief chemist and director of research at Griffith Laboratories and it was there that Hall invented his processes for preserving meat using sodium chloride and nitrate and nitrite crystals..... Hall also pioneered the use of antioxidants [Source: Read more here: http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/hall2.html]  
Patent No. 320126  June 16, 1885 Chicago Gates, Ryerson D. Pulverizing Machine  
Patent No. 320127  June 16, 1885 Chicago Giles, Charles K. Dust-Proof Case for Watches  
Patent No. 320905 June 30, 1885 Chicago Alsip, Frank and Drake, Chester T. Clay-Crushing Machine  
Patent No. 320911 June 30, 1885 Chicago Cadwell, Lydia J. Apparatus for Treating the Products of Rendering-Tanks  
Patent No. 320240  June 16, 1885 Chicago Golden, John F. Process of Making Metallic Screening Material  
Patent No. 320241  June 16, 1885 Chicago Golding, John F. and Durkee, George B. Machine for Making Slashed Metallic Screening  
Patent No. 320242   Chicago Golding, John F. and Durkee, George B. Process of Making Slashed Metallic Screening  
Patent No. 318982   Chicago Gross, Henry Permutation-Lock   
Patent No. 320355   Chicago Haggett, George W. (with Cook, John A. of Englewood, Ill.) Tag-Holder for Railroad-Cars  
Patent No. 318988   Chicago   Hubka, Frank and Hubka, Anton  Window-Screen   
  1885 Chicago Jenney, William LeBaron Chicago - In 1885 - The first skyscraper is constructed in Chicago William LeBaron Jenney, architect, engineer, teacher, and landscape and urban designer, is credited with the invention of the steel frame building, making possible the skyscraper - the Home Insurance Building in Chicago. It was completed in 1885, was 138 feet high, and 10 stories tall and was the first tall building to be supported by a metal skeleton of vertical columns and horizontal beams. It was demolished in 1931.  
  1893 Chicago   Issued by Postmaster General John Wanamaker in 1893. The controversial first commemorative stamps were the Columbian Exposition Issue. issued to commemorate the World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 1 to October 30, 1893. The stamps celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. [Read more: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blmailus7.htm]  
  1914 Omaha, Nebraska (later moved to Chicago)   Kool-Aid - The powdered drink Kool-Aid was invented in 1927 by the chemist Edwin Perkins of Nebraska Omaha. Perkins started a company in 1914 that sold perfume and calling cards; it was called the Perkins Products Company. Originally located in Hendley, Nebraska, they moved to Hastings, Nebraska (about 90 miles west of Lincoln) in 1920, and expanded their product line to include spices, medicines, more toilet preparations, and other household items. Kool-Aid was originally a liquid called "Fruit Smack," and was sold in a 4-ounce bottles. It was later renamed Kool-Ade (and later, Kool-Aid), and sold in powdered form in packets. The seven original Kool-Aid flavors were: Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Orange, Root Beer, Strawberry, and Raspberry. The Kool-Aid factory later moved to Chicago, Illinois, and was bought by General Foods Corporation in 1953.[source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/1900a.shtml]  
Patent No. 320483   Chicago Lindle, Joseph Combined water cooler and filter  
Patent No. 320484   Chicago Lindle, Joseph Water-Cooler and Refrigerator  
Patent No. 320567   Chicago Lord, Andrew H.; Hitchcock, Charles H.; Cooper, John A Tile-Setting  
  1903 Chicago Kraft, J. L. Mass-production of Cheese - In 1903, J.L. Kraft started a wholesale cheese business in Chicago. By 1914, J.L. Kraft & Bros. Co. opened their first cheese factory in Stockton, Illinois, within a year they begin producing process cheese in tins.  
Patent No. 320570  June 23, 1885 Chicago Marcus, Joseph Windmill  
Patent No. 319005   Chicago Mehring, George  Fuel-Magazine for Steam-Generators   
  1930 Chicago   Outdoor Games Company - Pinball - - ? - - In 1930 -  
Patent No. 320390   Chicago Pedersen, Sigward and Sernendinger, Thomas (of Pennsylvania) Safety Device for Railway-Cars  
Patent No. 320587 June 23, 1885 Chicago Rathknecht, Victor Nursery Chair and Carriage  
Patent No. 321055 June 30, 1885 Chicago Robinson, William Sash-Fastener  
Patent No. 321057 June 30, 1885 Chicago Scribner, Charles E. (Assignor to the Western Electric Company) Multiple Switch-Board System  
Patent No. 321062 June 30, 1885 Chicago Tideman, Sven (assignor to Edmund D. Barry of Grand Rapids MI) Mechanical Movement  
  1928 Chicago Joyner, Marjorie Permanent Wave Machine - Marjorie Joyner was granted a patent for a permanent wave machine which could wave the hair of both white and African-American people. November 27,1928 Patent #1,693,515 [Source: "African American Women Inventors"]  
Patent No. 320312   Chicago Thayer, John C. Attachment for Lubricators  
Patent No. 966677 1908 Chicago Fisher, Alva J. The first electric-powered washing machine (the Thor) was introduced in 1908, by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois. Alva J. Fisher was the inventor. The machine was a drum type with a galvanized tub and an electric motor, for which a patent was issued on Aug. 9, 1910 (US patent #966677 - see patent drawing HERE). [Interesting history of washing machines at http://www.borax.com/pioneer26.html]  
Patent No. 320195   Chicago Valk, Henry Window-Sash  
Patent No. 320515   Chicago Van DePoele, charles J. Electro-Magnetic Reciprocating Engine  
  1893 Chicago Judson, Whitcomb L. Whitcomb L. Judson, a Chicago inventor with dozens of patents, invented the a metal zipper device with locking teeth in 1890. Judson patented his "clasp-locker'' On August 29, 1893, Judson received a patent for his "clasp-locker," a somewhat reliable hook and eye fastener. Later in 1893, he exhibited this new invention at the Chicago World's Fair. He never succeeded in marketing his new device. The zipper was improved by the Swedish-American engineer, Gideon Sundbach, and was named by the B.F. Goodrich company in 1923. Judson died in 1909, before his device became commonly used and well known. [Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/1800b.shtml]  
Patent No. 319047   Chicago Adcock, Edmund Fire Extension-Ladder  
Patent No. 320567 June 23, 1885 Chicago Lord, Andrew  assignor to Hithcock, Charles H and Cooper, John A. Tile-Setting tool  
Patent No. 321025 June 30, 1885 Chicago Hayes, Martin P. (and one half to Joseph M. Duncan of Warsaw, New York) Evaporating Apparatus for Brine, etc.  
Patent No. 319030   Chicago Ross, George P. Glove Fastener  
  1893 Chicago Wrigley, William, Jr. Wrigley Juicy Fruit Gum - 1893 - Wrigley Juicy Fruit and Spearmint brands introduced. In 1914, Wrigley Doublemint brand was created. William Wrigley, Jr. and Henry Fleer were responsible for adding the popular mint and fruit extracts to a chicle chewing gum.  
Trademark Reg. #11408 circa June 16, 1884 Chicago Senour Manufacturing Company Monarch Mixed Paint  
Patent No. 320743 June 23, 1885 Chicago Ames, Albert C. Traction-Engine  
Trademark Reg. #12857 circa December 15, 1885 Chicago N. K. Fairbank & Company Fairy Soap  
Trademark Reg. #20175 circa July 30, 1891 Chicago   Nelson Morris & Co Matchless Brand Extra Sugar Cured Hams (became Armour)  
Patent No. 320685 June 23, 1885 Chicago Porter, Henry B. Electric Bell  
Patent No. 320618 June 23, 1885 Chicago Boyle, David Apparatus for Attemperating or Cooling Beer  
Patent No. 320789 June 23, 1885 Chicago Housley, Daniel W. Spring-Hinge  
Patent No. 320676 June 23, 1885 Chicago Ott, William Sofa-Bed  
Patent No. 320833 June 23, 1885 Chicago Anderson, Edward Automatic Cradle-Rocker  
Patent No. 320921 June 30, 1885 Chicago Tubman, William and Schumacher, William Compound for Insulating Electric Wires  
Patent No. 320837 June 23, 1885 Chicago Boyington, Levi C. Folding Bed  
Patent No. 320838 June 23, 1885 Chicago Brainard, Adelbert M. Generator for Hydrocarbon-Vapor Burners  
Patent No. 320515 June 23, 1885 Chicago Van DePoele, Charles J. Electro-Magnetic Reciproacting Engine  
Patent No. 321363 June 30, 1885 Chicago Hurlbut, Daniel N. Means for Driving Electrical Conductors into Conduits  
Patent No. 321390 June 30, 1885 Chicago Scribner, Charles E. Duplicate Switch-Board System for Telephones  (Patented in England Nov. 29, 1879, and France Jan. 18, 1880 and in Belgium January 18, 1888)  
Patent No. 321420 July 7, 1885 Chicago Culver, Arthur T. and Parkhurst, Josiah J. Horseshoe-bar  
Patent No. 321427 July 7, 1885 Chicago Elmes, Charles F. Rolling-Mill  
Patent No. 321518 July 7, 1885 Chicago Moore, Edwards Y. Sliding-Door Fixture  
Patent No. 321529 July 7, 1885 Chicago Rate, Edward F. Husking-Glove  
Patent No. 321533 July 7, 1885 Chicago Richardson, George W and Shepard, Jason H. and Tawler, Willard A. Dumping-Wagon Bottom  
Patent No. 321546 July 7, 1885 Chicago Steck, Ernst  - The Fire Extinguisher Manufacturing Company Vehicle-Brake  
Patent No. 321553 July 7, 1885 Chicago Warner, James C. - Western Electric Company Spring-Jack Switch  
Patent No. 321615 July 7, 1885 Chicago Letter, George Albert Socket for Twist-Drills  
Patent No. 321728 July 7, 1885 Chicago Jamieson, George Safety-Guard and Work-Holder for Edge-Molding Machines  
Patent No. 321731 July 7, 1885 Chicago Lee, J. Edward Display Box and Package for Laces  
Patent No. 321732 July 7, 1885 Chicago Lee, J. Edward Handkerchief  
Patent No. 321736 July 7, 1885 Chicago Mason, Henry and Hildreth, James H.; Riordan, John; and Trowbridge, W. E. S. Fuel-Injector for Furnaces  
Patent No. 321742 July 7, 1885 Chicago Miller, Albert F. and the Burr Bed Company Bedstead  
Patent No. 321745 July 7, 1885 Chicago Nelson, Oliver R. Hydraulic Press Attachment  
Patent No. 321783 July 7, 1885 Chicago Blades, Leonard J. Ticket-Case  
Patent No. 321816 July  7, 1885 Chicago Housley, Daniel W. Tilting Chair  
Patent No. 321829 July 7, 1885 Chicago Mackley, Henry and Ross, Joseph B. Non-Siphoning Attachment for Closet and Other Traps  
Patent No. 321877 July 7, 1885 Chicago Abell, Joshua L. Strainer for Liquids  
Patent No. 321893 July 7, 1885 Chicago Gross, Henry Time-Lock  
Patent No. 321911 July 7, 1885 Chicago Powers, David J. to the Union Wire Mattress Company Folding Bed  
Patent No. 321912 July 7, 1885 Chicago Powers, David Folding Bed  
Patent No. 321951 July 14, 1885 Chicago Culver, Fitz E. Furnace-Grate  
Patent No. 321957 July 14, 1885 Chicago Enoch, John Halter  
Patent No. 321933 July 14, 1885 Chicago McRoberts, Mortimer Lantern  
Patent No. 322019 July 14, 1885 Chicago Spencer, George H. Grapple  
Patent No. 322031 July 14, 1885 Chicago Wixon, Howard and Menard, George Box-Pulling Attachment  
Patent No. 322056 July 14, 1885 Chicago Geier, John Leo and Rendtorff, Hermann Apparatus for Crystallizing Tin-Plate  
Patent No. 322257 July 14, 1885 Chicago Chase, Henry I. and Chase, Philander F. and Chase, Henry G. Process of Drying Grain  
Patent No. 322264 July 14, 1885 Chicago Dicey, Elmer C. Cut-Off-Valve Gear  
Patent No. 322065 July 14, 1885 Chicago Norton, Edwain and Norton, Oliver W. Soldering-Machine  
Patent No. 322177 July 14, 1885 Chicago Goode, Sarah E. Cabinet-Bed  
Patent No. 322212 July 14, 1885 Chicago Thomas, Nicholas Lathe for Turning Cross-Head Pins  
Patent No. 322282 July 14, 1885 Chicago Hall, Samuel L. Baker's Oven  
Patent No. 322287 July 14, 1885 Chicago Herrmann, Henry and Doolittle, William B. Street-Bridge for Fire-Hose  
Patent No. 322309 July 14, 1885 Chicago Miehle, Robert Printing-Machine  
Patent No. 322402 July 14, 1885 Chicago Tierney, Catharine A. Guide for Use in Cutting Garments  
Patent No. 322417 July 21, 1885 Chicago Byrne, John J. Thermostat for Fire-Alarms  
Patent No. 322436 July 21, 1885 Chicago Ganser, Nicolas H. Billiard-Table  
    Evanston Pajeau, Charles Charles Pajeau invented Tinkertoy Construction Sets. Pajeau was a stonemason from Evanston, Illinois who established The Toy Tinkers company. Nearly one million sets were sold in the year following the introduction of Tinkertoys at the 1913 American Toy Fair in New York. Pajeau was inspired by watching children poke sticks into the holes of thread spools.  
Patent No. 320355   Englewood Cook, John A. (with Haggett, George W. of Chicago) Tag-Holder for Railroad-Cars  
    Englewood Bason, Thomas floor-latch  
Patent No. 321433 July 7, 1885 Englewood Goff, Francis C. Coffin  
Patent No. 321469 July 7, 1885 Irving Park Wilson, Samuel R. Needle-Threader for Sewing-Machines  
Patent No. 319019   Kensington Peelman, Albano F. Combined Saw-set and Nail -Punch    
Patent No. 321076 June 30, 1885 LaGrange Baldwin, Myrton T. Infant's Posing-Chair  
    Park Ridge Encap Development Company Born and died in Schuyler County but company was in Park Ridge, Illinois. All I have is that he started Encap Development Company which developed the "Chia Pet".  

Crawford County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Hutsonville Coon, A. C. wrench  
Patent No. 319174   Palestine   Beam, Henry T. Car-Couupling     

DeKalb County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Patent #157,124 1874 DeKalb Glidden, Joseph and Kelly, Michael BARBED WIRE. United States Patent #157,124 was granted to Joseph Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois on November 24th, 1874 for improved barbed wire fencing. Nine patents for improvements to wire fencing were granted by the U.S. Patent Office to American inventors, beginning with Michael Kelly in November 1868 and ending with Joseph Glidden in November 1874. The new fencing not only simplified the work of the rancher and farmer, but it significantly affected political, social, and economic practices throughout the region. [Source and more info here: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbarbed_wire.htm]  
Patent No. 321511 July 7, 1885 Sycamore Marsh, William W. and Blood, Maurice E. Grain-Binding Harvester  

DeWitt County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Clinton R.W. MCCLELLAND running gear  

Douglas County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 322246 July 14, 1885 Arcola Boyle, William C. Wagon Running-Gear  
  1880 Tuscola Gurelle, Johnny Raggedy Ann and Andy, created In 1880  

DuPage County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #84224 circa 1910 Downers Grove Turtle Flexible Steel Lacing Co. metallic belt-fasteners  
Patent No. 320984 July 14, 1885 Downers Grove Anderson, Charles and Farrar, Eugene W. Combined Screen and Storm Door  

Ford County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320984 June 30, 1885 Carbery Theis, Leonard Cultivator Attachment  

Fulton County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
  1842 Canton Parlin, William Another skilled blacksmith, William Parlin, at Canton, Illinois, began making plows about 1842, which he loaded upon a wagon and peddled through the country.  

Henry County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Kewanee   corn huskers made in Chicago and Kewanee in the late 1800s/early 1900s  

Iroquois County, Illinois     

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321898 July 7, 1885 Iroquois Humphreys, James W. Ditching-Plow  

Jackson County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No.320671 June 23, 1885 Murphysborough McGovern, John and Jeffrey, Peter Caisson or Crib  

Jasper County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Newton Johnsons, J. B. plant-tray  

Jefferson County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320472   Mt. Vernon Hill, William Latch and Lock Combined  

Jersey County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320545  June 23, 1885 Jerseyville Doughton, Andrew filtering-tank  

Kane County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #89323 1890 Aurora John Calvin Loos, Jr.

American Well Works deep-well pumps, etc.
     "Since its founding as American Well Works in 1868, AMWELLý has written a history of uninterrupted service to the water and wastewater treatment industry."
     A copy of the factory blueprints from 1897 owned by the Aurora Historical Society is online, compliments of the Aurora Public Library. Harvard University graduate, John Calvin Loos, Jr., was one of the AWW engineers.
     At least one of the city wells in El Paso, Ill., was drilled in 1882 by American Well Works.

34. FIRST COMMERCIAL GAS WELL SITE.  In 1870 natural gas was accidentally
discovered near this spot (in Shreveport, Louisisana,) by American Well Works, which was digging a 961 foot water well for the Shreveport Ice Plant. Gas from the well was used to light the plant and is the first known commercial use of natural gas in Louisiana. (90 Market Street)  http://www.shreveport.net/sites/historic/downtown.html

     American Well Works is a part of history elsewhere such as the City of South Bend Water Works North Pumping Station historical landmark.  The pumping station was drilled by American Well Works. 
    An American Well Works patent law suit continues to be sudied as a landmark legal case. American Well Works rigs manufactured in the 1890's played a lesser role in the history of the petroleum industry. 

 
Patent No. 322416 July 14, 1885 Aurora Burkel, Peter Circular Toy Bowling-Alley  
Patent No. 321045 June 30, 1885 Batavia Mole, John G. Metallic Grinding-Ring  
Trademark Reg. #47058, First used 1886

Elgin

Black Leaf Products Co.    
Trademark Reg. #50094 1874 Elgin   Elgin National Watch Co.  
Trademark Reg. #48942 circa first used 1/1/1895 St. Charles St. Charles Condensing Co. Purity Condensed Milk  

Kankakee County, Illinois   

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 322213 July 14, 1885 Kankakee Ubellar, James L. Hat and Bonnet Fastener  

Knox County, Illinois 

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Galesburg

Brown, George W.

Corn Planter  

Lake County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 3200921 June 30, 1885 Waukegan Ferguson, Robert S. (alon gwith Schumacher, William and Tubman, William of Chicago) Compound for Insulating Electric Wires  

LaSalle County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #72178, circa 1908 La Salle Western Clock Mfg Co Big Ben - clocks and watches  
Patent No. 320876 June 23, 1885 Ottawa Jordan, Richard C. Hay-Carrier  
Trademark Reg. #79089 circa 1910 Peru Western Clock Mfg Co clocks Monitor  
Patent No. 320136   Streator Iwan, Henry and Iwan, Louis Tile-Ditching Hoe  
Patent No. 320815 June 23, 1885 Streater Powers, George W. and Jones, James Herbert and Powers, James M. Chimney-Cowl  
Patent No. 320951 June 30, 1885 Streater Modes, William F. Regenerating and Reverberating Glass Furnace  
  1911 Utica   In 1911 - Starved Rock State Park becomes the first state park in Illinois.  

Lawrence County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320492  June 23, 1885 Lukin Moore, Samuel M. Animal Poke  

Livingston County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321639 July 7, 1885 Dwight Reeb, Charles Knot-Tyer for Grain-Binders  

Logan County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Lincoln Rankin, E., Jr. harrow  

Macon County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #55577 circa 1st used 1878 Decatur A. E. Staley Manufacturing Cream (starch for food purposes)  
Trademark Reg. #30910 circa Nov 30, 1897 Decatur   H. Mueller Manufacturing Company  
Patent No. 321013 June 30, 1885 Decatur Faries, Robert Machine for Forming Interlocking-Eyes  
Patent No. 320673 June 23, 1885 Elwin Montgomery, James H. Check-rower for Corn-Planters  
Patent No. 321945  July 14, 1885 Mt. Zion Booth, Erastus L. Buggy-Top  
Patent No. 321945 July 14, 1885 Mt. Zion Booth, Erastus L. Spring Attachment for Carriage-Bows  

Macoupin County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
  1892 Modesto Mills, J. M. - a device used to de-horn cattle manufactured in Modesto by J.M. Mills in 1892.  
Patent No. 322352 July 14, 1885 Virden Cox, William H. Gate  

Madison County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321047 June 30, 1885 Alton Van Blarcom, William D. (assignee by Charles Alfred Norling of St. Louis, MO) Machine for Manufacturing Fences  

Massac County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s)  Invention  
Patent No. 320588 June 23, 1885 Metropolis Rhoads, Solomon J. Flower-Pot  

McDonough County, Illinois     

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321972 July 14, 1885 Adair Hunter, Joseph H. Hand Water-Pumping Mill  

McHenry County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Harvard Burbank, A. J. Hay Truck  
Patent No. 327111 July 8, 1885 Harvard Wooster, William I. Means for Controlling Windmills  

McLean County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #29592 circa February 23, 1897 Bloomington   Wishbone (became Thomas J. Lipton) J. F. Humphreys & Company  
Trademark Reg. #79547 circa 1910 Bloomington Paul F. Beich Company Epicure  
    Bloomington Abraham Lincoln Abe Lincoln was the only U.S. president to be issued a patent for his 1849 design of a device to help buoy vessels over shallow waters --- a device which was never manufactured. On April 6, 1858, Lincoln gave his first lecture on "Discoveries and Inventions" before the Young Men's Association of Bloomington, Illinois. In 1859 he delivered it at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He repeated the lecture in Decatur, Springfield, and Pontiac, but turned down future requests, saying, "I am not a professional lecturer. Have never got up but one lecture; and that I think, a rather poor one." His law partner, William H. Herndon, recalled Lincoln's work on the project. "He began preparation in the usual way by noting down ideas on stray pieces of paper, which found a lodgment inside his hat, and finally brought forth in connected form a lecture." But unlike his political speeches and courtroom presentations, the lecture lacked life. Herndon said, "he delivered it at several towns in the central part of the State, but it was so commonplace, and met with such indifferent success, that he soon dropped it altogether."  
  1857 Bloomington E. R. Roe Received a patent for improvement in mechanism for operating railroad car brakes. Granted the week ending August 11, 1857  
    Bloomington   Pennock's Patent Seed Drills - Rock Island advertised in the Weekly Pantagraph in Bloomington in 1857 (McLean County). This machine will plant wheat, rye, Indian corn, oats, peas, beans, rutabagas, and turnips; and can be regulated to drop any required quantity on an acre. The drills can be thrown in or out of gear separately, so as to plant a field of any shape without seeding any part twice. They are so arranged as to operate equally well on all kinds of land hilly and rough, as well as level and smooth. A man, with two horses, can put in from 10 to 12 acres with wheat in a day, and, with one horse, he can plant 20 acres with corn per day Pennock & Co., Kennett Square, Chester Co., Penn.  
    Hudson Dement, Robert H. car brake  
 Patent No. 319168  July 14, 1885 Gridley Burky, Joseph Windmill  
  1867 Normal Warden, John washing machine  

Mercer County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
  1864 Aledo Ramsay, John and Thompson, John
John Ramsay and John Thompson, Aledo, Illinois inventors, use a knotted wire rather than a chain to activate the seeding mechanism. (Additional patents refining and improving check row planting devices are later assigned to W.W. Hubbard, of Edinburg, IN (1864); G.D. Haworth (1870); and Aldon Barnes, of Bloomington, IL (1872 & 1877)
 
Patent No. 319168   New Windsor Bachus, James Washington Window-Screen     
Patent No. 320465   Perryton Daxon, Samuel Richard Machine for measuring and elevating grain  

Montgomery County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 322243 July 14, 1885 Butler Betty, Alonzo A. Sulky-Plow  
Patent No. 320750 June 23, 1885 Hillsborough Bell, Adam H. Bundle-Dropper for harvesters  
Patent No. 320750 July 7, 1885 Litchfield Champe, James Monroe Churn  
Patent No. 322249 July 14, 1885 Litchfield Brokaw, Isaac and Butler, Wesley Straw-Stacker  

Morgan County, Illinois 

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Jacksonville Black, Dr. Greene Vardiman Father of Modern Dentistry - the first to use Nitrous Oxide while extracting teeth. Invented a cord-driven dental engine, invented and patented a foot motor; perfected the use of amalgram for fillings. Practiced in Jacksonville, IL.  
  1892 Jacksonville   The Hall Braille typewriter (also called a Braillewriter or Brailler) was invented in 1892 by Frank Haven Hall, who was the Superintendent of the Illinois Institution for the Blind. The Hall Braille typewriter was manufactured by the Harrison & Seifried company in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hall introduced his invention on May 27, 1892, at Jacksonville, Illinois. [Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/1800b.shtml]  

Moultrie County, Illinois     

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s)  Invention  
Patent No. 321821 July 7, 1885 Cushman Kenney, Martin V. B. Hay-Derrick  

Ogle County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s)  Invention  
Patent No. 322430 July 21, 1885 Daysville Edmonds, Elijah L. Railroad-Alarm  
  1837 Grand DeTour Deere, John John Deere was an Illinois blacksmith and manufacturer. In 1837, John Deere designed the first cast steel plow. The large plows made for cutting the tough prairie ground were called "grasshopper plows." The plow was made of wrought iron and had a steel share that could cut through sticky soil without clogging. By 1855, John Deere's factory was selling over 10,000 steel plows a year. In 1868, John Deere's business was incorporated as Deere & Company, which is still in existence today. [Read more at this website: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bldeere.htm] .... Read more about John Deere on our Rock Island website at http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rockisland/pioneersfolder/johndeere.html  

Peoria County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320535  June 23, 1885 Peoria Brown, DeLoss S. and Sipf, Louis Combined beer and spirit still  
  1897 Peoria Duryea, Charles E. and Duryea, J. Frank - Charles E. and J. Frank Duryea, brothers, are known as the "Fathers of the American Automobile Industry". They are the inventors who are credited with being two of the originators of the automobile, and also founders of the short lived Duryea Company (1897-1900) which produced their horseless carriages. PEORIA, ILLINOIS USA - 1897 through 1900 Estimated production at this time - less than 20 cars  
  1941 Peoria Ag Lab

The "Ag Lab" in Peoria has contributed many discoveries/inventions...their main claim to fame is discovering a way to mass-produce penicillin in 1941. The "Ag Lab" in Peoria has contributed many discoveries/inventions...their main claim to fame is discovering a way to mass-produce penicillin in 1941.

This is an excerpt from the website: http://www.lib.niu.edu

"The NCAUR, more commonly known to Peorians as the "Ag Lab," was first authorized by Congress as part of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938....

One of NCAUR's most renowned discoveries is the commercial production process of penicillin. In 1928 British scientist Alexander Fleming discovered a mold, identified later as penicillium notatum, with great bacteria-killing abilities. Scientists soon realized that this wonder mold would be a promising antibiotic if it could be produced in quantity. In 1941 British scientists Howard Florey and Norman Heatley joined other researchers at the Peoria facility. Scientists of NCAUR quickly started investigating the mold penicillium. Andrew Moyer, an expert on molds, soon increased the yields of penicillin tenfold with non-alcoholic corn steep liquor. Still not satisfied, Moyer added milk sugar to penicillium and grew the mold in deep vats. Production doubled again. Although results were assuring, another breakthrough was needed. Not to be outdone, Mary Hunt discovered a superior strain of penicillium in a garbage can at a local fruit market. She found a beautiful moldy cantaloupe containing the superior strain of penicillium later named penicillium chrysogenum. By the end of its research, the NCAUR team had increased production of the mold by one hundred times. Called the cheapest antibiotic ever, penicillin was soon available to treat soldiers wounded in World War II battles. No longer did people die from common infections like bacterial pneumonia.

The process of growing penicillin developed by Moyer is now being used for growing many other antibiotics commercially. Moyer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame joining other distinguished inventors, including the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison. The NCAUR research team received a plaque from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy for their hard work. NCAUR's miracle drug has saved numerous lives and has since been discovering other pharmaceutical uses for agricultural products."
There are more inventions of the Ag Lab at the "lib.niu.edu" website... :-)    (Contributor: Janine Crandell)

 
Patent No. 318981   Peoria Green, Andrew W. Tuning-Hammer   
Patent No. 320443   Peoria Orchard, Henry and Venell, A. V. Hay-Stacker  
Trademark Reg. #61635 circa 1st used 1883 Peoria Amole Soap Co. Amole Mexican  
Trademark Reg. #21340 circa June 21, 1892 Peoria Oakford & Fahnestock Firm Blue Ribbon Brand (canned veg & fruit)  
Patent No. 320916 June 30, 1885 Peoria Dunlap, John S. Stool Pedestal  
Trademark Reg. #62025 circa first used 9/15/1889 Peoria Keystone Fence Company trademark - Keystone  
Trademark Reg. #58221 circa 1st used 1905 Peoria Keystone Fence Company Square Deal wire fence  
Patent No. 321666 July 7, 1885 Peoria Van Drelzen, John A. Cooler for Water and Other Liquids  
Patent No. 321666 July 14, 1885 Peoria Benner, Lorenzo D. Check-Rower for Corn-Planters  
Patent No. 322020 July 14, 1885 Peoria Stock, Charles F. and Moore, N. Grier and Peoria Target Company Trap for Throwing Targets  

Perry County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s)  Invention  
Patent No. 321510 July 7, 1885 Pickneyvile Losse, Henry Fire-Engine  

Pope County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s)  Invention  
Patent No. 321651 July 7, 1885 Eddyville Shufflebarger, Simon and Shufflebarger, Willis Journal-Box  

Pulaski County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s)  Invention  
Patent No. 321606 July 7, 1885 Mound City Hough, William Webster and Robarts, Joseph P. Minnow-Bucket  

Richland County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 319025   Olney Richey, James I. Automatic valve for drinking-troughs  

Rock Island County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 320369   Carbon Cliff Letsch, William F. Potato-Digger  
Trademark Reg. #30580 circa September 21, 1897 Moline Deere & company Corporation wagons  
Patent No. 320369 July 14, 1885 Rock Island O'Neil, Michael S. Draft-Equalizer  

Sangamon County, Illinois 

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321960 July 14, 1885 Mechanicsburg Freeto, James H. Telephone  
    Springfield Westlake, A. T. dial figuring-machine  
    Springfield Wetzel, P. A. washboard  
  1853 Springfield   In 1853 - The first Illinois State Fair is held.  
Patent No. 321726 July 7, 1885 Springfield Ide, Albert L. Steam-Engine Cross-Head Lubricator  
Patent No. 321727 July 7, 1885 Springfield Ide, Albert L. Steam-Engine Cross-Head  
Patent No. 322150 July 14, 1885  Springfield Barrows, J. Frank Piano-Truck  

Shelby County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Shelbyville Cochran, Mrs. Josephine Garis The first dishwasher was patented in 1850 by Joel Houghton; his machine was a hand-turned wheel that splashed water on dishes - unfortunately, it wasn't very effective at washing dishes. The first working automatic dishwasher was invented by Mrs. Josephine Garis (W. A.) Cochran, of Shelbyville, Illinois, in 1889. Her dishwasher was a wooden tub with a wire basket in it. First, she measured her dishes and then built wire compartments - each specially designed to fit plates, cups, and saucers. The compartments fit in a wheel that lay flat inside a copper boiler. A motor turned the wheel, while hot soapy water squirted up from the boiler and rained down on the dishes, cleaning them. She unveiled her invention at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, and won its highest award. Cochrane's friends liked her dishwasher, and soon, Mrs. Cochrane was getting orders for the machine from restaurants and hotels around Illinois. She patented the design and went into production. (Her company is now the well-known corporation KitchenAid.) [Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/1800b.shtml]  

St. Clair County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Pat. No. 318942   Belleville Baumgartner, Alexander Stalk and Cane Cutter  
Patent 8480 1851 Belleville Roberts, Cyrus and Cox, John Cox & Roberts Threshing Machine Company later became Harrison Machine Works.  
  1857 Belleville Gundlach,  P.

1857 Packing for Piston Rods and the Like Family continues to manufacture under the names Beno J. Gundlach Co. manufactures smaller items, and the T. J. Gundlach Machine Company

 
Patent No. 23089 1859 Belleville Kessler, Peter Alcohol Still
 
 
Patent No. 27235 1859 Belleville Penn, Worden P. Horsepower   
Patent No. 38824 1863 Belleville Heaton, Charles

Armor Cladding For Ships

 
Patent No. 51690 1865 Belleville Bunsen, George C. Fireman  
Patent No. 167138 1875 Belleville Troll, Joseph Tullerians  
Patent No. 572,985 1896 Lebanon Hammonds, Julia Terry Apparatus for holding Yarn Skeins - Patent #572,985 granted to Julia Terry Hammonds of Lebanon, Illinois on Dec.15, 1896. Listed in the Offical Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office. vol.77 p. 1617  

Stephenson County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
  1881 Freeport Schofield, S. C. corn sheller  
Patent No. 319059 July 7, 1885 Freeport Pattison, George H. Windmill-Gearing  
Patent No. 322314 July 7, 1885 Freeport Pattison, George H. Windmill-Gearing - new and useful improvements  

Vermilion County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Trademark Reg. #23463, circa April 10, 1893 Hoopeston Illinois Canning Co. Cream of the Prairie Sugar Corn  
Trademark Reg. #23464 circa April 10, 1893 Hoopeston Illinois Canning Co. Baby Bunting canned corn  
Trademark Reg. #23481, circa April 10, 1893 Hoopeston Illinois Canning Co

Pride of Illinois Sugar Corn

 

Tazewell County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 319059   Mackinaw Brock, Levi M. Wheel-Plow     

Wabash County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Mt. Carmel Riggs, J. W. gate closer.  

Warren County, Illinois 

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
  1880 Monmouth   dead duck decoy holder  
Patent No. 320519  June 23, 1885 Monmouth Weir, William S. Cultivator  
Patent No. 320519 July 7, 1885 Monmouth Ney, William E. Velocipede  

Washington County, Illinois     

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321349 June 23, 1885 Okawville Eppel, Gustav. A. Washing-Machine  

Whiteside County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 321449 July 7, 1885 Rock Falls Packer, George W. Check-Rower  
Trademark Reg. #62973 circa 1884 Sterling Black Silk Black Silk Stove Polish  
    Sterling   Sterling -  Credit goes to the Charter Gasoline Engine Company of Sterling, Illinois, for first successfully using gasoline as fuel. Charter's creation of a gasoline fueled engine in 1887 soon led to early gasoline traction engines before the term "tractor" was coined by others. Charter adapted its engine to a Rumley steam-traction-engine chassis, and in 1889 produced six of the machines to become one of the first working gasoline traction engines. [Source: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltractor.htm]  

Will County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
Patent No. 318967   Joliet Dice, Andrew F. Barbed-Wire Spool  
Patent No. 322372  July 14, 1885 Joliet Hanscom, Joshua F. Mackine for Making Staples  

Winnebago County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
    Harlem Haase, Leo G. Harlem, road-scraper  
  1906 Rockford   a 1906 pencil sharpener manufactured in Rockford  
Patent No. 320211   Rockford Bergsten, Joseph Towel-Rack  
Patent No. 321961 July 14, 1885 Rockford Ganick, Louis Desk Attachment for Trunks  

Woodford County, Illinois

Pat or Reg. Num. Date Location Inventor(s) Invention  
  1870 El Paso Strother, David A. David A. Strother, resident of El Paso, Illinois, becomes the first African American to Vote  
Trademark Reg. #79903 circa first used October 7, 1900 Eureka Dickinson & Co.

Walnut canned vegetables

 

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