Thursday, January 23, 2020

Helena Residents Join The Field Of Inventors




During the 50-plus years following the Civil War there was such a surge, and a demand, for people to develop ideas that helped make the U.S. an industrial powerhouse.
And there were people in Helena scrambling to invent something that could make them rich and famous.
Below is just a smattering of the hundreds of applications from Helena approved by the U.S. patent office. 



INVENTOR
DATE
INVENTION
CHARLES E. BROMWELL 1887 CAR STARTER
JOHN N. BRASS 1921 THERMOSTATIC CIRCUIT CLOSER
ROBERT H. MILAM 1921 COTTON GIN
W.R. RIGHTOR 1884 BLASTING DEVICE
JAMES S. SMITH 1884 COTTON SCRAPER
CAROLINE S. BROOKS 1876 LUBRICATED PLASTER MOLDS
WILLIAMSON GOODWIN 1876 VEHICLE COUPLING
HENRY TUNER 1899 PICTURE FRAME
WALTER J. KIRKHAM 1922 FLUSH VALVE SEAT
G. E. FRIEDLEY 1925 VEHICLE SIGNAL
JOHN P. DUNCAN & ET ALII 1885 POISON DISTRIBUTOR
WALTER J. KIRKHAM 1925 WATER CLOSET
EDWIN LUKEMEYER AND OTHERS 1912 SAW-TOOTH SHAPER
MILES E. DAVIDSON 1896 SAWMILL
J.P. DUNCAN 1887 FIRE ESCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
CHARLES E. BROMWELL 1889 HAND MOTOR
ARTHUR MEADOWS 1913 POST-HOLE BORING MACHINE
MARVELL M. CARRUTH 1873 IMPROVED COTTON STALK KNOCKERS
CHARLES E. FULLERTON 1900 CURTAIN POLE BRACKET
ALBERT B. SHULL 1911 TWINE HOLDER
V.V. TURNER 1912 RAIL JOINT
EDWARD L. CHAFFIN 1898 ARTIFICIAL DENTURE
EDWARD L. CHAFFIN 1897 METHOD OF TREATING ARTIFICIAL DENTURES
B.L. CHAFFIN 1897 GIN-SAW SHARPENER
ALFRED B. FLOYD 1901 ENGINE
WILLIAM R. RIGHTOR 1874 SHOAL INDICATOR IMPROVEMENTS
WILLIAM R. RIGHTOR 1873 APPARATUS RELEAVING GROUNDED VESSEL
LEWIS P. BAILEY 1876 IMPROVEMENTS CAR COUPLINGS
ALFRED J. LOWRY 1895 PEN-RACK






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