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Collection Number RG0869.AM
Collection Name RG0869 Curtis, Charles, 1836-1917
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 2 items
Title Charles Curtis patents
Date or Date Span 1868; 1887
Year Range from 1868
Year Range to 1887
Admin/Biographical History 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 & Content 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.
Creator Curtis, Charles, 1836-1917
Other Creators Gilman, Joseph W., 1843-1912
Finding Aids Charles Curtis finding aid
Subjects Patents
Patent drawings
Agricultural machinery & implements
People Curtis, Charles, 1836-1917
Gilman, Joseph W., 1843-1912
Search Terms Agricultural machinery -- Designs and plans
Farm equipment -- Designs and plans