Jethro Wood, Inventor of the Modern Plow: A Brief Account of His Life, Services and Trials; Together with Facts Subsequent to His Death, and Incident to His Great Invention

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Rhodes & McClure, 1882 - Plows - 66 pages
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Page 50 - In one instance, there was great difficulty in proving that the machine had been used in Georgia, although, at the same moment, there were three separate sets of this machinery in motion within fifty yards of the building in which the court was sitting, and all so near that the rattling of the wheels was distinctly heard on the steps of the court house.
Page 36 - March one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, the full and exclusive right and liberty of making, constructing, using and vending to others to be used...
Page 55 - ... found himself not a moment too soon. The case had an immediate hearing, and after three days' trial the Circuit Court decided unequivocally that the plow now in general use over the country was unlike any other which had been produced ; that the improvements which rendered it so effective were due to Jethro Wood, and that all manufacturers must pay his heirs for the privilege of making it. "This was a great triumph; but it was now the late autumn of 1845, and the last grant of the patent had...
Page 67 - ... portions together by lugs and locking pieces, doing away with screw-bolts and much weight, complexity, and expense. Wood did more than any other person to drive out of use the cumbrous contrivances common throughout the country, giving a lighter, cheaper, and more effective implement.
Page 22 - In the first place, the said Jethro Wood claims an exclusive privilege for constructing the part of the Plough, heretofore, and to this day, generally called the mould-board, in the manner hereinafter mentioned. This mouldboard may be termed a piano-curvilinear figure, not defined nor described in any of the elementary books of geometry or mathematics. But an idea may be conceived of it thus : "The land-side of the Plough, measuring from the point of the mould-board, is two feet and two inches long....
Page 34 - Their junction is after the manner of tenon and mortice ; the tenon being at the fore end of the land-side and the mortice being at the inside of the mould-board and near its point. The tenon and mortice are joggled, or dove-tailed together in the casting operation, so as to make them hold fast. The fore end of the...
Page 66 - ... used in light, easy soils, does not present an edge projecting from the share-beam throughout, but only a small point at the extremity, In a fourth kind, again, this point is larger and formed with a cutting edge by the agency of which it cleaves the ground, and by the sharp edges at the side cuts up the weeds by the roots.
Page 45 - an ingenious mode of quartering on the enemy," and the inventor's friends seem to have believed that the ring had been privately sold for his benefit. At all events it never came to light again, and Wood, a peaceful man, a Quaker by profession, did not push the matter further.
Page 10 - When only a few years old he moulded a little plow from metal, which he obtained by melting a pewter cup. Then cutting the buckles from a set of braces, he made a miniature harness with which he fastened the family cat to his tiny plow and endeavored to drive her about the flower garden. The good oldfashioned whipping he received for this mischief was such as to drive all desire for repeating the experiment out of his juvenile head.

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