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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I is for Inventor

FRANK M. FOOTE - Arcade, Wyoming County, NY

Oct. 24, 1918
Frank M. Foote Granted Patent

   Frank M. Foote of Arcade has been granted a patent on a devise for unloading amesite from railroad cars, especially from cars of the two pocket variety.
   This patent makes possible a savings of about $50 in unloading one car.
   It seems that amesite comes in a hardened condition in the car and must be heated in order to get it out. This has always been a troublesome job.
   Mr. Foote had a large amount of the material to put on the road he built in Castile and hit upon the plan of putting perforated pipes into the bottom of each pocket of the car before it was loaded. Into these pipes he turned steam and in a short time he had the material so that it would run out.
   While he was engaged on the Castile contract State officials from all parts of the State came to see his device for unloading the material and were much impressed with the ease with which the work could be done.
   As soon as road building operations are resumed in this country the device will be in great demand.—Arcade Herald.

Application filed May 26, 1917.
Serial No. 171,145.

   Mr Foote states, “My invention relates to freight cars, and more particularly to means for heating the contents of the cars and for controlling the discharge of the contents therefrom. ...The primary object of my invention is the provision of means for heating the contents of a car and associating such means with controlling mechanism whereby the discharge of the contents from the car may be controlled.”

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  1. Oh, Foote! He beat me to it. ;) Did he get rich from it?
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  2. Interesting stuff. I love History!

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  3. Fascinating! Sounds like it made life easier unloading freight.

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