Over the years, Knox County has produced many entrepreneurs. Included
in the Knox County Museum collection are six original patent models
invented during the 1800s.
Each invention is displayed with its
authentication certificate, a diagram of the model and an explanation
of how it worked.
The gas heater and petroleum stove, called a Vapor Stove, was invented
by Alonzo T. Boon, Galesburg. Patent #63004 was issued on March 19,
This invention is listed as dishwasher. It was invented by Merrill S.
Orlon and Peter B. Stiles, Galesburg. They received patent #100657 on
March 8, 1870. The plunger and pipe are missing.
Joel Lee, Galesburg, was the inventor of this "petroleum stove." He
received patent #63,400 on April 2, 1867.
This tire shrinking tool was invented by A. P. Cassell, Wataga. His
patent #30387 was issued on Oct. 16, 1860.
Swan E. Swanson, Galesburg, invented this shutter fastener. On June 13,
1882 he received patent #259,601.
Matthias Rikert, Oneida, created this rotary steam engine. His
invention received patent #76,525 on April 7, 1868. Two legs are
Each invention is displayed with its authentication certificate, a diagram of the model and an explanation of how it worked.