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Franklin N. Becker and the Jeddo-Highland Coal Company - 3

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This is the third of four pages about Frank Becker and the Jeddo-Highland Coal Company power plant in the 1930s. The information comes from his great-grandson, Pierre-Yves Vachot.


Pierre-Yves Vachot: Yesterday I came across new documents, I went on google-patents, a website I sometimes use for work, and just searched for "jeddo". Here is what came out: 6 patents, application filed by FN Becker, my [great grandfather], they were filed for the "Jeddo Highland Coal Co." With these patents, some of the pictures now have an explanation, and can be dated thanks to the date at which the patent was filed:

- Nov 18, 1929 "Method of generating producer gas"
- March 8, 1932 "Container handling mechanism"
- June 29, 1933 "Stove"
- July 17, 1933 "Pneumatic valve"
- May 7, 1934 "Fuel feeding mechanism for gas producers"
- March 25, 1935 "Gas producer"

[Two of his patents are on this page; others are shown on Becker page 4.]



TRUCK LOADING MECHANISM AND COAL CONTAINERS

Pierre-Yves Vachot: Two series of pictures show a train wagon and a truck, with a loading mechanism to transfer containers from one to another. For this last one I have had discussions with train enthusiasts who are part of this association (http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/). We came to the train wagon was loaded by Lehigh Valley Railroad Co. and the containers might have been for coal. The size of the containers is not a standard size because they stack them on rows of 3 when normally containers would be stacked in rows of 2. The guess is that they are of a smaller size to fit on a truck. Maybe they were prototype and were never commercially used.

If you remember the pictures showing a train, a truck and a loading mechanism for some boxes, one of them had numbers written on them with a pencil. It turns out this picture was used as a model for a drawing in the patent:


PDF logo Becker - Container handling mechanism patent - (PDF file size = 1 MB)




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Frank N. Becker Patent photo for loading coal trucks Frank N. Becker Truck for coal containers Loading truck with coal containers Loading truck with coal containers











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Pierre-Yves Vachot: I also found another patent made by Jeddo Highland Coal Company, the inventor was a different person, but Frank's patent refers to this one.

PDF logo Donald-Markle-coal-container patent - (PDF file size = 0.6 MB)


Below there is an explanation of why they wanted to use those metal boxes instead of bulk containers.

Rationale for metal boxes for coal transportation













PNEUMATIC VALVE

Pierre-Yves Vachot: Then there was this picture with some sort of pneumatic system displayed in front of a Jackhammer, it correspond to the patent called Valve (the patent gives an interesting anecdote about the use of compressed air in the mine shafts):

PDF logo Patent for FN Valve - (PDF file size = 0.7 MB)
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Frank Becker news, 1932 Mike Korb sent this article, dated October 15, 1932 in the Standard-Sentinel:

Jeddo-Highland To Use New Air Valve New Machine Will Conserve Compressed Air for Use In Mining Machinery

The article notes that Engineer Frank Becker presented a paper on a new valve that would make jackhammers and other compressed air devices and tools more efficient; the Jeddo-Highland Coal Co. would be the first anthracite mining company to use it.
(Thanks, Mike.)



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