While looking at the newspapers on the Library of Congress web site, I discovered a short article entitled “Texas Patents.” It was front page news on March 5, 1890, in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette. A report from Washington DC stated that Anton Bergmann of Boerne in Kendall County, Texas, was issued a patent on March 4th for an ointment for curing skin disease.
In my search to find out more about this patent I discovered that Google has a patent website. The patent was filed on September 19,1889 and issued March 4, 1890 and was an improved treatment for ringworm or cutaneous troubles. The ointment ingredients were water, turpentine, soap, tobacco extract, and a tincture of arnica. James M. Sauer and Hilmar G. Froebel witnessed the document. For more details about the patent go tohttp://www.google.com/patents/US422703. I wonder if he ever marketed the ointment.
Anton was the son of Joseph and Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann.
The Library of Congress website is free and an excellent place to find primary sources. Go to http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ . Take a look! You never know which relative will be in the news!
“Texas Patents.” Fort Worth Daily Gazette. March 5, 1890. Library of Congress. Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers. 13 August 2012. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86064205/1890-03-05>
“Ointment for Skin Disease.” Google Patents. 13 August 2012. <http://www.google.com/patents>