[Toulon, Illinois]: 1875-1898. Notebook. This notebook contains over 120 pages, 66 of which contain Bacmeister’s potential inventions. They are written in pen and pencil; all are legible. An annotation in the front matter suggests Bacmeister initially purchased the notebook in 1859 although he did not begin using it until 1875. The binding is sound, and the pages are clean. Its black cover is stamped, front and rear, with attractive gilt decorations; the front also bears the text, “Notes.” It is held shut by what appears to be a now-dried, metal-sheathed chemical pencil that slips within four loops, two of which are broken. Otherwise in nice shape.
Bacmeister’s ‘inventions’ include a fan blower, steam engine governor, burglar proof safe, differential saw, cooking utensil support, differential barometer, boiler plate punch, nautical centerboard, screw-holding screwdriver, self-extinguishing minors, lamp, stamp cancelling device, and many, many more.
It also contains a 1884 description of a method of “Connecting lead pipe by soldering with internal double tapering . . . elbow or t. . ..” Online records reveal that Bacmeister patented a conduit pipe the following year. Very good. Item #009532
Available online genealogical records reflect that Bacmeister was born in Wurttemberg, Germany in 1830. He trained in engineering before immigrating to New York in 1856 where he became a draftsman. He next studied medicine and graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1856, after which he established himself as a well-respected traveling practitioner based in Toulon, Illinois. In 1868, he accepted an appointment as the Chair of Materia Medica at the Hahnemann College of Chicago but returned to practice in Toulon the following year where he remained with his family until his death in 1911.