William Ferguson of Birds, Lawrence County Illinois, filed for a patent on a post for supporting fishing rods. This patent had been originally filed on August 24, 1926 but was refiled on February 24, 1927 with one half of the rights assigned to Omer Lewis Cunningham of Lawrenceville, Il. The patent was granted on June 4, 1929.
This invention related to devices for supporting fishing rods consisting of a post pointed at its lower end that could be driven into the ground. A plate-like part mounted upon the post acted in a way that limited the extent to which the post might be forced into the ground or used as a means for attaching the post to the deck of a boat.
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For the readers with an engineering mind….here is what the application actually said.
Referring to these drawings (10) designates a metallic pipe constituting the post, whose lower portion is flattened and pointed as at (11), so that it may be driven into the ground. The upper end of the pipe is closed by a screw-cap (12) so formed as to permit the post to receive the impact of a sledge hammer, in case of driving into the ground, without injury to the post.
Extending diametrically through the hollow post are the arms of an approximately U shaped handle (13). These arms at their free ends beyond the pipe are screw-threaded for the reception of nuts 14 and this permits the extremities of these arms to be passed through a vertically disposed plank and be bolted thereto. Thus, the pipe may be supported upon the skirting planks of a wharf or other structure and the pipe or post held from any twisting movement. This member (13) constitutes a handle whereby the post may be held while being driven, or whereby the post may be lifted and then dropped so that the pointed end may be forced into soft ground to the extent sufficient to permit the post to be driven.
Disposed below the handle is a disk or plate (15), this plate having oppositely disposed on the side of the boat. The disk (15) is also formed with opposed shoulders (17) which extend upward and fit against the pipe or post and keep it from tilting with reference to the relatively thin plate. The upper face of the disk (15) has two grooves disposed on opposite sides of the central aperture through which the post passes within which the lower arm of the handle (13) rests to keep the post from turning or twisting axially.
However, Mr. Ferguson did not appear to be concerned about HOW the fishing rods would be attached to this invention, but merely stated: “any suitable means may be provided for the purpose.”
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the improved fishing rod support; Figure 2 is a perspective view of the supporting plate for the post or stake.