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    • Uncle Sam

    • Illinois -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865; United States. Army. Cavalry;
    • "Uncle Sam" was the eagle mascot for Company K, 17th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, during the Civil War.
    • Train Derailment

    • Railroads -- Accidents;
    • An Illinois Central train derailed on the Winnebago Street viaduct in Rockford, Illinois after a flood washed out the tracks.
    • Invitation to Columbian Exposition

    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.);
    • An invitation to the ceremonies to dedicate the buildings for the World's Exposition in Chicago. The opening ceremonies took place October 11-13, 1892. This invitation is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tinker of Rockford, Illinois.
    • McFarlane Children's Home Picnic

    • Cottages; Historic buildings;
    • Jessie Tinker supported the McFarlane W.C.T.U. Home for Children and was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.). This benefit luncheon was held on the grounds of Tinker Swiss Cottage.
    • John Blair

    • Landscape gardening;
    • John Blair arrived in Rockford, Illinois, in 1853, and worked as a landscape architect for many local residents. He worked for Mary Manny until 1865, when he moved to Chicago. In 1885 Blair was induced to return to Rockford and build a stone...
    • John H. Manny

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    • John H. Manny manufactured reapers in Rockford, Illinois. In 1855 he was sued by Cyrus McCormick for patent infringement. Manny hired Abraham Lincoln, Peter Watson, and Edwin Stanton as attorneys and won the case just before he died in 1856.
    • Reaper trial trophies

    • Awards; Farm equipment;
    • John H. Manny, inventor and owner of the Manny Reaper Company, Rockford, Illinois, often entered competitions with other manufacturers in the United States and Europe. He often returned to Rockford with silver plated trophy.
    • Marcia Dorr

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    • Marcia Dorr moved into Tinker Swiss Cottage as a teenager. She became her Uncle Robert Tinker's secretary and was a leading figure in many societies in the Rockford, Illinois, community.
    • Manny Mansion

    • Historic buildings;
    • Mary Dorr Manny purchased this home on South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, from the Holland family in 1860. This property neighbored that of Tinker Swiss Cottage (built in 1865), separated by Kent Creek. The house was sold to the Illinois...
    • Mary Dorr Manny Tinker

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    • Mary Dorr married John H. Manny on February 1, 1852, and was widowed January 30, 1856. Mary oversaw the Manny Reaper Company and other properties in Rockford, Illinois. She was also involved in local charitable organizations. In 1870 Mary married...

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