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    • Colorado ranch

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    • Robert Tinker owned a ranch in Morrison, Colorado, during the 1880s. He regularly traveled from his home at the Swiss Cottage, in Rockford, Illinois, visiting various investment properties.
    • Cows in stream

    • Animals; Historic buildings;
    • Three cows near Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford, Illinois, wading in Kent Creek. Cows were allowed to roam freely in the city until 1875. The suspension bridge was in place 1870-1890.
    • Dorr family record

    • Genealogy;
    • The Dorr family record shows typical symbolism of the Victorian era and lists birth, death & marriage dates for family members. Mary Dorr married John H. Manny in 1853. Manny died in 1856, and in 1870 she remarried, to Robert Tinker.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.

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