• Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Illinois

    The Tinker family were members of Second Congregational Church. They were very involved in church activities such as the Mission Aid Society and decorating the altar for special occasions.

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  • Swiss Cottage, Looking South

    Robert Tinker built this suspension bridge in 1890. It crosses Kent Creek in Rockford, IL.

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  • Peter Anderson

    Peter Anderson was a gardner & man of all work for the Tinker family from May 1, 1867 to 1871.

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  • Manny Mansion

    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…

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  • Manny Mansion gardens

    Mary Manny's home on South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, had large formal gardens landscaped by John Blair.

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Gardens

    Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford, Illinois had extensive grounds including a formal rose garden shielded from the barn by foliage. The grounds are decorated with rootwood furniture.

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois

    The Swiss Cottage is built on the edge of limestone bluffs overlooking Kent Creek. Stone from area mills were used as planters.

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  • Illinois Central Depot, Rockford, Illinois

    The Illinois Central Depot was located on Kent Creek across from Tinker Swiss Cottage. The Tinker family sold this land to the railroad in the 1880s.

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  • Reaper trial trophies

    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 wi…

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  • Baby's First Christmas

    Theodore Tinker was adopted by Robert and Jessie Tinker in 1908. His first Christmas was celebrated in the parlor of Tinker Swiss Cottage.

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  • Dorr Family Record

    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…

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  • David Dawson

    David Dawson was a man of all work for the Tinker family from August 30, 1865 to 1871.

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  • McFarlane Children's Home Picnic

    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 Co…

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  • Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois

    Tinker Swiss Cottage, on the limestone bluffs of Kent Creek. Robert Tinker built the Swiss-style house based on architecture he saw in Switzerland during a trip in 1862.

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  • Theodore and Jessie Tinker

    Theodore Tinker was adopted by Jessie and Robert Tinker in 1908.

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  • Train Derailment

    An Illinois Central train derailed on the Winnebago Street viaduct in Rockford, Illinois after a flood washed out the tracks.

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  • Tinker's Swiss-style Barn

    Robert Tinker constructed a three-story Swiss-style barn in 1873. It housed dairy cows, chickens and their feed.

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  • John Blair

    Robert Tinker

    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 induce…

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  • Reaper model

    Salesmen for reaper companies would travel across the country and use models to demonstrate the product. Robert Tinker worked as a salesman for the Manny Reaper Company when he arrived in Rockford, Il…

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  • Rootwood Table

    This rootwood table was made to be used inside Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois. Robert Tinker was inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing to surround his Swiss Cottage with rustic furniture made f…

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