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PRAIRIE GARDENER: Tinker gardens is one of six gardens you can visit while in Rockford, Ill.

Published 10/17/2010, Grand Forks Herald

Robert Hall Tinker, longtime Rockford businessman, found a short-cut to fame and fortune. He married the widow of his boss and achieved both. His wife was the widow of John Manny, who was the inventor of the reaper and who got caught up in a long-term legal clash with Cyrus McCormick, who made a similar claim. Manny won.

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