“Tinker Topics” – April – June 2018 issue

The Rockford Public Library Local History and Genealogy Dept. retains copies of former newsletter and news articles and books



Source: Donation of Member Newsletter


Historic Rockford Homes 1838 – 1893 – serigraphs by Gene Horvath

The serigraphs of historic are lovely art prints in black on cream paper “poster size” and “suitable for framing” and are a number set, 3/50.   Each one is of an historic home, and some are labeled on the back with additional historic information.  The set is not for sale as a group or individually and is signed by the artist.

The set includes 16 serigraph prints, as follows:

1850 residence of John S. Coleman                  737 North Main St.

1860/1864 residence of Amos Catlin Spafford          501 N. Prospect

1863 residence of Chester C. Briggs            1244 East State St.

1893 residence of William Fletcher Barnes            813 N. Main St.

1865 residence of Robert Hall Tinker        411 Kent St.

1873 residence of John H. Lake             1313 E. State St.

1871 residence of John Erlander      404 S. Third St.

1868 residence of Honorable William Brown      S. Third St. across from Erlander Home

1868 residence of Charles A. Lundvall      2511 Guilford Rd.

1856 residence of George H. Dennett           428 N 1st St.

1854 residence of L.C. Jacoby          2 Jacoby Place

1874 residence of Colonel C. M. Brayer        806 N Main St.

1859 residence of Johnaton Halstead     3318 North Main St.

1857 residence of W. D. Trahern      525 Kent St.

1867 residence of Major Elias Cosper             1121 Cosper Place

1855 residence of Henery Sears         800 N. Church St.

1854 residence of Walter Peck          326 S. 2nd St.

1848 residence of William Cory      6130 Guilford Rd.













Tinker Swiss Cottage – 1945

Source:  Tinker Cottage, Dewey Dec. R917.733 T49  37 pages, c.1945 [with nice portrait photography of Mary Manny Tinker and Robert Tinker]



“Tinker Cottage hosts second bluegrass fest” – 1981

Tinker - 1

Source:  Rockford Register Star 7/5/1981

Tinker - 2


Heritage Houses – 1972

Heritage Houses

Source:  Rockford Morning Star Oct. 9, 1972

Holiday Happenings Shares Cultural Customs

Collaboration among 3 Rockford Museums: Tinker Swiss Cottage, Erlander Home and Ethnic Heritage Museum

Tinker showcased Victorian Christmas traditions; two Christmas trees: a full green tree and a German feather tree, made of goose feathers, 2 – 3 feet high.

Erlander will showcase St. Lucia, with a crown of Lingonberry branches and candles.  The home will be festooned with traditional Swedish decorations.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum has galleries showcasing the heritage of 6 cultures: Lithuanian, Italian, African-American, Irish, Polish and Hispanic. The Lithuanian gallery includes a nativity scene hand carved from Beeswax. The Irish gallery is draped with holly and mistletoe.  The focal point in the Polish gallery is Szopki, also called a fairy castle, an elaborate Nativity scene, sometimes as high as 6 feet.  The  Italian ceppo is a tiered pyramid shaped wooden fame, also called the Tee of Light. The Hispanic gallery features a tree decorated with straw and knit ornaments.

Holiday Happenings is on Dec. 14, from noon until 4:00.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Holiday 2014, Vol. 11, No. 6. pp 217 – 221.