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A COLLECTION OF WRITINGS CONCERNING ALLAN PINKERTON AND THE LARCH FARM
Compiled by Patricia Dissmeyer Goff, P. O. Box 1482, Elgin, IL 60121-1482
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Except for the first chapter, this book is a compilation of writings of other people concerning Allan Pinkerton. The report I wrote when I was seventeen is the first chapter because it is a simple, general view of Pinkerton and his life. It gives the reader an idea of who Allan Pinkerton was. There are many books written about Allan Pinkerton, but I have yet to find one mainly concerning The Larch Farm.
Chapter 1 -- ALLAN PINKERTON and the LARCH FARM
The manuscript written by Russell Palmer is extremely well written and interesting. I obtained this copy from the Iroquois County Genealogical Society in Watseka, Illinois. I believe there is another copy in the Newberry Library in Chicago. There are probably other copies in some private homes. This manuscript is important enough that it deserves to be published and distributed so that many people have access to it.
Chapter 2 -- Manuscript written by Mr. Russell Palmer in 1968
I have always found Allan Pinkerton a fascinating character, so I have taken it upon myself to publish the information I have concerning him. Another reason for my interest is that my home town is Onarga, Illinois, where Pinkerton's summer home, "The Larch Farm," is located. Timothy Webster's grave is also located in Onarga. My grandmother was very interested in local history, and this interest was naturally instilled in me.
Chapter 3 -- LARCH FARM
I created the artwork in this book either freehand or using a computer Paint program.
I hope this book is enjoyed by all who read it.
This pen and ink drawing is copyright 1991 by Patricia Goff
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