The historical biographies of five Skinner men prominent in the history of Rockford, Illinois, as well as their influential lives in Dalton, MA, Pompey and Barre Center, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Detroit, MI, Washington, DC. are profiled. The colorful stories of these men, spanning 200 years, are illustrated and come alive with extensive documentation and anecdotes researched and collected over 30 years. Stephen Skinner, a Rockford Pioneer and blacksmith was a 3rd great grandson of John Skinner, a Founder and Original Proprietor of Hartford, CT. James Butler Skinner, was a blacksmith, inventor and builder of highly regarded farm machinery, owner of the "Rockford" steam boat. Henry Mead Skinner, was a Pike's Peak gold prospector, Civil War veteran, inventor and prominent businessman. Roy Reynolds Skinner was prominent businessman and Vice President of Burr Brothers provisionary; Edwin Burritt Skinner was an acclaimed pipe organist and Minister of Music, music teacher, gift and music shop owner, and resort hotel manager.What reviewers are saying:"Ric brings to life five of the Skinner men and their families, placing carefully researched names, dates and events against the context of their times. Their worlds, and the economic and social forces that buoyed or sank them, come vividly to life in this family story. Liberally illustrated with photos, maps and letters, this book will carry scholar and casual reader alike through 200 years of American history." (Andrea Rebeck, Historical Architect & owner of the Skinner-Tinkham House, Barre Center, NY)."While being a great story to be read by family history buffs, historians of the 19th century ... will find this book a delightful read." (Gregg Legutki, Reviver of the Skinner Family Assn. and Administrator of the Skinner Family Assn. Facebook Group)."Believe me, this is a well-researched book!" (Marsha Hosfeld, Immediate Past President, Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society)."I have read Ric's book and he has produced an excellent book on the Skinner family and the conditions they and their fellow settlers faced." (Rick Porter, Historical Researcher, Finger Lakes House Histories).