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An 1888 ad for Allen’s duck call that also featured his revolutionary bow-facing oars, which could be used in a canoe or boat.

Monmouth’s Fred Allen: The ultimate outdoorsman

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An 1880 patent drawing for Allen’s mechanism to convert a dead bird to a decoy, instructions for mounting bow-facing oars, and a 1902 ad for Allen’s wooden duck call.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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