Whittington was born in Glouchester, England in 1907 and immigrated to America with his parents when he was two years old. The family settled in Oglesby, Illinois, where Hector made his first decoys in 1924. These earliest decoys have pencil thin necks and folksy heads, greatly resembling the birds made by his friends Evans and Hocking. As he gained more experience, Whittington's decoys took on the stronger, more functional style typical among Illinois River decoys used on small land-locked lakes and backwater river marshes. By the 1930s, his recognizable style had emerged.
For the complete story, please see the May/June 1998 issue of Decoy Magazine.
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