I would like to find a copy of the Word file of the Robert Diller manuscript. I have an old Xerox copy of the original that I made in 1979 and it is getting badly faded.
A short note on it's history - I had the privilege of meeting Robert Diller shortly before his death in 1980. When his side of the Dillers moved to Jefferson County Nebraska in 1878 his great uncle J. Silas Diller stayed back east. He was going to Harvard and graduated in 1883. He was going to Heidlberg to continue his graduate studies in geology. He had heard all the old family stories of the old country and asked around about where that was. At the time no one had the answer ; interesting enough after school he took a form ofinternship in the Near East and while traveling there passed within a few miles of Biglen.
This apparently peeked his interest and from 1883 to about 1910 he conducted extensive research into the Diller family. I have seen his notes and comments and he was an excellent researcher (he was also an excellent geologist - there is a plaque at Crater Lake, Ca that I believe says he was it's first (white) explorer and a mountain in Washington state that is named after him). For some reason he only published those two articles in the "German" and then had them condensed into the pamphlet. (Robert gave me one of the originals) He died in the 20's and had no children.
His material was passed on to a niece who had no interest but fortunately recognized their value and held on to them. When she died they passed to Robert. Robert was a brilliant researcher in his own right and between 1930 and 1940 researched, organized the old and prepared a first draft. I had the impression that there was some sort of family feud, about which he seemed rather bitter, and he never published.
I was allowed to make my copy in 1979 and the last contact I had with his children I heard his daughter was entering all of it into Word.
Just getting back into the hobby after a few years brick-wall and frustration free.:>)