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Tanner, George S.



  • Existence: 1917 - 2006

Biographical History

George S. Tanner (1917-2006) was a construction manager and historian in California and Arizona.

George Stephen Tanner was born on September 18, 1917 in Saint Joseph, Arizona to Rollin C. Tanner and Anna Louise Harbrecht. He spent his early year in Arizona before his family moved to California around 1928. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission from 1937 to 1939. In 1942 he married Louis Leetham, and they had five children.

In 1943 he joined the Army, and served in the Pacific Theater. After the war he joined his father and brothers to establish Tanner Brothers Construction, later known as Tanner Companies. He worked with the company until 1987.

Tanner was an active member of the Church and served in various leadership roles, as well as a temple worker. He also researched and wrote about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arizona.

Tanner died on October 4, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona.

His Colonization on the Little Colorado, c1977., via WWW, July 10, 2014 (George S. Tanner; George Stephen Tanner; George Steven Tanner; George Stephens Tanner; Steve Tanner; b. Sept. 18, 1917 in Saint Joseph, Ariz.; parents: Rollin C. Tanner and Anna Louise Harbrecht; m. June 30, 1942 to Lois Leetham, five children; raised in Ariz. until age 11, moved to Calif.; worked family chicken ranch as child; served mission for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 20 for 2 years; joined Army in 1943, served in South Pacific; est. Tanner Brothers Contracting Company, later Tanner Companies, with father and brothers; worked for company until 1987; served in church in leadership roles, temple worker; d. Oct. 4, 2006 in Phoenix, Ariz.)

Found in 41 Collections and/or Records:

James Stephens Brown diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305549]
Identifier: MSS SC 807
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript. Author recounts his call to serve as a missionary among the Navajo Indians by Mormon church president Brigham Young (1801-1877); the trip to Arizona; his activities among the Indians; and his return to Utah a year later.

Dates: 1875-1876

Bureau of Indian Affairs correspondence

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305275]
Identifier: MSS SC 785
Scope and Contents Photocopies of original letters with accompanying typescripts. Covers the nomination of Mormon Church leader Jacob Hamblin as a federal Indian agent for southern Utah, northern Arizona, and southeast Nevada.Also includes exchanges between W. F. M. Arny, the federal agent for the Navajo tribes; Jacob Hamblin and other Mormon settlers in Arizona; and Col. L. Edwin Dudley, regional Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Santa Fe, NM. These letters attempt to arrange a peaceful...
Dates: 1871-1874

John Bushman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1520
Scope and Contents Collection consists of original diaries covering 1871-1923, along with typescripts; a personal account book; receipts; temple recommend; microfilm copy of the diaries and an autobiography; photocopies of appraisal and accounts books for the chapter of the United Order in St. Joseph; minutes of United Order meetings; and typecript of correspondence. While most of the diary entries are one-liners narrating the author's daily activities in northern Arizona and occasional trips to Utah, others...
Dates: 1871-1923

Coleman family histories

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305390]
Identifier: MSS SC 796
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of typescripts. File contains excerpts from three documents, all originally compiled by Evans Coleman: "History of the Coleman Family;" "Saint Johns Purchase;" and "Biography of Emma Beck Coleman." These documents were originally compiled between 1938 and 1942, although all of them refer to events either in Missouri during the late 1830s or in Arizona during the 1880s.

Dates: 1942

Joseph Fish typescripts of histories and diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2010
Scope and Contents The Fish diaries cover his life from the 1840s to 1926. His histories of Arizona and his series on Pioneers of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region cover aspects of western history from 1500-1905. The Joseph Fish typescripts include: "The Diaries of Joseph Fish," Fish's "History of the Eastern Arizona Stake of Zion and the Establishment of the Snowflake Stake," a "History of Arizona Territory," volumes 4-7 of "Pioneers of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region," and "History of...
Dates: 1902-1970

From the halls of memory

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305507]
Identifier: MSS SC 798
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript. Author discusses his family's British roots; their acceptance of Mormonism while living in Birmingham, England, and their immigration to the United States. Tolton also describes his experiences during the Black Hawk War (Utah) and frontier life in Utah. His account goes into great detail about his involvement in territorial and state politics, his business ventures, family life, and his mission to Great Britain for the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1931

Andrew Smith Gibbons diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305473]
Identifier: MSS SC 789
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a typescript. Gap from 1858 to 1877. Author describes his travels through Arizona and Utah as well as his labors among the Indians.

Dates: 1858-1878

History of Robert Gardner, Jr. / written by himself at St. George, Utah

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305424]
Identifier: MSS SC 793
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Detailed account of frontier life in Canada; his family's conversion to Mormonism in the early 1840s; a trip to Nauvoo, Illinois, in June 1845; the trip across the plains to Utah in 1847; and life in pioneer Utah.Also includes account of the author's mission to Canada (1857-1858) and his subsequent recall because of the Utah War, along with his family's move to settle St. George, Utah. Ends with text of Gardner's patriarchal blessing, genealogical...
Dates: 1884

George S. Tanner papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305184]
Identifier: MSS SC 775
Scope and Contents Retrospective account transcribed by the author from his diary. Record of a revelation received by an unnamed Moenkopi Indian who prayed to know the truth about the Book of Mormon. He was told in a vision to believe the things his Mormon brethern had told him, and to obey their words. The Indian also saw the coming persecutions against the Mormon Church for polygamy and many other events as well. Author believed that most of what the Indian saw had come to pass by 1890.Entitled:...
Dates: 1881-1890

Joseph City : on the Little Colorado

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1094
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a typed draft of a book by George Shepard Tanner and Joseph Morris Richards. The work in a revised form was published in 1977 under the title: "Colonization on the Little Colorado: the Joseph City Region." The book is about Mormon settlement and colonization in the Little Colorado area of Northern Arizona.

Dates: 1972

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