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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:

Perkins family newsletters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 772
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of "Hi-Lights," the official newsletter of the Jesse Nelson Perkins, Sr., family organization. Contains family news items, genealogical information, and biographical sketches of family members.

Dates: 1956-1957

Riding for the old C O Bar

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305382]
Identifier: MSS SC 797
Scope and Contents Paper written by Earle R. Forrest and read at the Fourth Annual Historical Convention sponsored by the University of Arizona and Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society, Tucson, March 15-16, 1963. Reminiscent account of working for various cattle companies in northern arizona during the 1880s and 1890s. Photocopies of typed excerpts from Forrest's paper and copy of an 1881 deed. The deed transfers title on 420 acres of land belonging to John W. Young (1844-1924) over to William T. Thornton and...
Dates: 1963

Andrew Locy Rogers papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 776
Scope and Contents

Includes autobiographies; reminiscences; letters; and biographical sketches of various family members. Discusses growing up in pioneer Utah; courtship and marriage; and life in the Mormon settlements in Arizona.

Dates: 1932

St. Joseph Ward Teacher's Quorum minutes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305358]
Identifier: MSS SC 778
Scope and Contents

Minutes, June 20, 1880-January 21, 1883, kept by John McLaws. Records discussions and business transacted at the meetings. Text comprises only 14 pages of a 94-page notebook and covers only eight meetings; the remainder for the book is blank.

Dates: 1880-1883

Levi Stewart letter from Kanab, to Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, Utah

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305499]
Identifier: MSS SC 787
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript. Short report to Brigham Young (1801-1877) on the efforts to organize the missionaries called to settle along the Little Colorado River. Includes list of prospective missionaries that Stewart recommended calling and a list of some who had agreed to go, but had not yet arrived in Kanab. The writer also requests counsel from Young on various matters pertaining to the mission.

Dates: Date not identified

Henry Martin Tanner letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305101]
Identifier: MSS SC 765
Scope and Contents

Two handwritten letters to Ammon Tenney describing the condition of the crops that season, availability of water, and the general health of the community of Joseph City. Tanner also offers Tenney words of consolation and comfort as Tenney is passing through a period of great difficulty in his life.

Dates: 1885

Ammon M. Tenney papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305614]
Identifier: MSS SC 800
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript. Includes a number of letters written to Tenney by such people as Brigham Young (1801-1877), Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898), and John W. Young (1844-1924) concerning the purchase of land at St. Johns, Arizona, for Mormon settlement, missionary work among the Indians, and obtaining work for Mormon settlers by bidding on raliroad contracts. Some of Tenney's replies are also included. Folder also includes typescript copy of Tenney's journal for 1875-1876.

Dates: 1874-1889

Tuba City, Arizona history

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305119]
Identifier: MSS SC 766
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript of a newspaper article that appeared July 24, 1932, in the Arizona Republic which discusses the history of the Mormon settlement in Tuba City and the settlement of the Navajos on a reservation in that area.

Dates: 1932 July 24

David King Udall papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305580]
Identifier: MSS SC 803
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescripts. Contains deed and transfer of title to Ammon M. Tenney, land agent for the Mormons, from Solomon and Morris Barth for land in St. Johns, Arizona and a written petition from the non-Mormons residents of St. Johns objecting to Mormon settlement in their area. Also includes a letter from LDS Church president John Taylor (1807-1887) confirming Udall's assignment as bishop over the St. Johns Ward and a letter from Udall to Marcus Baba de Padila, a local anti-Mormon...
Dates: 1879-1880

Westover family history

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305259]
Identifier: MSS SC 771
Scope and Contents

Holograph and photocopies of letter dated July 22, 1877, from Joanna Matilda Erickson Westover to her husband, Edwin Lycurgus Westover; a biographical sketch of Joanna Westover; and genealogical information on the Westover family. The biographical sketch was written by Joanna's granddaughter, Mary Westover Carroll.

Dates: 1967

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