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Tanner, George S.



  • Existence: 1917-2006

Biographical History

George S. Tanner (1917-2006) was a construction manager and Mormon 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 Mormon history 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:

Account book and letters published in the "Deseret News"

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 767
Scope and Contents Collection includes a copy of a handwritten account book, "Personal Account Book of John McLaws, Joseph City, Arizona;" a typescript volume of letters from colonists which appeared in the "Deseret News," describing in detail the history and development of the Mormon settlements on the Little Colorado River; and a copy of a hand-drawn map of Sunset, Arizona (1881).
Dates: 1881-1931

William Coleman Allen biography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 769
Scope and Contents Photocopy of short typewritten biography. Crossed the plains to Utah with the pioneers as a child in 1847, settled with family in Mill Creek Canyon and, in 1851, in Draper. In 1876, called by Brigham Young to head the colonization of the Little Colorado River settlements in Arizona. Moved back to Draper in 1884.
Dates: 1843-1917

Andrew Amundsen journal

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 786
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Author describes the trip from the Lehi, Utah, area in company with his fellow missionaries to Moencopi, Arizona, where the group farmed, lived among the Indians, learned their language, and taught them about the Mormon Church. Amundsen also records his impressions of the Indians as a people and gives a day-by-day account of the Mormons' relations with them, as well as providing descriptions of various sites the group explored for potential settlement by Mormon...
Dates: 1873

Arizona historian tells of early 'Mormon' settlement in that section : gives high praise to pioneers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 804
Scope and Contents Partial transcript of a speech given by McClintock at an LDS stake conference in Phoeniz, Arizona, February 6, [1920]. Reviews the role of the Mormon pioneers in settling Arizona and their accomplishments.
Dates: approximately 1920

Transcription of the Averett Family ledger book

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1303
Scope and Contents Narrative of the history of members of the Averett family, including conversion, activities in Far West and Nauvoo, emigration westward, and settlement and activities in Utah Territory. The transcription was entrusted to P.T. Reilly.
Dates: 1972

Jesse O. Ballenger letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 795
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typescripts of four letters by Ballenger, three addressed to President Brigham Young and one to Apostle John Taylor outlining conditions in the settlement at Sunset Crossing, Arizona. Content includes relationship with local Native American tribes. Dated 1876-1877.
Dates: 1876-1877

John A. Blythe journal

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 780
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Describes his trip from Salt Lake City to the site of Joseph City and daily life in the United Order in that town. The diary also discusses the author's departure on a supply trip to Salt Lake City and concludes with his arrival in St. George, Utah en route.

A one-page autobiographical sketch entitled "History of John A. Blythe, From his birth to Feb. 3rd, 1876" is also included.
Dates: 1876-1877

John Law Blythe papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 791
Scope and Contents File includes copies of a handwritten biographical sketch of Blythe, written by one of his granddaughters, Pearl Elizabeth Mitchell Boyce; typescripts of some of Blythe's 1874 letters to Brigham Young (1801-1877) reporting on the progress of the Arizona mission and relations with the Indians; a diary covering 1857-1874 as well as extracts from 1870 and 1878-1880.The 1857-1874 diary describes Blythe's conversion to the Mormon Church in California; emigrating to Utah; and daily life...
Dates: 1870-1880

A brief sketch of the pioneer life of Lois A. Smith Bushman

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 792
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Although intended to be a biographical sketch of Lois Bushman, manuscript includes a great deal of information about her husband, John, and the author as well. Covers the conversion of Lois's family to the Mormon Church in 1844; their trek across the plains to Utah; their subsequent move to establish Mormon settlements in eastern Arizona in 1876; and life on the Utah and Arizona frontier.
Dates: 1937

Thomas Walter Brookbank reminiscences

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 799
Scope and Contents Consists of three separate manuscripts: "Religious Experiences of Thomas Walter Brookbank," "Travels and Threads of Experience," and "A Soldier's Recollections." These autobiographies recount the author's early life and conversion to Mormonism, his experiences in the Civil War (1861-1865), life in Utah and the Mormon settlements in eastern Arizona, and missionary activities in New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, and Great Britain.
Dates: 1922