WILLIAM C. TANNER, of Bethel, Kansas, is recognized as one of the best stock men in Wyandotte county. For the past twenty-four years he has been manager of the largest stock farm in the county, the Huett farm, eight hundred acres in extent, and his long connection with the extensive operations of the place has given him a varied and valuable experience and made him an authority on many phases of his work.
Mr. Tanner is a native of the Buckeye State. He was born in Union county, Ohio, October 20, 1861, son of George and Hannah (Sidle) Tanner. His father, also a native of Ohio, born in 1841, moved with his family to Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1872, and settled on a farm, where he reared his children, and where he and his good wife spent the rest of their lives. She died in 1891, he, in 1903. Of their three children, Rebecca Jane is the wife of William J. Thompson, of Kansas City, Missouri; William C., the second in order of birth, is the subject of this sketch; and Charles W. is a resident of Topeka, Kansas.
The years between 1872 and 1883 William C. Tanner passed on his father's farm in Leavenworth county, where he became familiar with farm work and attended district school. In 1883 he came to Wyandotte county and obtained employment on the Huett Stock Farm, on which he has since remained, and of which, as above indicated, he has been manager for twenty-four years. Meanwhile he has invested in farm land, and is now the owner of one hundred and sixty acres, on which it is his intention in the near future to build a handsome home.
Mr. Tanner married, in 1887, Miss Louise Romanoff, a native of Leavenworth and a daughter of French parents who came from France to this country and settled at Leavenworth in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Romanoff are deceased, the latter having died in Lansing, Kansas, in 1906, at the age of seventy-seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner have five children, namely: Eugenia, Charles L., Walter Clinton, Gladys and Leonard Eugene. Miss Eugenia is now engaged in teaching school. Mr. Tanner is a Methodist and his wife is a Presbyterian. Politically he is a Republican and fraternally, is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp No. 6989, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, No. 88, of Bethel, and the Free and Accepted Masons, No. 385 of Piper.
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