Biography of Vic E. Hanny
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VIC E. HANNY, whose slogan, "It you don't know Vic Hanny you ought to:" has made the originator one of the best known figures in Arizona, and his unique methods of advertising, in which catchy slogans dealing with common sense and backed up by honest methods and fair values has made his store one of the best known and most popular men's clothing and furnishing stores in the state. Mr. Hanny arrived in Phoenix about a quarter of a century ago, but soon left for Tucson. He came to Arizona with plenty of confidence, a pleasing personality and a determination to make a success of the clothing business, and to this end worked in various capacities, including salesman, clerk and drummer, having covered Arizona on the road for several years, making acquaintances and a reputation as a booster. He was first associated in Tucson with Harry A. Drachman in the shoe business, and later in the firm of Brannen & Hanny. That his confidence in his ability to make good was well founded has been proven by the fact that he has now one of the finest stores of its kind in the Southwest, and a business that is growing. Vic Hanny received his education mainly by contact with the world and in the school of experience. Although he enjoys a large acquaintance and many friends in the many cities in which he has resided, he has never held any public office. As member of the Pima County Republican Central Committee, he took a prominent part in politics, but the urging of his friends and the importuning of the party leaders were futile in their efforts to have him accept a nomination for office. "Vic" Hanny is a charter member of Phoenix Lodge 335, B. P. O. E., and the founder of Tucson Lodge 385, having been chosen as Exalted Ruler of that organization in 1903. He is a life member of the order. He is also a member of Arizona Consistorv No. 1, Tucson, and El Zaribah Temple A. A. O. N. M. S. He was born in Cairo, Ill., September 26, 1873, and married in Buffalo, N. Y., to Miss Alice Hughes, daughter of John Hughes, one of the best known men of that city. He was one of President McKinley's party when the President was shot. Mr. Hanny's home is in Phoenix, where he takes a prominent part in the life of the city. They have three children, John Hughes, Florence Mary and Alice Gaither. A booster by nature, an Arizona booster from conviction, of genial disposition and enjoying a large circle of friends, this well known merchant is on the road to success, but all his prosperity he attributes to advertising, and not a week passes that he does not let the people hear something about Vic Hanny, who sells furnishings and clothes for men.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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