Biography of John F. Hanna
Riverside County, CA Biographies





JOHN F. HANNA
A representative citizen of Riverside who has won for himself a name for honest effort in promoting the welfare of his adopted city is J. F. Hanna. He was born in Crawford county, Ohio, September 18, 1847, into the home of his parents, Samuel and Catherine A. Hanna. The father was born September 22, 1820, and died January 3, 1868, while yet in the prime of life, leaving an inheritance of a good name to his son. John F. attended the public schools of Crawford, Ohio, until he was seventeen years of age, at which time he entered the Academy in Savannah, Ohio, taking a two year course. In 1868, upon the death of his father, he took charge of the home farm and remained there until 1876, when he removed to Biggsville, Ill., and superintended one of the farms owned by his father in law, David Rankin, and four years later he went to Tarkio, Mo., and engaged in the general merchandise business, also carrying on farming with good success until 1903. The above date marks his removal to Riverside, Cal., although he did not relinquish his home in Tarkio for some years. In the new home he had selected he bought a ten acre tract which is planted in oranges and by careful and painstaking effort he realized a neat profit from them. He still owns twelve hundred acres of land near Tarkio, Mo., which is improved with a modern house and the land is under a high state of cultivation. This farm is under the direct supervision of his son, John Winfield.

On June 22, 1876, occurred the marriage of John F. Hanna and Annette V. Rankin, the eldest daughter of the late David Rankin, who gained world wide fame for his success as a farmer and of whom a short sketch follows. Of this union two sons were born, Charles R., a graduate of Princeton University, owns an alfalfa ranch of sixty acres near Riverside, and John Winfield, also a graduate of Princeton, is engaged in the banking business at Tarkio, Mo., and is secretary of the D. Rankin Corporation and looks after his father's interests at Tarkio.

In politics Mr. Hanna is a Republican. He was elected by his townsmen as councilman from the fourth ward, serving with efficiency in that capacity. With his family he is associated with the United Presbyterian Church.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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