Among the progressive and well to do farmers of Sumner township is Albert Tanner, who was born in Johnson county,
Iowa, on the 10th of September, 1855. His parents, John U. and Mary Ann (Reinhart) Tanner, were both born in Switzerland,
whence they emigrated to the United States as a young man and young woman, making the journey in company with the
mother's parents. They were married in Ohio and in the fall of 1854, or the spring of 1855, they came to Iowa,
locating on a farm in Johnson county. They resided there until 1870, when they removed to Iowa county, buying one
hundred and sixty acres of land in Pilot township. Subsequently the father sold that farm and bought the quarter
section in Sumner township on which our subject now resides. The mother passed away upon this farm and the father
subsequently made three trips to Switzerland. Following his last return to Iowa he took up his abode in Johnson
county, where he lived until his death.
Albert Tanner received his education in the district schools and remained at home, assisting his father, until
1879. In that year he rented land in Pilot township, which he cultivated for two or three years, and at the end
of that time he was in a position to buy eighty acres of land in Pilot township, which he operated for five or
six years. He then traded it in on the homestead, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres. He has since resided
upon that place and has further developed and improved the property. While still living in Pilot township he purchased
a threshing outfit, which he operated for nine years. He has added to the homestead, which comprises one hundred
and sixty acres, and now holds title to two hundred and eighty acres of as fine land as any in Iowa county. He
is very industrious and since he gives much thought to planning his work, he avoids waste of time or energy.
In March, 1879, Mr. Tanner married Miss Jennie M. Davis, of Pilot township. Her father, John Davis, was one of
the pioneers of Sumner township, where he located on emigrating to the United States from England. He enlisted
in the Union army for service in the Civil war and died while at the front. His wife, who bore the maiden name
of Rachel Parker, was also a native of England. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner became the parents of two children: Thomas
Edgar, who farms part of the land belonging to our subject; and Albert Raymond, who operates the home farm. Mrs.
Tanner passed away on the 28th of September, 1911, but the good influence of her life remains.
Mr. Tanner holds membership in the Old Ohio Methodist Episcopal church and his life is guided by high principles
of morality. He is a stockholder in the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company and is recognized as one of the substantial
and representative citizens of Sumner township.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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