Nelson G. Tanner. - As a successful building contractor and lumber dealer, Nelson B. Tanner is prominent among
Oswego's young business men. He was born at Aitmar, Oswego County, Aug. 10, 1896, the son of William and Elizabeth
William Tanner, deceased, was interested in the building and contracting business for a number of years and at
the time of his death was carpenter foreman in the maintenance and ways department of the New York Central Railroad.
He died in 1910 and his wife died in 1906. Mr. Tanner was a Republican and held numerous village offices. He was
a member of the Methodist Church and the Sons of Veterans His father, Lansing Tanner, was a soldier in the Civil
War. To Mr. and Mrs. Tanner were born six children: 1. Mamie, married David Tanner, lives at Williamstown, N. Y.
2. Earl, lives at Watertown. 3. Roy, lives at Syracuse. 4. Herbert, lives at Oswego. 5. Nelson G., the subject
of this sketch. 6. Lillian, married Floyd Welbourne, lives at Watertown. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner are buried in the
After his graduation from Oswego High School, Nelson G. Tanner spent three years as a carpenter in the employ of
the New York Central Railroad. In 1919 he established his present contracting business, and is recognized as one
of the city's leading builders. On July 1, 1929, he purchased the business of the Farmers Lumber & Supply Company
at 180-82 East Tenth Street, and he is a leading lumber dealer of the city.
On May 23, 1917, Mr. Tanner married Miss Ruth Desens, of Oswego, the daughter of Richard and Bertha (Noftz) Desens,
natives of Germany. The former died in 1896 and the latter lives at Oswego. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner have two daughters:
1. Doris Ruth, born Feb. 2, 1919. 2. Jean, born Dec. 1, 1922.
Mr. Tanner is a member of the West Baptist Church. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and belongs to the Kiwanis
Club. Politically he is a Republican.
Alvin Potter, uncle of Mr. Tanner, served throughout the Civil War.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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