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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     MICHAEL TANNER was born in Sauk county, Wisconsin, August 5, 1865, and at an early age went with his parents to Buffalo county, Wisconsin, where he grew to manhood on a farm, acquiring meantime a good common school education.  In the spring of 1882 he came to Cheney, Washington, where he worked on salary for a time, and the year following took a homestead near Mondovi.  He had a hard time in gaining a start here, since he came without means, and was compelled to draw his produce a great distance to market.  This was a difficult and disagreeable task, since the country was at that time very sparsely settled and the roads in poor condition.  In 1893 he sold his homestead and purchased his present home three miles southwest of Davenport, where he owns eight hundred acres, about half of which is adapted to cultivation.  He has his land well improved by fencing, buildings, and so forth, a good orchard, and an abundance of water in two wells, each of which is surmounted by a windmill and pump.  He raises some grain, but devotes his attention principally to dairying and the raising of celery for market.  He has a large herd of dairy cattle, and sells great quantities of milk at Davenport.  He practically supplies the markets of Davenport and surrounding towns, with celery, which he raises of the finest quality.  For the past three years his celery has taken the first prize at the Lincoln county fairs, and has a reputation far and wide.
     Mr. Tanner in fraternal circles is known as a member of the K. of P. and A. O. U. W. lodges of Davenport.  In Davenport he maintains a handsome residence where his family lives during the school season.
     Meinrad and Anna (Kintchi) Tanner, father and mother of Michael, were born in Switzerland, came to the United States, settled for a time in Wisconsin and came to Spokane in 1885, where the father died in February, 1902, aged seventy-three years.  The mother is still living in Spokane, and is now seventy-two years old.
     Michael Tanner was married in 1886, to Caroline Kaeser, a native of Wabasha county, Minnesota.  Her parents were John J. and Barbara Kaeser, both natives of Switzerland.  Her father is now living in Spokane, where Mrs. Kaeser died in the fall of 1903.
     The issues of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Tanner have been five in number, as follows, Cora C., Evalyn, Libby, Joseph W., and Raymond M.
 


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