JAMES M. TANNER, Louisville, was born in Warrick County, Ind., June 8, 1839, and is a brother of Hon. John K. Tanner, of Louisville. He spent most of his life on the farm, and attended the common schools in the Hoosier State. He came to Clay County in September, 1866, which has since been his home. In 1881, he quit the farm and engaged in the saw mill business, and is well he did, for in thus doing he gave employment to many whose crops entirely failed that year, and thus kept them above want. He does a very extensive business, and is prospering finely. Mr. Tanner was married, December 25, 1860, to Mary J. Tanner, a daughter of John B. Tanner (of the same name but no relation). They had five children, but one of whom is living-Viola. Mrs. Tanner died in September, 1869, and he married Mrs. Matilda J. Missenhimmer, a daughter of Matthias Sappingfield (deceased), and the widow of David Missenhimmer; she had three children by Mr. Missenhimmer, but one of whom is living - Hiram K. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner have had five children; but two of these are living-Loretta M. and Lillie U. Mr. Tanner was a soldier in the late war in Company I, Thirteenth Regiment Illinois Cavalry, and participated in the battles of Helena, siege and taking of Vicksburg, and others. He is now a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and also of the Christian Church.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 156.