Personal, business, and family papers of Kenneth Boyd Tanner, a sugar plantation manager in San Luis Potosi, Mexico before World War I, then an insurance businessman and civic leader in Eastland, Texas. Included are papers concerning several family members as well.
Correspondence concerns Tanner's experiences as a student at the University of Wisconsin (1900-1904), as an officer candidate in Kentucky during World War I, and as a Republican Party leader in Eastland in the 1950s. Letters written while managing the Rio Tamasopo Sugar Company plantation owned by his family deal with the problems caused by the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and later political turmoil. Family letters concern health, mutual acquaintances, events in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, where Tanner was born, and experiences of his daughter, Dolores Tanner Vachliotis, while with the Hedgerow Theater in Pennsylvania in the 1940s and 1950s.
Also present are genealogies of the Lawe, Boyd, Battles, Ford, and Tanner families; writings by Tanner's father, Herbert Battles Tanner; and information on a distant relative, Father Charles Francis de Vivaldi.
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