Papers of Dr. Herbert Battles Tanner of Kaukauna, Wis., consisting of local history materials, records of business affairs in Wisconsin and Mexico, correspondence while state supervisor of illuminating oils, 1894-1900, and monthly reports of subordinate district oil inspectors, 1895-1897. The latter correspondence concerns appointments of these inspectors, and the gubernatorial campaigns of 1894 through 1900, and throws light on the relations between Tanner's office and the Standard Oil Company.
There is correspondence and printed material, 1901-1908, concerning the management of the Rio Tamasopo Sugar Company in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a company in which Tanner and a brother were financially interested, and correspondence, bills, and receipts, 1899-1903, connected with Tanner's operation of a Kaukauna drug store. Correspondence and miscellaneous material tell of Tanner's activities as Kaukauna's first health officer; as secretary of the Fox River Valley Medical Association; as a physician, with emphasis on his services as local representative of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and other corporations; as mayor of Kaukauna, 1888-1896; as an investor in the Kaukauna Electric Light Company; as an active member of the South Kaukauna Congregational Church; of his candidacy for Congress in 1900; and of his work on local history, particularly the career of Captain Hendrick Aupaumut, his own genealogy, and the Stockbridge and Menominee Indians.
Filed with the papers is a box containing documents from the office of a notary public near Mexico City dealing with lawsuits, 1739-1865; registers of electors in Kaukauna in 1896; and a ledger, 1894-1897, of a firm of Kaukauna druggists.
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