|Young George H. Tannahill|
When he was a young man he moved with his widowed mother to Phillips Co., Kansas where they homesteaded adjoining farms. Prior to this time, another family had come to New Jersey from England, looking for a place to make their permanent home. While in New Jersey, a lovely little girl was born to Fredrick Robinson and his wife, Sarah. They named her Mary Evelyn. When she was a young girl her family moved to Springbrook, Pa. and then came on to Phillips Co., by covered wagon to settle on a homestead near George and his mother. On Oct. 5, 1881, Mary Evelyn Robinson became the bride of George Tannahill..
|George H. Tannahill and |
Mary Evelyn Robinson
Besides caring for her family of almost a dozen, Mary Evelyn boarded the country schoolteachers, one Susie Rollins and Mary McKown. The school known as the Tannahill Schoolhouse was also the place of Sunday morning worship. Out of this hospitality a romance blossomed, for Bert Tannahill married Susie Rollins on June 10, 1908. George served in the Kansas State Legislature from Phillips co. for three terms. In the year 1910 the family moved from their farm near Long Island, Kansas to a farm near Vernon where George and Eva resided until their deaths. This was also the year that Irma was born. He was again elected as Representative this time for Woodson Co. And served two terms.
Iva says, “Dad was a diligent worker for all projects for the good of the community, among them the Vernon Rural High School. Many a pupil received an education here, that never could have otherwise. Among them Vernon and Irma, also nine grandchildren were graduates of V.R.H.S.”
At one time George went to Washington to have the body of his father, William Tannahill moved from the Cemetery there, and brought to Nashua co. Cemetery near the Little Brown Church, but was informed that a body could not be removed from a national Cemetery. He went back to Iowa and had a tombstone erected for his father and markers for James Tannahill and his baby sister, Ella, who died when she was only 3 yrs. old.
Eva was a charming and gracious companion to George. Their home, overflowing with love and happiness, was noted far and wide, for it’s hospitality. They identified themselves with the Church and were active in the various organizations of the church and raised their children in this tradition
The Farmer Boys band was organized of neighborhood boys and numbered in the teens. Of this band, Fred played horn, Art, slide trombone and Bert was an accomplished musician on both the trumpet or cornet and also violin. Many an evening was spent at home with music as our entertainment and both Nettie and Anna played piano.
Our house was a Community gathering place, playing games of hide and seek in the big hay barn in summer and Puss-in-the-Corner and Fruit Basket Upset in the winter. The same was true after moving to Vernon but by this time the three older boys were in homes of their own”.
Tannahill, Mary Evelyn Robinson