Jack Edwin Tanner

21 September 1926–17 January 1973 (Age 46)
Oppelo, Conway, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Jack Edwin

When Jack Edwin Tanner was born on 21 September 1926, in Oppelo, Conway, Arkansas, United States, his father, Willie William Tanner, was 24 and his mother, Elsie or Elay Little, was 22. He married Janice Faye Hilderbrand on 18 February 1957, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He died on 17 January 1973, in California, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States.

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Jack Edwin Tanner
Janice Faye Hilderbrand
Marriage: 18 February 1957

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    Janice Faye Hilderbrand


18 February 1957
Los Angeles, California, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 8

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Age 15

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English and Dutch: occupational name for a tanner of skins, Middle English tanner, Middle Dutch taenre. (The Middle English form derives from Old English tannere, from Late Latin tannarius, reinforced by Old French taneor, from Late Latin tannator; both Late Latin forms derive from a verb tannare, possibly from a Celtic word for the oak, whose bark was used in the process.)2 Swiss and German: habitational name for someone from any of several places called Tanne (in the Harz Mountains and Silesia) or Tann (southern Germany).3 Finnish: topographic or ornamental name from Finnish tanner ‘open field’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Jack Tanner in household of Bill Tanner, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Jack Tanner in household of William Tanner, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jack Edwin Tanner, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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