Annie Clark Tanner Rental

Annie Clark Tanner Rental House
Annie Clark Tanner Rental House - 269 West State

National Register's Architecture Description

Built ca. 1912, this clapboard cottage is unique to the district. It is clad in horizontal wood clapboard siding that remains intact and a stone foundation. A new addition was added to the back of the house in 2018-2019.


Annie Clark Tanner was the only female child of Mormon pioneer Ezra T. Clark to build a home in the district. She built the home at 291 West State and this home next door as a rental. In her autobiography, A Mormon Mother, Annie wrote that she acted as general contractor, a rather unusual circumstance for a woman at that time. She was the oldest daughter and second child of 10 in the family of Ezra T. Clark's second wife in polygamy, Susan Leggett.

Annie's polygamous husband, Joseph Marion Tanner, squandered most of her inheritance and left her destitute in 1913 with eight children (two died in early childhood). Joseph Tanner asked her to sell her home at 291 West State to help finance his farm in Canada, but she refused. She built this rental house next door and rented rooms in the main house to famous orchestra musicians employed at Lagoon. She worked for neighbors - washing, scrubbing floors for 15 cents an hour to help her children to receive an education. Six of her children received a college education, including O.C. Tanner.

She wrote the following in her autobiography "I made arrangements for some lumber and built a little frame house, which was rented furnished, part of the time, and was an income for many years."