native of Canton. They were the parents of ten children, eight of whom died in infancy.
In 1870 the family consisting of father, mother and two daughters came to Norfolk, Nebraska. The move was made because Mr. Hurford had brothers living in Omaha, where they had a store. One of the brothers was also a member of the Norfolk Mill Company. Through him Hurford went to work at the sore owned by this company in Norfolk.
In 1875 he came to Battle Creek, built and owned the first drug store in this town. He operated it until a year before his death, when failing health made him turn it over to his daughter, Mrs. Edward Tanner and her husband, Dr. Edward Tanner.
Always interested in civic affairs he promoted a literary society and a debating society. He was the first secretary of the Union Cemetery. County offices held by him were Supervisor from Battle Creek and Superintendent of Schools for Madison County.
He died at his home in Battle Creek in 1894. His survivors included his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Edward Tanner and Mrs. George Berry, and one grandchild. His widow died in 1919 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Berry. Mrs. Tanner died in 1920 and her sister Mrs. Berry Tanner in 1946.
—Mrs. J. B. Dufphy
DR. EDWARD TANNER
Dr. Edward Tanner was born at Lacona, New York, February 6, 1855. He was the son of Charles and Mary (Hanner) Tanner. His father came to New York State from England in 1841 and his mother from Wales at about the same time. They were married in 1843 at Herkimer, New York. Later they moved to a farm in a township called Boylsten in the eastern part of the state not far from Lake Ontario. They were the parents of nine children.
Dr. Tanner attended a rural school and later went to Union College at Schenectady. He received his medical education at the University of New York City from which he was graduated in 1879.
He came to Battle Creek in 1881 where he was a practicing physician for fifty-four years.
He was married in 1882 to Laura Hurford, daughter of a pioneer druggist in Battle Creek. They had one daughter Helen. His wife died in 1920 and in 1922 he married his wife's sister, Mary Berry, widow of George Berry.
He died January 29, 1935 at his home in Battle Creek. He was survived by his widow, his daughter Mrs. J. B. Dufphey, and three grandchildren. His widow continued to live in her home until her death in 1946.
—Mrs. J. B. Dufphy