Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN TINNER, who resides seven and one-half miles northwest from Almira, was born in Ray county, Missouri, on August 1, 1847.  His parents, William and Abbie (Odell) Tinner, were natives of Tennessee and early settlers of Missouri.  The father was a veteran of the Mexican War.  They died when our subject was but seven years of age and he was thrown out on the unsympathetic world to find his way from tender childhood up.  The result was that he had very little opportunity to gain an education but is rich in experience in the ways of the world.  He remained in his native country, engaged in farming and in various occupations until 1889, when he moved to Douglas county and settled on a pre-emption, where he resides at the present time.  He has a fine stock of cattle and horses and does general farming, being one of the industrious men of that section.  Mr. Tinner has one brother, William.
     In Missouri, on June 5, 1881, occurred the marriage of John Tinner and Miss Nancy Mullennix.  Her parents, James and Elizabeth (Powell) Mullennix, were natives of Tennessee.  She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 4, 1861, and has two brothers and one sister, George, James B., and Mrs. Sarah Leach.  To this marriage the following children have been born; James W., on March 10, 1882; Mamie L., on November 5, 1883; John A., January 5, 1885; Ella O., December 30, 1886; Elizabeth, May 20, 1888; Leonard E., September 7, 1889; Earl C., June 8, 1891; Myrtle B., May 25, 1893; Beulah F., July 2, 1898; and Annie Violet, July 23, 1902.
     Mr. Tinner has done his share to develop and build up the Big Bend country and is to be classed as one of its respected and progressive citizens.