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TANNER, Merlin

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TANNER, Merlin J.

Nomination Letter for Iowa State Bowling Association Hall of Fame


TANNER, Merlin. (Nov. 19, 1914-- ). Tanner began bowling in 1942. By 1948 he was the secretary-treasurer of three 14 team leagues, a position he held for 15 years. He was elected to the board of directors of the Dubuque Bowling Association in 1946 and served as president during the 1948-49 season. In 1953 he was elected secretary-treasurer of the Dubuque Bowling Association and held that position for 23 years. He was the tournament manager of the Oakland Dairy Holiday Tournament for 17 years.

Tanner bowled in more than 20 ABC Tournaments and had a high score of 675 in the singles and 1886 in the all-events. As of 1975 he had competed in 32 Iowa State Tournaments and his team in 1956 finished in 2nd place just three pins out of first. He was a delegate to the Iowa State Bowling Association meeting thirty times. He was instrumental in establishing the Junior Bowling Program in Dubuque and was a Certified Junior Bowling Coach.

As of 1975 Tanner had competed in 33 consecutive Dubuque City Tournaments winning the team title twice and the doubles title once.

Tanner was a member of the Dubuque 700 Club and the National 700 Club. He had three 700 series to his credit--704-700-709. His high game was 290 and he had over a dozen 279 games.

Tammer was inducted into the DUBUQUE BOWLING ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME in 1967 and the Iowa Bowling Hall of Fame in March, 1978. On May 10, 1977 he was named a Life Member of the Dubuque Bowling Association.