A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
EVERETT W. FANNON, superintendent of schools at Centerville, is an educator of superior attainments and his influence has been a very constructive one and he is regarded as an indispensable asset to the cultural activities of his home community.
Mr. Fannon was born at Eldora, Iowa, May 7, 1889, son of Augustus E. and Sarah E. (Brown) Fannon. His father was of French and Irish ancestry, though the family has been in America for generations. One of the connections of the Fannon family is Hon. Chase S. Osborn, former governor of the State of Michigan and a noted scientist and writer. Sarah E. (Brown) Fannon was a descendant of Charles Pym, a parliamentary leader whose activities made him one of the foremost characters in English history at the time of Oliver Cromwell. Everett W. Fannon grew up in Eldora, Iowa, graduated from high school there in 1908, then taught school for a year in Hardin County and in 1913 was graduated from Drake University in the liberal arts course. Mr. Fannon is endowed with several interesting gifts and talents, conspicuous among them being that of music. While at Drake University he had a thorough musical education, taking special vocal culture, and at the conclusion of his university career became a member of the male quartette known as the "Meister Singers," an organization that traveled widely and enjoyed a tremendous popularity on the concert stage. Mr. Fannon for three years was with the Redpath Bureau in Chautauqua and Lyceum work, and later headed his own company, known as the Fannon Concert Company, which filled engagements in all parts of the United States.
Mr. Fannon resumed his work in the educa-Club, and has twice held the city championship of schools at Liscomb, Iowa, and in 1918, accepted the call to Centerville as principal of schools, and five years later was promoted to superintendent. Mr. Fannon has shown a rare degree of enthusiasm in educational work, and his versatile talents have made him a splendid influence in the schools and the community at Centerville. He possesses a high degree of literary and musical culture and in 1922 was awarded the Master of Arts degree by the University of Iowa.
He married at Des Moines in 1914 Miss Bessie May Tatham, of Jewell, Iowa, who graduated in 1913 from the fine arts department of Drake University, and for several years taught in the Lutheran College at Jewell. Her father, Martin Van Buren Tatham, was an early settler of Hamilton County. Mr. and Mrs. Fannon have three children: Roger, who died in infancy; Muriel, attending the Centerville High School; and James Chase.
Mrs. Fannon shares many of the special tastes and interests of Mr. Fannon, and both have been very prominent in the social, religious and education circles of Centerville. Mrs. Fannon is president of the Outlook Study Club and is a member of the Delphian Club. Mr. Fannon is university belonged to the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa educational society, the Masonic fraternity and the Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce. He and his family are active Presbyterians and for several years he has been elder in the church and director of the church music.
For all his devotion to music and literature, Mr. Fannon is a thorough outdoor man, and is found of wholesome athletics and has done much to promote good athletic standards in school. He is a past president of the Centerville Country Club, and has twice held the city championship in golf and in 1929 won the championship in Southern Iowa. He has also been a formidable tennis player in his section of the state.