Diamond Dick Tanner, Norfolk, NE
Richard Tanner was well-respected as a physician in Norfolk, Nebraska from 1910 to around 1930. His flowing locks of silver hair, waxed handlebar mustache and formidable facial features instilled confidence in his patients; although some considered him slightly eccentric. “Handsome and debonair” were often used to describe him. Tanner’s charismatic charm combined with his advertised scientific research, his claim to be an inventor and apparent knowledge of the medical profession made him a favorite of the local clientele, especially his female patients.
Few, if any of his regular patients had any idea of his flamboyant past.
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