During the late 1920's, they lived in Bloomington, Indiana, where Vernon was employed in janitorial services at Indiana University. It was in Bloomington that their first daughter Annis Laverne was born in 1927.
The family took up residence in Palestine, Illinois for a brief period, where Vernon worked as a fireman for Illinois Central Railroad. (Just for clarification, this job involved keeping the fires going in the steam boiler for a railway locomotive.) Vernon's father David was born in Clay County just to the west of Palestine, but I'm not sure whether this had any influence over their decision to move across the Wabash River into Indiana's neighboring state.
The family continued to move to different parts of Indiana through the '30s and '40s, in most cases involving new church pastoral responsibilities. He served at churches in Madison, Washington, and Vincennes.
The picture to the left shows Grandpa and Grandma Tanksley standing outside of the Vevay Tabernacle. Vevay is just east of Madison along the Ohio River. This picture appears to have been taken after the early forties, so I'm not sure if he was serving as a minister at this church or just attending.
Vernon also had a background in music. Aunt Wanda said he used to perform in dance halls before he went into the ministry. Though perhaps not a trained musician, his instruments included the trombone, accordion, violin and organ. His daughter Annis was also gifted at playing the piano.
From time to time, the family would gather on street corners near the church and perform. It was a sort of musical street evangelism.