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CHARLES H. TURNER. We here represent one of the solid men of Fenton whose prominence and social worth give him an exceptional position. He was born in Ontario County, N.Y., July 2, 1827, and is a son of William and Mary E. (MILLER) TURNER, both natives of New York State. His father was a boot and shoe merchant and died in 1883 at the advanced age of eighty-two years, and the mother died in 1868. Our subject was their only child and after attending the public schools he was sent to the Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N.Y., and afterward too the Canandaigua Academy in Ontario County, N.Y.

In 1850 Mr. TURNER came to Michigan and established a boot and shoe business in Fenton which then contained a population of about two hundred, so that he is now the pioneer business man of this village. His marriage with Caroline VANDENBURG took place in 1850, and their five children are Will C., who graduated from the Michigan University in the Class of '75 and is now in business in New York City; J. Edward is married and lives in Detroit and is an undergraduate of Michigan University and now holds a prominent position in an extensive tobacco house; Charles L., who is also married, is in partnership with his father in business; Ida L., wife of Chester B. HAMILTON, lives in Fenton; she was a teacher in the public schools for several years; (the three last named are all graduates of Fenton High School), and one child died in infancy.

For ten years Mr. TURNER was President of the village; was Postmaster for eight years under Presidents POLK and BUCHANAN, and township Clerk for twelve years. Since the origin of Oakwood Cemetery Association he has been its President, and for thirty years has been a member of the Board of Education, and its secretary most of that time. He is special agent and adjustor for the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company, of Hartford, and represents several other prominent companies. Mrs. TURNER has been a prominent member of the Episcopal Church since the formation of that body here. She was born in Rensselaer County, N.Y., in 1832, and came to Michigan with her parents in 1848. She attended Mrs. WILLARD'S Seminary in Troy, N.Y., and, as a student, became very proficient in vocal music and the French language.

During the war Mr. TURNER employed about twenty-five men as he was then carrying on a boot and shoe factory, but as his men gradually dropped out too enlist in the army, he finally gave up manufacturing. Will C. TURNER, the eldest son, after graduating turned his attention too newspaper work, purchasing the Western Home Journal at Columbus, Ohio, which he enlarged and renamed the City and Country. During the ten years in which he was carrying on that paper he made a study of electricity and established the Edison system at Columbus, Ohio. He then sold his journal and went too New York and now holds a prominent position in one of the largest publishing houses there .

1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros.

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