Biography of Le Grand M. Turner
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LE GRAND M. TURNER
Le Grand M. Turner, who was for many years engaged in farming and fruit raising near Hayward, is now practically retired. He was born at Veteran, Chemung county, New York, on the 8th of July, 1850, and is a son of Harvey and Jane (Morehouse) Turner, also natives of the old Empire state, where the father followed farming and was engaged in the breeding of fancy thoroughbred horses. In 1866 the family came west, making the trip by way of the Isthmus of Panama and settling in San Francisco. He was successful in financial affairs and, retiring from active pursuits, returned with his family to New York, where he lived until his death in 1910, at the age of eighty six years. His wife died there in 1909 at the age of eighty five years.

Le Grand M. Turner was reared and educated in his native state, remaining there until twenty one years of age. In October, 1873, he went to Traer, Tama county, Iowa, where he was caught in a blizzard for two days, after which he left that state and came to California. In 1874 he located in San Francisco, where he obtained a position as bookkeeper in a grain commission house, with which concern he remained for ten years. In 1888 he was married and soon afterward went to Napa county, this state, where he engaged in fruit raising until 1899, when he came to Hayward and settled on his present farm, which was then owned by his wife and was a portion of the old Winton estate, comprising eighty seven acres of good land. Here he made valuable improvements and devoted his attention to the development of a permanent home, living here to the present time. Though no longer actively engaged in farming, he and his wife and daughter Dorothy are deriving a good deal of pleasure, as well as profit, from the rabbit business on the home place. They have raised registered pedigreed winners of the Pacific strain of Himalayans since 1915, and now also have prize winning Havanas and Chinchillas, in the handling of which they have been very successful, some of their stock bringing fancy prices. They have taken silver cups at the San Jose rabbit show for the best display.

Mr. Turner has been married twice, first in 1888 to Miss Mary E. Winton, who was born in San Lorenzo, Alameda county, and was a daughter of Crayton Winton. To this union were born two children, Frank L. and Rose, the latter being deceased. The mother of these children died in 1904, and on June 16, 1906, Mr. Turner was married to Miss Florence M. Scott, who was born in Oakland, California, and is a daughter of Rev. Winfield and Helen L. (Brown) Scott, the former of whom was at one time pastor of the Baptist church in that city. Later he went to Arizona and became a member of the state legislature, in which he introduced an anti gambling bill and a bill regulating the liquor traffic. Though a republican politically, he was elected speaker of the democratic house, so highly regarded was he by those who knew him. Later he served as chancellor of the University of Arizona.

The towns of Winfield, Kansas, and Scottsdale, Arizona, were named in his honor. To Mr. and Mrs. Turner have been born two children, Dorothy and Winfield Scott.

Mr. Turner is a stanch republican in his political views and has always maintained a deep interest in everything relating to the welfare of his community. He has shown himself a good business man and is regarded as one of the solid and dependable citizens of his locality.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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