Albert H. Turner, deputy auditor of Iowa county, is a native of this state, born in Benton county on the 17th
of March, 1861, a son of Joseph W. and Rachel (Leonard) Turner, the former a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
and the latter of Ohio. However, they were married in Ottawa, Illinois, where the mother had removed with her parents
as a girl and where the father had gone as a young man. Not long after their marriage they came westward to Iowa,
journeying by rail to Iowa City and thence by stage to Marengo, arriving here in January, 1858. They walked from
this city to their new home in St. Claire township, Benton county, where the paternal grandfather of our subject
had previously entered land. The parents, however, first lived in a log house on an adjoining farm, residing there
until the father could haul lumber from Iowa City and erect a home for himself and bride on the farm which was
to be their permanent home. They resided upon the homestead until March, 1913, when he sold the farm of two hundred
and thirty acres for fifty thousand dollars. They then removed to Marengo, where they are now living retired.
Albert H. Turner grew to manhood upon the homestead in Benton county and acquired his education in the district
schools in the neighborhood of the farm. He assisted his father with the work of cultivating the fields and caring
for the stock until he was twenty four years of age, when he was married and began his independent business career.
He rented land for some time but in 1894 was appointed postmaster of Watkins, Benton county, and held that office
for six years. In 1904 he was elected county auditor of Benton county, assuming the duties of that position on
the 1st of January of the following year, and he served for two terms, or four years; his reelection being proof
of the acceptability of his service. In 1909 he again turned his attention to farming and continued to follow agricultural
pursuits until the 1st of January, 1915, when he was appointed deputy county auditor of Iowa county, in which position
he is now serving. His thorough familiarity with the work to be done, his systematic habits and his tried integrity
make him an excellent man for the place.
On the 29th of January, 1885, Mr. Turner married Miss Anna Belle Springer, a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
and they have four children: Joseph A., who is farming in Benton county; Zed B., of Cedar Rapids; Lenore V., a
teacher in the Benton county schools; and Pauline B., who is attending school in Marengo.
Mr. Turner is a stanch supporter of the republican party and his advice is often sought in local party councils.
He and his wife attend the Presbyterian church and are always glad to cooperate in movements that seek the moral
betterment of their community. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is one of the
well known residents of Marengo and the city is the better for his residence in its midst, as he is a man of marked
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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