Hon. Fred G. Turner, representative of his district in the state legislature and a prominent farmer of English
township, Iowa county, was born in Dane county, Wisconsin, on the 2d of October, 1865, a son of James and Laura
J. (Clark) Turner. Although the father was a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, and the mother of New Hampshire, they
were married in Wisconsin, where they had removed as a young man and young woman. In October, 1866, they came to
Iowa county, Iowa, and located upon a part of the farm now in the possession of our subject. They continued to
reside there until called from this life, the demise of the father occurring in April, 1896, and that of the mother
in April, 1905.
Fred G. Turner was reared upon the homestead in this county and received his education in the district schools
of its vicinity. Upon reaching his majority his father took him into partnership and they farmed together for a
number of years. As time passed, however, the father retired more and more from the operation of the farm and our
subject gradually assumed the control and management of the work. Following the demise of the father Mr. Turner
of this review purchased the home farm of three hundred and forty acres from the estate and subsequently purchased
an adjoining one hundred and sixty acres, so that his property now comprises five hundred acres in one body. It
is all under cultivation and everything about the place is kept in excellent condition. He uses scientific methods
in the operation of his farm and gives the same care to the management of the financial phase of farming that a
business man gives to his business, seeking always to eliminate waste and to secure the largest net profit possible.
In 1893 occurred the marriage of Mr. Turner and Miss Delia Troger, and their children are, Blanche Irma, Grace
Marvel, Laura June and Fred Donald. Mr. Turner has supported the republican party since age conferred upon him
the right of franchise and he is one of the recognized leaders of that organization in this part of the state.
At the November election of 1914 he was chosen as state representative from his district, his fellow citizens thus
recognizing his grasp of public affairs, his keenness of insight and his loyalty to the public weal. He has held
a number of local offices, was for ten years a member of the board of trustees and for twenty five years has been
president of the school board. He is identified with North English Lodge, No. 256, K. P., and is also a loyal and
consistent member of the Christian church, of which he is an elder and to which his wife likewise belongs. He has
met with signal success as an agriculturist and has also prospered as a stock raiser. He is a representative of
that type of man who, while looking carefully after his private affairs and winning financial independence, also
finds time to devote to matters of public concern and cooperates with measures seeking the well being of his community.
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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