Biography of C. C. Turney
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C. C. Turney was formerly engaged in blacksmithing and farming but is now living retired upon his farm on section 29, Richland township. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, April 27, 1840, a son of Daniel and Lovila (Wilcox) Turney, likewise natives of the Buckeye state. The paternal grandparents were natives of Maryland and for four generations the family has resided in this country, although the Turneys were originally French Huguenots. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, removed to Henry county, Iowa, in 1848 and followed agricultural pursuits there until his demise.

C. C. Turney attended school in Henry county, Iowa, until he was twenty years of age, when he began to learn the blacksmith's trade, which he followed for three years at a wage of twenty cents a day. He then began blacksmithing on his own account in Trenton, Iowa, and conducted a shop for about eight years. At the end of that time he removed to Saunders county, Nebraska. This was in 1871 and he found a great deal of land not yet under cultivation. He bought two hundred and forty acres of railroad land and also purchased a relinquishment on a homestead of eighty acres. For twenty five years he engaged in farming and during that time made many improvements. As the years passed his resources increased, as he was efficient and industrious and also practiced thrift, and at length he retired from active life, although still retaining his residence on the farm.

On the 21st of June, 1863, Mr. Turney was married to Miss Annie Greene, a daughter of James C. and Jane Greene, natives of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Turney, who was born in Henry county, Iowa, October 19, 1841, died October 16, 1909. She was the mother of two children, a son and daughter. Clarke, who is living in Ceresco, married Miss Susie Walters, and has two children: Ray, who attended the Wahoo high school and married Sadie Gold, by whom he has a son, Wade; and Rance, deceased. Jennie, the daughter of our subject, died when young.

Mr. Turney is a democrat but votes independently when he thinks that the candidate of some other party is better fitted for the office in question. For two years he served as county treasurer and in that connection made an excellent record He joined the Masonic lodge in Wayland, Iowa, the Odd Fellows lodge at Trenton, Iowa, and the encampment of the Odd Fellows at Mount Pleasant, that state. He has held all of the offices in the subordinate lodge and has the record of never having missed an initiation in his lodge. He attends services at the various churches and conforms his life to high standards of morality. He has not only gained a competence but has also won the sincere esteem and the goodwill of those with whom he has been brought in contact.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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