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
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.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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