|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1886|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 1977|
Obituary written by Paul Turner: Ira Otis Turner was born March 23, 1886 in Hardin County, Ohio, one of four children of Franklin and Catherine (Reed) Turner. When he was two years old the family moved to Beloit, Kansas, where his father undertook to sell sewing machines on the frontier. Here Mr. Turner began his education in a one-room country school similar to one which in recent years was moved from Beloit to California by Knott's Berry Farm to be part of their Frontier Town. In 1897 the family returned to Ohio, making the trip by covered wagon. After sojourns in Decatur and Delaware Counties the family came to live in the edge of Randolph County north of Economy. Here Mr. Turner met Bertha Ann Marshall, daughter of Orlando and Matilda Marshall. They were married November 17, 1908 and after living briefly in Richmond and on the Jacksonburg Road lived on and farmed the Marshall homestead for thirty-five years before retiring to Economy. After Bertha Turner's death in 1963, Mr. Turner married Rena M. Jones of Farmland in 1966.
Mr. Turner was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Johnson, of Cicero and he is survived by the widow, by sons Albert of LaPorte, Alden of Indianapolis, Clarence of Stony Brook, N.Y. and Paul of Philadelphia, PA, by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, by a step-daughter, Ruby Ludwig of Parker and by numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived also by cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dad Turner (Otis) remembers the migration back from Kansas which was somewhat unusual. They came in a covered wagon and were on the road about a month. He recalls when they drove into Ada, Ohio and out to the north of Ada to a tile factory owned by Erastus and Howard Turner, granddad's brothers. The clay for the factory came from a farm owned by Howard. The home place (that of Isaac B. Turner) was north of Ada to the first place on the west side. Samuel Turner, another brother, and family were living with Grandfather Isaac. The Frank Turners lived that winter ( 1897-98) in a house owned by the Tressel family (Alice Tressel was married to Erastus and Dora Tressel to Howard - sisters married brothers). When Samuel moved out the Frank Turners moved in and lived with Grandfather for two seasons.
In the fall of 1899 they moved to Dunkirk,Ohio and Frank Turner worked in a stone quarry nearby (the wage being 15 cents per hour). They lived in Dunkirk about 1901. Dad remembers well when the Pennsylvania Railroad company put through a second track and made plenty of work for many folks. Even Dad, a lad, got a job carrying water to the men at $1.00 per day, big wages for a half-grown boy. He said that year McKinley was assassinated at the Buffalo, New York Exposition and he remembers a freight train passing through Dunkirk stopped for a time out of respect for the President.
In the fall of 1901-02, the family moved to Decatur County, Indiana where Frank had purchased 120-130 acre farm. Part of the land lay along Sand Creek. They put out three crops before moving to Eaton, Indiana. Reminiscing recently Dad Turner said, "I believe we could have made a go of it there but Dad (Frank) was no farmer." In June, 1904, they gave up on farming and moved to Eaton, Indiana where Frank had traded the farm for three town properties. This was the time of the big gas boom in Indiana and Otis worked in a bottle factory there. His job was to take bottles off the conveyor after they went through the furnace for tempering.
The spring of 1905 found them on the road again this time to a farm in Randolph County - north of the Wayne County line where Dad worked around in the neighborhood during the summer. In the spring of 1906 Dad went to work in Richmond a short time at the F and N Lawnmower plant and later he was urged by a friend to go to the old Gaar Scott plant and try to run a boring machine for 30 cents per hour.
It was about this time that Otis met Bertha Ann Marshall and they were married on 17 Nov 1908 at the Methodist parsonage in Economy. For the first and only period thus far in her life Bertha lived away from the Marshall family farm home. They lived in Richmond, Indiana on Sheridan St, and when the time came for the birth of their first child (Paul) in Dec, 1909, she journeyed to Ann Arbor, Mich. in order to have the services of her cousin, Dr. Mark Marshall who was an outstanding doctor of that day. This must have been a trying ordeal for the young people - a card received about that time by the young wife reads:
My dear wife: Will drop you this card this eve; it has been cold today was 12 below zero this morning. Made $3.13 today. I haven't been home yet from work but came to the post office to get more stamps and to mail this card. Hope you are not freezing. I was home at noon to fix the fire so things would not freeze. Things are all right yet but I will be mighty glad when you get back. Goodbye, your husband with all my love for you.
This first child, Paul Orlando, was born 1 Jan. 1910. His birth certificate states that his father was a machinist. When Paul was a few months old they moved to the "Shaw place" on the Jacksonburg Road April, 1910. Dad worked with Newman Mendenhall (his brother-in-law)
In October, 1910, Orlando Marshall offered Dad and Mom the home place and although they were not sure they wanted it-without much ado they moved back to her old home.
All their productive years they lived on the same farm and although there were many lean years they were able to live out the Great Depression of the 30's and to approach retirement with the farm "out of the red," having reared four sons all whom were college graduates. They retired in 1944 and lived happily in their little home in Economy, Ind. still being able to travel about, visit with their children, and continue to live useful lives.
In 1958 they celebrated 50 years of married life and many friends and relatives gathered to help make of it a very memorable occasion. They were returning from one of their many little trips when Bertha became ill and suffered a stroke. She was ill for about 4 1/2 years before death came. Her mind was alert, her speech unaffected but she had to depend on he who had been such a faithful husband and father all the years to care for her. And, a simply magnificent job he did!! Watching, many folks came to know what "faithful" means.
Although there was a Quaker heritage on two sides of Mom Turner's family, the Turners chose to go to the Methodist Church in Economy, where they were helpful members of the church. Otis sang in the choir.
Augustus Franklin Turner (1851 - 1941)
Catharine Reed Turner (1853 - 1932)
Bertha Marshall Turner (1880 - 1963)
Rena Mae Fields Jones Turner (1894 - 1985)*
Paul Orlando Turner (1910 - 2001)*
Clarence Marshall Turner (1911 - 1987)*
Howard Franklin Turner (1913 - 1913)*
Albert Reed Turner (1915 - 2005)*
Alden Macy Turner (1919 - 1995)*
Earnestine Clara Turner Johnson (1878 - 1957)*
Ira Otis Turner (1886 - 1977)
Harry Edson Turner (1888 - 1979)*
Clara Mildred Clark Bales (1900 - 1986)*
Created by: Shirley West
Record added: Jun 25, 2006
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