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Howard Chandler Turnley
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1894
Whitman County
Washington, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1946
Arnolds Park
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA

Parents are Robert Pugh Turnley & Laura E. (Howard) Turnley

1st wife is Dorothy Jane (Scallen/Scallin) Turnley

Children born to this union are:
Howard Chandler Turnley Jr., m. Jane Scudder
Alice, m. Mr. Handley

2nd wife is Mrs. Muriel Inetta (Window) Keane~Hanford~Turnley


Last Rites for Howard
Turnley at Park Monday


Last rites for Howard Turnley, of Arnolds Park, long-time operator of the Roof Garden ballroom in the amusement park, were held at the Turnley home on the shore of West Okoboji lake Monday afternoon. There was a simple service at the home, conducted by the Rev. C. K. Hudson. The American Legion conducted military rites at the cemetery and the Rev. Mr. Hudson pronounced a benediction.

Mr. Turnley died Friday night after an illness of four years. He had been seriously ill for about two years, although not bedfast. He had been uptown within the last several weeks but had been gradually declining in health.

Howard C. Turnley was born at Rosalia, Washington, August 23, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Turnley. He received his education in the Rosalia public schools and the Northwest Business College at Spokane, Washington.

Howard's business life was a varied one in which he acted in top positions in many different fields. His ability to make friends aided his advancement in his many endeavors. From 1912 to 1914 he was a bookkeeper and ranch foreman for the Canfield Cattle Co., of Wisdom. Mont. The next two years he spent as foreman for Larrabee Brothers, breeders and trainers of running horses, at Deer Lodge, Mont., and as equestrian for L. G. Barnes and Ringling Bros. circus. In 1915 and 1916 he acted as the northwest representative of the Garfield Motor Co., of Seattle, Wash. Following this Turnley spent some time traveling, his journeys finally taking him on a tour of the Orient.

He served in the armed forces during World War I, spending 27 months with the army. During this time he was on the Officers Staff of the AEF in France and ended the war as a First Lieutenant. He was always proud of his service record, and later became a very active Legionnaire.

Following the war he spent five years buying cattle for packing companies, with Mitchell, S.D. as his home. This was followed by two years in the livestock commission business at Sioux City, and then two years on the Chicago board of Trade, with offices in Sioux City. From 1927 to 1932 he was distributor for the Hudson Motor Car Co., in Sioux City, In 1933 he moved to Mankato, Minn., where he became sales manager of the Mankato Brewing Co.

Mr. Turnley moved to Arnolds Park in 1936 when he leased the Roof Garden, and has since managed many concessions there. A few years ago he and Mrs. Turnley purchased the Arnold property in the Park, where they have operated a group of year around rental properties.

He was a member of BPOE, POE, AF and AM, Scottish Rite Masonry, and Shrine.

He leaves to mourn his passing an exceedingly large group of friends, his wife, Muriel Hanford Turnley, and two children by a former marriage, Howard Chandler Turnley II, an ex-Marine who is attending school in California, and Alice Handley, also of California. Chandler Jr. attended school at the Park a year or two after his father moved there.

*Obituary, with a photo of Howard is published in the Milford Mail, Nov. 21, 1946.

Howard Turnley
Died Friday P.M.
In Arnolds Park


Howard C. Turnley, 52, died at his home at Arnolds Park last Friday night. He had been in poor health four years, since suffering a stroke and had been seriously ill for the last two years.

A simple service at the home, performed by the Rev. C. K. Hudson, and military rites at the cemetery, conducted by the American Legion, comprised the last rites Monday afternoon. Howard Turnley had operated The Roof Garden, The Palms, and the Turnley Hotel and cottages for a number of years.

He was president and manager of the Sioux Hudson-Essex company in Sioux City prior to coming here in 1935 to make his home. At that time, he came to operate the amusement park business. In 1939 he purchased the north half of the Arnold property in the amusement park. He tore down a part of the Arnolds Park hotel built by W. B. Arnold, and moved the remainder to the site on the road and renamed it the Turnley Hotel. At the same time, Mrs. Turnley converted the Arnold home into The Peacock Inn.

After he moved here, Mr. Turnley was active in community affairs and was president of the Okoboji Lakes Commercial club several years. He was active in the American Legion and was one of the leaders in the entertainment of the Iowa Legion convention in 1940. He brought a great many nationally famous dance band to the Roof Garden and at one time he and Mrs. Turnley entertained Jack Dempsey at their home on the Lake.

Surviving him besides Muriel Hanford Turnley, are two children by a previous marriage, Howard Chandler Turnley II, who attended school in Arnolds Park a year or two, was in the Marines during the war and is now attending college in California; and Alice Handley, also of California.

Burial was in the Okoboji Cemetery.

*Published in the Spirit Lake Beacon, Nov. 21, 1946.

Family links: 
  Robert Pugh Turnley (1862 - 1929)
  Laura E. Howard Turnley (1869 - 1931)
  Muriel Inetta Window Turnley (1892 - 1965)*
  Robert P Turnley (1890 - 1918)*
  Howard Chandler Turnley (1894 - 1946)
  Blanche Turnley Johnson (1902 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Okoboji Cemetery
Arnolds Park
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: 032-1/W4
Created by: Just~Us Relatives
Record added: Nov 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79805023
Howard Chandler Turnley
Added by: Judy Russell
Howard Chandler Turnley
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