Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LUTHER P. TURNER is a farmer
residing in Harrington. He is a native of Meigs county, Tennessee,
born on October 16, 1862, the son of Robert C. and Abigail (Williams) Turner.
The father, who was a native of Virginia, was a sergeant in the Union army
during the Civil War and died while in service. The mother, who is
now sixty-five years of age, makes her home with the subject of our sketch,
who is her only offspring. Luther P. Turner was reared by his mother
on a farm in his native state, and on January 27, 1887, was married to
Jane Ivester, born in Polk county, Tennessee. Mrs. Turner was the
daughter of Jacob and Linda (Morgan) Ivester, the former now a resident
of Spokane and the latter deceased.
In the spring of 1888 Mr. Turner brought his
family to Lincoln county and purchased four hundred and eighty acres of
unimproved railroad land. He worked out to some extent for a few
years in order to acquire means with which to improve his land, as after
making a small payment on the place his fund of money was exhausted.
He had a hard struggle to make ends meet until 1897, when he harvested
a large crop and sold it to advantage, since which time he has made a great
success of his business. He now owns four thousand acres of choice
land, all under cultivation and improved in the most modern and complete
style, lying five miles southwest from Harrington. He has a great
amount of stock and farm machinery, including a large steam threshing outfit.
In the fall of 1902 he removed to town, where he has a large twelve-room
Mr. and Mrs. Turner have six children, whose
names are Maud E., Lelia, Attia, Ruth, Lois and Ethia.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Turner are members of the
Baptist church, and are of marked prominence in the church and business
affairs of Harrington.