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John A. Turner, who owns one of the attractive and model farms of Scottville township, Macoupin county, was born in Athensville township, Greene county, Illinois, on the 16th of May, 1859. His parents were Tillman C. and Jane (Rhodes) Turner, the father a native of Cumberland county, Kentucky, and the mother of Greene county, Illinois, her birth having occurred in the vicinity of Carrollton. Agricultural pursuits always engaged the attention of Mr. Turner, who in 1849 came from his native state to Illinois. He first located on a farm near Whitehall, Greene county, and after residing there for several years he removed to Athensville township. There he met the lady, who subsequently became his wife and the mother of four children, of whom the son John A., was the third. Mr. Turner continued to cultivate his farm to within three years of his death, which occurred on the 12th of May, 1907, in Scottville, Macoupin county. The mother of our subject died in 1864 and the following year the father married Martha M. Van Bebber, by whom he had five children, four of whom are still living.

His boyhood and youth John A. Turner spent upon the farm where he was born, pursuing his education in the common schools until he was graduated from the high school at Greenfield in 1878. For two years thereafter he engaged in teaching, but feeling that he did not care to make of this profession a life vocation, he returned to the old homestead, and for three years devoted his attention to farming. At the expiration of that period he came to Scottville and engaged in the furniture business and undertaking, continuing to be identified with this for sixteen years. In 1902 he withdrew from commercial activities and located upon the farm where he is now residing. He has eighty acres of fertile and highly cultivated land, upon which he has wrought extensive improvements, having erected a fine, modern residence, arranged the grounds attractively and made many minor changes, so that it is now one of the valuable properties of the vicinity.

Mr. Turner was married December 29, 1880, to Miss Virginia A. Wood, a daughter of Martin and Emily J. (Spencer) Wood. Her father was a native of Greene county, Illinois, and there he was reared and married to Miss Spencer, a native of Kentucky. He made farming his life occupation and continued to reside in Greene county until his death in 1864. His widow now makes her home with Mrs. Turner. Of the four children born to our subject and his wife two are now deceased. Of those living Martin W. is married and resides upon his father-in-law's farm. The daughter, Ora Lee, the youngest member of the family, is unmarried and living at home. They are both graduates of the Scottville high school.

Fraternally Mr. Turner is affiliated with the Masonic order, being a member of Scottville Lodge, No. 426, A.F. & A.M.; Scottville Camp, No. 506, of the Modern Woodmen of America; and the Court of Honor; while both he and Mrs. Turner belong to the Order of the Eastern Star of Scottville. His political support Mr. Turner gives to the democratic party, and he has served as justice of the peace, school director and president of the town council of Scottville, while for sixteen years he has been a township supervisor and he was township treasurer for a period of twelve years. He has always been a public-spirited man, taking an active interest in all matters of vital importance in the community where he resided, most efficiently discharging the responsibilities of the various offices he has held.

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