Block 13, Lot 3

June 14 1952
Colorful Career Comes To End
With Passing Of Samuel Turner

Samuel James Turner

End of a colorful career in many parts of the West was spelled with the passing of Samuel James Turner at the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital last Saturday at the age of 88.

He was one of the pioneer residents of the East Smoky division.

Born in the county of Tyrone, Ireland, on February 7, 1964, he came to Canada in 1871 settling in Ontario.
They moved to Chilliwack, B. C. in 1978 where he remained until 1900 and then due to climatic conditions, affecting the health of his first wife, formerly Agnes Knight, of Renfrew, Ontario he moved with his family. to Calgary where he resided for the following twenty years.

Following the return of his soldier sons from the First Great War, he, like many others of that year, turned toward the storied Peace River Country to finally settle east of the Smoky River, in the District now known as Debolt, where he remained until the death of his first wife in1927. He resided in Grande prairie the following three years until 1930. when he was remarried to the late Minnie J. Bryenton, and again took up residence at Debolt where he remained until two years after the death of his second wife who passed away in 1947.  He again moved to Grande Prairie where he resided until his death.

Mr. Turner knew the west as few men now living knew it. Coming to the city of Chilliwack, B.C., when it was known as Center Ville he spent several years in the B.C. Provincial Police, where he took part in several of the more noted criminal cases of the early years.

He worked With, the Knight Bros. in one of the first big saw mills on the Fraser River. He farmed there and knew the early gold rush years.

Coming to Calgary when it was in its infancy he took up building and contracting, and helped build the town into a city. He took part in the first stampede in 1912.

After coming into the north, his efforts were mostly directed to farming with occasional building and construction.

He with his son Ellis grew the first Alsike clover seed east of the Smoky in 1924 and produced the first commercial seed in that area.

He is survived by his five sons Charles, of. Grande Prairie, Edward, of Calgary, Wilmot, of Los Angles, Calif., Albert, of Klamnatl Falls, Oregon and Ellis, of Debolt.

Surviving also are one brother, John, of Chilliwack, two step daughters, Mrs. N. Leslie, of Dimsdale, Mrs. C. Moon, of Crooked Creek, two step sons, Arthur, of Grande Prairie, and Ted, of Edmonton, twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

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