Merced Express, May 24, 1902
Death has again invaded our midst, extending its inexorable summons to our neighbor, Mr. Luther Turner who, last night at 10 o'clock, passed away.
Four years ago he was taken down with pulmonary trouble, but owing to the skill of Dr. J. C. Robertson, who was a practitioner at that time in Le Grand, he regained comparative health and was busy on his farm up until last summer when during one of those hot spells, he overworked himself in harvest and the old trouble reappeared. In the early fall he took to his bed which he kept until Death, the liberator, bade suffering cease. During those tedious months he was tended by the most faithful wife that ever blessed a man's home, and by two little daughters who tip toed to do his bidding.
Mr. Turner was born in Johnson County, Missouri, in 1853, and was joined in marriage to Mrs. Sarah Brown twenty-two years ago. The fruit of this union was three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living. He moved
to California in 1886, living first near Raymond, but afterward settled on Owen's Creek, near Le Grand where he has been actively engaged in farming.
Luther, as he was familiarly known, was open-hearted to all. No one was ever refused a meal at his board. In fact, the generosity of him and his wife was so generally known that their hoe was a sort of "harbor or refuge." The neighbors also were wont to turn to them when in distress.
Three weeks ago he was baptized and received into the C. P. Church, under the rites of which he will receive interment tomorrow in the family cemetery near Plainsburg. Yes, Luther is gone; the coffin lid has closed over his familiar countenance, and the silent grave has become his chamber of rest until the "voice of the Archangel" be heard and it be said "Awake and sing ye that dwell in the dust." "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
LIZZIE LEE OLDS
Le Grand, May 14th, 1902.
Contributed by: Carol Lackey