Smith-Turner collection, c.1880-1905, c. 1940


22 items.
This collection consists of materials pertaining to the James M. Turner family of Lansing, Michigan. Included in the collection are photographs of Tyler Hull, H.W. Longyear, James M. Turner, his wife Sophie Porter (Scott) Turner, his second son Scott Turner, and his wife's parents Ira and Esther Scott. Also included in this collection are a photograph of James M. Turner's birthplace (c. 1850) and several pictures of the Smith-Turner House (c. 1885). The Smith-Turner house was built in 1873 by Samuel C. Smith, a Lansing pioneer and business owner, and purchased by James M. Turner in 1878. Turner lived in the house until he died in 1896. In 1925 R.E. Olds purchased and leased the house, and subsequently deeded it to the Wilde Conservatory of Music. Today, it serves as an apartment building. The Smith-Turner house was placed on the list of National Historic Places in 1980. It is located at 326 West Grand River Avenue in Lansing, Michigan. Also includes photographs (c. 1940) of the Sophie Scott Turner House, which was located at 505 North Washington Avenue in Lansing. Mrs. Turner built the house in 1927 and lived there until her death in 1941. The house became the site for the State Historical Museum from1943 to 1979. Lansing Community College took over the property in 1980. In 2003, the College demolished the building.
James M. Turner was born on April 23, 1850, in Lansing, Michigan, to James and Marian (Munroe) Turner. He married Sophia Porter Scott in 1876 and together they had two children: James, born in 1878, and Scott, born in 1880. He was elected mayor of Lansing in 1889 and 1895 and was also a Michigan gubernatorial candidate in 1890. For several years he also served on the board of directors for the Michigan School for the Blind. He died on July 7, 1896. Sophie Porter (Scott) Turner was born in October 1856 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the older daughter of Ira and Esther Scott. After marrying James Turner in 1876, she moved to Lansing. After Turner died in 1896, she briefly moved to Ann Arbor before returning to Lansing. Sophie died in 941. Ira Scott was born on December 25, 1826, in Waterford, New York. Graduating from Harvard Law School in 1850, he moved to Chicago in 1853, where he married Esther Kennedy and was prominent in politics. Together, they had two daughters: Sophia and Abbie. In 1880, Ira and Esther moved to Lansing, Michigan, where they lived out their remaining years. Esther died on November 3, 1909, with Ira following on February 19, 1910. Tyler Hull was born on October 10, 1840, in Auburn, Ohio but spent most of his life in Eaton County, Michigan. After receiving his medical license from Detroit Medical College, he returned to the town of Windsor (Eaton County), where he had taught at the local school for several years previous. He served in the State Legislature for one term in 1883. Hull was admitted to the bar in July 1893. He died on July 17, 1897, in Dimondale, Michigan. Howard W. Longyear was born in Lansing, Michigan, on July 24, 1852. He was a prominent doctor in Detroit, serving on the Detroit Board of Health for four years and serving as the president of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was the first cousin of James M. Turner. When he married Abbie Scott, the younger sister of Sophie Scott in 1880, he became Turner's brother-in-law as well. He died in Detroit on June 2, 1921.
"Archives Control Number: MS 2008-51."..
Archives Stack Location: Range 25, Unit 2, Shelf 5.
Guide describing records is available in the reading room of the Archives of Michigan.

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