biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
DR. GEORGE J. TURNER, engaged in practice at Oskaloosa, was born in Paris, France, of English parents, Dec. 9, 1836. He went to England with his parents when three years of age, and when twelve years old re- turned to France, and one year later took to the sea, engaging in the English and American mer- chant service. While thus engaged he sailed to all the principal ports of the civilized world, and con- tinued to follow the sea until eighteen years of age. It was at this age that he conceived the idea of be- coming a medical practitioner, and at once set about educating himself for that purpose. Arriving in this country he located at Quincy, Ill., in 1854, and attended the Illinois Liberal In- stitute, afterward known as the Lombard Univer- sity, of Galesburg, and graduated therefrom in the class of 1862. He afterward continued his studies in the Washington University of St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from the Cincinnati Medical College in the class of 1874. Commencing practice at Spring Hill, Champaign Co., Ohio, he met with suc- cess, and after continuing there for a time removed to Atlanta, Logan Co., Ill., where he followed, the practice of his profession until the fall of 1880. He then came to Oskaloosa and engaged in prac- tice, and has continued here until the present time. By carefully diagnosing his cases, and treating his patients with that skill which years of practice and study enable him to bring to bear, he has not only met with success as regards his treatment but has been enabled to establish a good and paying prac- tice. Dr. Turner was at one time engaged an teaching in Lombard University, Galesburg; was also Super- intendent of Sidney public school, Ohio, and the Atlanta and Henry public schools, Ill. He was a soldier in the late Civil War, enlisting in the 17th Illinois Cavalry, under Col. Beverage, at St. Charles, Ill., in December, 1864, and served until the close of the war. Dr. Turner was married at Clinton, Ill., Dec. 25, 1870, to Miss Hattie, daugh- ter of Matthew Cretcher, of Champaign County, Ohio, where Mrs. Turner was born. They have two daughters, Blanche P. and Grace E. The Doc- tor and wife are members of the Methodist Epis- copal Church, and in politics he votes with the Re- publican party.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy