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Obituary of Augustus Turner
March 1933

Augustus Turner

    After a short illness, Augustus Turner of Middleburgh, passed away on Friday, March 24. He was born April 29, 1848, in the town of Broome where he spent practically his entire life, and for several years was an Assessor. He was a farmer by occupation, and until recent years lived and practiced farming at the old Turner homestead in Broome. Three years ago he moved to Middleburgh village where he had since made his home. He was a son of Caleb Turner and Olive Taylor Turner. In 1885 he married Ida Posson who died in 1904. There were seven children born to them, five of whom survive: two daughters Mrs. Cayrl Bulson and Mrs. Frank Becker of Middleburgh, and three sons Vern L. Turner of Hornell, Morgan A. Turner of Huntersland and Russell C. Turner of Feura Bush. Surviving him also are one sister, Mrs. Albert Dutton and one brother Harry of Middleburgh. For the past sixty-three years he had been an active member of Middleburgh Lodge No. 663, F. & A. M., of which he was a charter member. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Caryl Bulson, Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, the Rev. G. E. Price officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery. The Masonic ceremony was conducted at the grave.

April 1933

     WHEREAS, The Supreme Grand Master has summoned our Brother, Augustus Turner, to the Celestial Lodge on High.
     RESOLVED, That Middleburgh Lodge, No. 663, F. & A. M. hereby records its appreciation of our Brother.
Augustus Turner was initiated May 26th, passed to the degree of Fellow Craft July 28th and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason Aug. 25th, 1871. During this long period he was devoted to the principles of our Craft and his life exemplified all of the qualities which should characterize the principles of a Mason of the highest standard. He was truly a "venerable man handed down from a former generation:" however, the quality of his mind and character was so stable, kind and genial that he was a beloved companion of those who comprised the younger generation. As a citizen he was held in the highest respect by all those who knew him. He was a man of sound judgment whose advice was sought and relied upon by a wide circle of people with whom he came in contact in the varied activities of a useful life. In his passing this Lodge has lost not only one of its oldest but one of its most beloved members, one who was an honor to this Lodge.
     RESOLVED, That we tender to the sons and daughters of the deceased our sincere sympathy in the loss of their noble father.
     THIS RESOLUTION, shall be recorded on the minutes of the Lodge, published in the newspapers of the village of Middleburgh, and a copy thereof shall be transmitted to the family of the deceased. - Dow Beekman, Charles E. White, George E. Hanes, Committee.

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