Calhoun County

1891 Biography - Turner Lumley

TURNER LUMLEY, a farmer residing on section 16, Carlin Precinct, Calhoun County, was born on his father's farm in this county on the 30th of August, 1856. His parents, Turner and Nancy Lumley, are numbered among the early pioneers of the community and were among those who aided in the upbuilding of the county. Our subject shared with the family in the hardships and trials which come to those who make homes on the frontier and the advantages of his youth were necessarily limited. His education was acquired in the district schools of the neighborhood but comprises only the common English branches which he pursued during the winter months, while in the summer season he aided in the cultivation of the home farm.

Leaving the parental roof, Mr. Lumley made a home for himself, and for a helpmate on life's journey won Miss Sarah E. Thomas, their union being celebrated on the 25th of January, 1880. The lady was born in this county, October 10, 1858, and is a daughter of Levi Thomas, one of the prominent farmers of this community who is represented on another page of this Album. The children born of this marriage are William T., born September 11, 1881; George A., October 27, 1883; and Jesse E., October 14, 1889. The family circle yet remains unbroken and the children are still under the parental roof.

In the autumn of 1880 Mr. Lumley removed to his present farm which has now been his home for ten years. It comprises three hundred and twenty acres of arable land, the greater part of which is under cultivation and furnished with good buildings and other improvements. He understands his business in all its details and as the result of good management has one of the best farms in the community. Mr. Lumley began life a poor boy, having neither capital nor influential friends to aid him, but a determined will and industry have been the stepping stones by which he has risen to his present rank among the substantial farmers of Calhoun County. In politics he is a Democrat, having supported that party since attaining his majority. He is now serving as Treasurer of the school district of township 8, range 2. In the social world, Mr. Lumley and his wife who is a most estimable lady, hold a high position and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Their home is the abode of hospitality and the warm welcome given to their guests makes it a favorite resort with the people of the community.

Extracted 23 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 710-711

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