Dr. Walter Scott Turner
Citrus County Pioneer

Dr. Walter S. Turner was born in North Hampton County, N. C. on October 10, 1884. He served three years in the Confederate Army, having joined at Rocky Mount, N. C. He served the last three years of the war and was discharged at Appomattox with General Lee. He was A long time member of the staff of the state commander of the Confederate Veterans and traveld throughout the years to the Confederate reunions.

By 1885 Dr. Turner was living in Citrus Conty, Florida where he founded the Cordeal Journey. He retired in March of 1900 and turned the paper over to W. A. Moore and his son, Frank. He was an active individual and led his life to the fullest. He was an  Elk and a Mason. In 1887 he was the grand reporter for the Knights of Honor and also, the Grand Director of the Grand Lodge of Florida. He opened a drugstore at Julliette in the early part of 1895 and sold it just four months later. The later part of 1901, Dr. Turner and his son were both charged with an assault with intent to committ murder.  He was defended by R. B. Bullock in which a "compromised verdict was reached where they were bound over to the circuit court on the charge of aggrivated assault."  While living in Citrus County Mr. Turner went before the Board of Commissioners and offered to build and construct a bridge accross the Withalacoochee River at Stokes Ferry to connect Marion County to Citrus County  as long as both counties agreed for the donation of it to be made a public bridge.  He was elected a delegate to thr National Editorial Convention and opened another drugstore at Hernando.

He moved to Fort Myers after buying "The Myers Inn," the later part of 1902 where he lived for three years before moving to Captiva Island. Through the years he served on the Florida Legislature, elected secretaty-treasurer of the Dorwin-Turnet Lumber Co. of Fort Myers, was a representative from Fort Myers to the State Board of Trade Convention, a member of the Captiva Board of Commissioners and  appointed by Govenor Gilchrist as a delegate to Mississippi-Atlantic-Inland Waterways Convention at Jacksonville.

Dr. Turner stayed active until his death which occurred less than a month after his wife, Abbie Moore Turner,  passed away. He had gone to New Jersey for a visit with his son when he was taken suddenly ill and it is supposed the death of his beloved wife was too much for him to bear. His son brought him back to Fort Myers to be buried with along side of her at the Fort Myers Cemetey.  

Source: Ocala Evening Star, Tampa Tribune,  Fort Myers Press

Author: Linda Flowers

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