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Bertha Turner and family - Carcross, 1904-1906

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

Myrtle and Bertha Turner and their mother Mary Turner in their home at Carcross ca. 1904.
(Yukon Archives photo #9682, William A. Geddes Collection)

The Daily Evening Star, Saturday, July 9, 1904

Bertha Turner - Died at Caribou, 1904

    H. B. Shadwell today received a telegram from sub-collector John Turner at Caribou, conveying the sad news of the death at that place at 10 o'clock this morning of the latter's daughter, Miss Bertha Turner. The grief stricken father asked that he be relieved from his official duties until after the funeral.

    No particulars were given as to the cause of death. The young lady had for some time been a partial invalid and was in the Whiteborse hospital for several weeks only a few months ago. She was about 23 years of age.

    The Turner family came to Yukon several years ago from Vancouver and have many friends both here and at Dawson, Mr. Turner being in the customs house at that place for several years.

The Daily Evening Star, Monday, July 11, 1904

Bertha Turner - Funeral at Whitehorse, 1904

    The remains of Miss Bertha Turner whose sad death at Caribou occurred last Saturday, as chronicled in the Star of that date, arrived on the train this afternoon and as the Star goes to press, funeral services are being conducted at the Church of England by Rev. H. A. Cody. Interment will be in the Whitehorse cemetery.

    The pall bearers are Major Snyder, Mr. Chute, Robt. Lowe, Judge Taylor, R. C. Miler, Captain Pennyfather, Dr. Pare, H. B. Shadwell.

    The bereaved family and several friends accompanied the remains from Caribou to this place.

    Following her sister's funeral, Myrtle Turner stayed in Whitehorse as a guest of Mrs. I. O. Stringer before returning to Caribou.

    On January 31, 1905, John Turner was reported to have arrived home after a 3-month vacation outside.

    On March 15, 1905, John Turner was admitted to Whitehorse General Hospital for an unstated illness. By the 21st he was reported to be "very ill." His condition was reported often in the Star; on the 27th "his medical attendant holds out no hope for his recovery." On both March 28th and 29th it was reported that death was thought to be hours away.

The Daily Evening Star, Thursday, March 30, 1905

Death of John Turner, Collector of Customs at Caribou, Yukon, 1905

    John Turner was born in Seymour, East Northumberland county, Ontario, March 31, 1844, and died in Whitehorse, Y. T. March 29, 1905, lacking but two days of having attained his 6st birthday.

    On the 15th instant the deceased was brought from Caribou, where he was deputy collector of customs, to the General hospital in this place. At the time he was suffering from something like lagrippe which terminated in typhoid fever, baffling all medical skill und careful nursing. He grew steadily worse util 5 o'clock yesterday evening when death came to his relief.

    The remains will be buried in the Whitehorse cemetery beside his daughter who died at Caribou and was buried here last July. The arrangements for the faneralare as follows:

    Masonic hall will be opened to the public at 5 o'clock from which place the Masons, deceased having been a member of that order, and others will proceed to the hospital and from there escort the remains to the Episcopal church where, at 5:15 short services will be conducted by Rev. I. O. Stringer, after which the remains will be taken to the cemetery and burjed according to the Masonic ritual.

    John Turner grew to manhood in Ontario and for a number of years engaged in merchandising, first at Belleville and later at Campbell. He came west to Vancouver 15 years ago and was a long time appraiser in the customs house of that place. In the spring of 1898 and during the Klondike mining excitement he was sent to Glenora, on the Stickine, as collector of customs. In 1899 he was transferred to Dawson where he remained until three years ago when he was sent to Caribou as deputy collector, which position he has since filled.

    Deceased is survived by a wife and four children. The former who, with their youngest daughter, was visiting in Vancouver, arrived here on Monday of this week and was with her husband to the end.

    The surviving children are Mrs. Cole of Toronto., R. K., purser on the steamer Britania of Vancouver, John, assistant manager of the Standard bank at Chatam, Ontario, and Miss Myrtle, now in Vancouver.

The Weekly Star, Friday, November 2, 1906

School for Conrad City.

    Robert Lowe returned yesterday evening from Conrad City where, as representative of the government, he arranged for opening a school, with Miss Myrtle Turner as teacher. The school will have from 10 to 15 pupils.

Grave of Bertha and John Turner at Whitehorse, Yukon

The grave of Bertha and John Turner at the Pioneer Cemetery in Whitehorse, Yukon.