Charlie Turner Murdered near Harrisburg Oregon June 1898

A Brutal Murder

Charles Turner Murdered Near Harrisburg [Oregon].

Thursday morning the sad and startling news was received in this city that Charlie Turner, a young man about 19 and a resident of this city had been shot and instantly killed by an old man named McGrath.

McGrath was jealous of young Turner accusing him of being to intimate with his wife.  Thursday morning he armed himself with an old revolver and started from his home about three miles from Harrisburg to Harvey Sommervilles’ place about three miles distance.  Arriving there he went to the hay-field where Turner was at work and talking to him a few moments, stepped back a step or two and fired.  The bullet entered the left breast passing directly through the heart.  Death was instantaneous.

Deceased was a citizen of Eugene where he was highly respected by all who knew him.  He leaves a father and mother, three sisters and two brothers.  McGrath was at one time a residence of this city and is about 65 years of age.  He and his wife is about 35 years, have had considerable trouble and have separated two or three times.  He was taken to Harrisburg where his preliminary examination will be held.  The funeral of the unfortunate young man will be held in this city this afternoon.  Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR), Jul 2, 1898, pg. 5, col. 5. University of Oregon, Knight Library’s Newspaper Collection.

Mulkey Cemetery Records

Turner, Charles A. Jun 4, 1879 – Jun 30, 1898  Block 166
Turner, James Presley Jan 23, 1853 – July 2, 1925 Block 166 — Husband of Martha A. Post Turner
Turner, Margaret March 6, 1910 – October 6, 1956 N/A –Wife of Horace Lee Turner / Dau. of John W. Stinson
Turner, Martha A. Post Apr 16, 1856 – March 1, 1944 Block 166 –Wife of James Presley Turner
Turner, Walter Glen Mar 7, 1897 – May 24, 1926 Block 166 –Husband of Emma Turner / Son of James Presley & Martha Post Turner
Yahr, Ethel Turner Feb 12, 1888 – April 8, 1953  Block 166

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