Turner was born in Pennsylvania in August of 1846. He came to
Camden as a small boy, living with his mother Louisa in Camden's
South Ward. His father was not with the family at the time of the
1850 Census. Frank Turner married Elizabeth Park Dermitt in 1864. Elizabeth was from Greenwich
Township in Gloucester County where her father was a waterman, and after he died their mother moved the family to Camden where she supported
the family as a seamstress.
At the time of the 1870 Census the Turners were living in
Camden's South Ward. Two sons had been born, Charles F. and George
D. Turner. Frank Turner was then working as a glass blower. He was
working as an iron moulder when appointed to the Fire Department
in 1874. Fire Department records from 1875 give an address of 224
Line Street for the Turner family. The Turners had moved around
the corner to 215 Pine Street when the 1878 City Directory was
being compiled. By the following year they were living at 212
Senate Street. Through the 1870s three more children were born
into the Turner family, Mattie, Francis Jr. and Florence.
the Census was taken in June of 1880 the Francis Turner family had
relocated to 208 Washington
Street. Frank Turner was working as a stone cutter.
Oldest sun Charles Francis Turner was working in a shoe factory.
He would go on and make a career in shoe making, as did younger
brothers George D. Turner and Francis S. Turner Jr. The Turners
were still at 208 Washington
Street as late as 1883. City
Directories for 1884-1885 and 1885-1886 have the Turners at 320
South 2nd Street. Another move had taken the family to 139 South
4th Street. The Turners had moved to 211 Benson Street when the
1888-1889 Directory was being put together.
June 1, 1890 Frank Turner was promoted to Engineer and transferred
to Engine Company
4 as it first went into service at 320 Vine Street in
North Camden. The foreman was Amedee
Middleton, the driver, Edward
Hartman. Barney Harvey was the stoker and the hosemen were Walter
Browning and Charles
Directories show that during the next ten years the Turners
remained in the 200 Block of Benson Street. They had moved to 219
by 1891 and stayed at that address as late as 1894.
By 1896 the family was at 221 Benson Street. The 1898 City
Directory and the 1900 Census both list the family at 223 Benson Street. The Directory for 1906 has Frank Turner at 618
Street. When the Census was taken in 1910 Frank Turner was still
working for the Fire Department and was living at 424 South 3rd
1913, Frank and Elizabeth
Turner had moved to Atlantic City to live with their daughter Florence and her husband Alvin
Schultz, who was a machinist for the railroad and later worked for the local electric utility.
The 1913 Atlantic City Directory shows him living at 2405 Arctic
Avenue, occupation, detective. By 1915 the Turners had moved to 21
North Georgia Avenue. His occupation was given for a couple of
years as superintendent, i.e., one in charge of an apartment
building's maintenance. Directories through 1930 give his
occupation as doorman. Frank
Turner is listed in the 1920 census as working for wages as a
detective. He may well have functioned as a hotel house detective
as part of his duties as a doorman. By April of 1930, when the next Census was taken, he was completely retired.
Frank and Elizabeth Turner are listed in the 1935 Atlantic City
Directory, still living with the Schultzes. Only Elizabeth appears on the 1940
census. Frank was 89 or older when he
Turner's granddaughter, Mrs. Evelyn
M. Turner Stewart, taught at the Broadway
Elementary School at Broadway
Streets in Camden for 37 years, retiring in June of 1956.
Another granddaughter, Louise
C. Turner, served in the United States NAvy during and
immediately after World War I.