Harry Turner of Carmel, is a contractor well posted as to the conditions and details necessary in stone, brick and cement work. He has long been successful in this field of business, making a specialty of stone patios, chimneys and fireplaces. He was born at San Francisco, August 15, 1880. A son of Benjamin Turner, a native of England. The latter was a brick mason and fifty years ago followed his trade in San Francisco. He worked on the first Palace Hotel and many other large buildings there before the fire and he also worked on the building of the Napa State Asylum in the early ’70s.
Harry Turner attended the Garfield School at the north beach on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, and then learned the brick mason’s trade, following it for seventeen years in New York and other large cities of the east, working on the Woolworth building, the Metropolitan Life Insurance building, and the Equitable Life Insurance building. He also went to London, England, where he made an excellent record for expert workmanship. He traveled from coast to coast with only a trowel in his pocket, working at his trade in various cities, and some ten years ago he came to Carmel, since which time his work has been more and more evident in the finest homes in the district. He helped to create the Kingsley Macomber residence, the Cook Home, and the Prager residence; and he assisted in building many fine homes at Pebble Beach and the Highlands.
Mr. Turner married Miss Belle Small, a native of Newark, New Jersey, and they have become parents of four children : Helen, George, Harry and William. Mr. Turner belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Brotherhood of American Yeomen. In the ten years of his residence in Carmel he has made for himself a substantial place in business circles as attested by the liberal patronage that is now his.
Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California’s history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925.