Category Archives: My Memories

Happy 100th Birthday!

Today, September 10 1912, Reva Vail Turner was born. What was the world like in 1912? Before the Great War, before modern transportation, before commercial airplanes and any thoughts of landing on moon. Happy 100th MeMaw!

Wayne Turner’s 60th Birthday Video

Just ran across this video last week. It has several pictures of Turner Manor with aunts and uncles. It’s a video file, so give it about 2-3 minutes to start if you are a slow connection. You can also right click on it and  download to your computer. Enjoy!   WayneTurner 60th Birthday Video

“Sharon is a dun”

During our June visit, Sharon had found this peice of wall paper with either a note, or a statement. “Sharon is a dun” it boldly is stated. I guess as a 6 year old working in a toy shop, there were other things she wanted to do 🙂 Also on this is some notations of some variety. I wonder what… (more…)

Turner Toy Workshop

It’s amazing that some of these structures are still standing. It won’t be many more years before time and nature reclaims these structures. I’m glad to have a forum to share these pictures not only for my cousins out of state and even out of the country, but also for my kids in years to come. It was wonderful talking… (more…)

Bob Turner Real Estate (not related)

We were at the property this past May, along with Sharon with some of her grand-kids, Wayne and some of his grand-kids, Patty Wilkes Turner Chadwick (haha), myself and my beutiful wife Susan. We were out looking at one of the toy sheds when one of the grand-kids pulled up this sign. Sharon recounted the story of a shed that Bobby… (more…)

The “Lost” Apartments

  During a visit to Turner Manor this past May, we found a LOT of work had been done on the grounds. Rob had cleaned out this entire area to the North of the house. I asked him why there was a slab there and he told me at one point Reva was going to build apartments and rent them… (more…)

The Back 40

I’ve mentioned that I have fond memories of the acreage behind Turner Manor. Seeing it in person for the first time in over 40 years was amazing: The cypress trees have taken over almost the entire property. Signs of the old barbwire fence are still visable, which split the back acreage in half. I had asked my dad if there… (more…)

“The RedWood Deal”

I had always wondered why the carport was designed this way. Turns out there was a good answer.. It was cheap wood! The story goes that Reva came into, traded or purchased a ton of redwood scraps. None of the boards were longer than 3 to4 feet, so Turner ingenuity was put into place!

Home Made Stepping Stone

Saw this by the bushes towards the shed in the back. Wayne told me these were hand made by his mom.

The Fountains of Turner Manor (Sounds better than Bird baths)

These fountains (what I thought they were when I was a kid) are visible in pictures from over 30 years ago.  Perhaps the aunts can fill us in on their orgins and when they were setup. Ladies?