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Huldah Jane Arledge

Birthplace: Blue Earth, MN, USA
Death: Died in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada [Bur Grande Prairie Cemetery]
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Alexander Rodman Arledge and Julia Ann Peters
Wife of Lorenzo Dow Turner
Mother of Ida Turner; Frank Edwin Turner; Manda B. Turner; Ada Turner and Pearl Ellen Turner
Sister of Ada Emma or Loada Arledge; Cora Charlotte Arledge; Akley Silas or A. Arledge; Marcus Lemuel Arledge; Marcus or Marquis Arledge and 3 others
Half sister of Ada E Goodrich

Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About Huldah Jane Arledge

The obituaries and newspaper articles are inconsistent, but the articles about her celebrating her 89th birthday in March 1947 and the headline of her obituary giving her age as 91 in 1949 support the 1858 birth year, even though the same obit gives her birth year as 1856. One of these is obviously a typographical error.

Cheyl Belding wrote: According to Huldah's obituary, she was born 26 Feb 1856 in Blue Earth Co., MN. This 1856 birth date is supported by the census.

From Jerry Smalley:

1. From the Grande Prairie "Herald", 10 July 1924, page 1, column 2. Kleskun Lake News

"It will be interesting to many of the readers of the Herald to learn that Mrs. Frank Turner Sr., of this place, is one of the four hundred beneficiaries in a $500,000,000 estate of Charles Christopher Springer, who died in the State of Maryland in 1776, and though he could trace his ancestry back to Saxon times, even to Edward the Great, he became so attached to his adopted country, that when the War of the American Independence was declared his sympathies were given to the U.S.A. Three of his sons, however, remained true to Great Britain and fled to Canada, rather than fight against her. Mr. Springer decreed that they personally, though their descendants might, reap no benefits from his estate, and to insure this, he made his estate over to the Anglican Church for 90 years. This may seem a fairy tale, but all matters are now completed, with the exception of the distribution of the vast sum."


Note from Jerry Smalley: although the article says "Mrs. Frank Turner Sr.", the writer had to mean Huldah Jane (Arledge) Turner as she was the Springer descendant, not Bertha (Swart) Turner.

3. From the Grande Prairie "Herald", 6 March 1947, page 6, column 3.

"Grandma Turner Has 89th Birthday"

Mrs. Bertha Turner was hostess at a delightful birthday party for her other-in-law, Mrs. Huldah Turner, at her home in Grande Prairie last week. Friends came both afternoon and evening to wish Mrs. Turner happiness on her 89th birthday and continued health to enjoy many more birthdays. Numerous gifts, flowers birthday cards, and phone calls from near and far also gladdened "Grandma Turner's" day. Two Grand-daughters, Mrs. D. Turner and and Mrs. Stanley Moore, poured tea for the occasion. Seated in her wheel chair, Mrs. Turner lived over her early days on the trail as she shared her pictures and remembrances with her friends. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Turner came into the Grande Prairie country over the winter Edson Trail in 1912. They settled in the Clairmont district where they farmed until recent years. Their son Frank and family located in the Kleskun Hill district. The trek into the Peace River country was not Grandma Turner's first adventure in pioneering. She has pioneered all her life in South Dakota Nebraska and Colorado, before coming north. A practical nurse,she was a great help to other pioneers in the early days when there were no doctors. Although unable to move about much, or read due to failing eyesight, Grandma still keeps busy and happy knitting and hooking lovely rugs.


4. From the Grande Prairie, Alberta (Canada) "Herald", 24 February 1949, page 1, column 2.

Mrs. Huldah Turner, 91, Pioneer Woman, Passes

The death occurred last week in the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital of Mrs. Huldah Jane Turner, beloved pioneer woman at the age of 91 years. Funeral services were held in St. Paul's United Church, Rev. C. G. Kitney officiating.

Interment was made in Grande Prairie Cemetery. Pall bearers were Robert Cochrane, E. J. Holtom, H. Thompson, H. Manning , R. Ludwig and D. Cameron.

The late Mrs. Turner was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, Feb. 26, 1856. She pioneered in Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado before coming to Alberta. In 1912, with the first pioneer families, she came into the Grande Prairie country over the Edson Trail. With her husband and family she homesteaded at Kleskun Hill, 15 miles east of town. Four years ago she left the farm and made her home with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bertha Turner, in Grande Prairie. A born nurse and pioneer neighbor, Mrs. Turner gave freely of her time and strength to care for the sick and ailing when doctors and nurses were not available in this new community. Until the age of 75 she never refused to answer a call for help, no matter how severe the weather. She did the same wherever she made her home and could look back on over half a century of nursing service in pioneer districts. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Mrs. Amanda Brown, Mount Sterling, Illinois; two sisters and one brother residing in the United States. Her husband, 3 daughters and 1 son predeceased her. There are 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


From the files of Cheryl Belding, Riverton, Wyoming. Email: Sent August 2000.

1/F Huldah Jane ARLEDGE (1359, 18-1)

Name-Marr: TURNER

Occupation* __ ___ ____ homemaker, nurse, silver fox breeder.35

Book* __ ___ ____ "Smoky River to Grande Prairie", Pages 269, 270, 271, 272, includes picture.35

Birth* 26 Feb 1856 (Blue Earth), MN.36

Birth: 26 Feb 1858 (Blue Earth), MN; date in error.37

Census* 03 Jul 1860 Shelby, (Blue Earth), MN; living with parents.14

Census: 24 Aug 1870 Etna Township, (Hardin), IA; living with parents.16

Marriage* 12 Jan 1872 Lorenzo Dow TURNER (1366, 18-1*1) (1845-1926), son of Collin TURNER (1367, 18-1*1:2) and Susan BOLTON (1368, 18-1*1:3); Ft. Collins, (Larimer), CO.37,38

Son: 10 Apr 1875 Frank Edward TURNER (1369, 18-1-1); Ft. Collins, (Larimer), CO.37

Daughter: 12 Feb 1878 Amanda B. TURNER (1370, 18-1-2); Ft. Collins, (Larimer), CO.

Census: 23 Jun 1880 6th Precinct, (Larimer), CO.39

Daughter: __ Oct 1880 Loada E. TURNER (1371, 18-1-3); Ft. Collins, (Larimer), CO; 1885 census says she was born in CO.

Daughter: 10 Sep 1883 Pearl Ellen TURNER (1372, 18-1-4); Ft. Collins, (Larimer), CO.

Census: 25 Jun 1885 West 1/2, (Sheridan), NE.40

Occupation: __ ___ 1886 she studied to be a doctor and got her Medical Certificate when 30 years old.35

Emigration* 01 Mar 1912 Interior, (Stanley), SD; left for Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada with son Frank E. Turner and his family.35

Emigration: 12 Jun 1912 Grand Prairie, (Alberta), CAN; settled at Kleskun Hill, 15 miles east of Grande Prairie.35

Death* 10 Feb 1949 Grand Prairie, (Alberta), CAN.37

Age* 10 Feb 1949 92 years, 11 months, 15 days.

Burial* cir 12 Feb 1949 Grande Prairie, (Alberta), CAN; buried Grande Prairie Cemetery.36

Obituary* 24 Feb 1949 Grande Prairie, (Alberta), CAN; "The Herald."36


35. Arthur B. Patterson - Editor, Smoky River to Grande Prairie, (Friesen Printers, 5720 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1978). See individual record for Page Number and Individual Reference Number if available. Pages received from Jerry Smalley, 924 Allen Avenue, Rapid City, SD 57701 on 18 Jun 1994. Photocopy of pertinent pages in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #527}.

36. "Mrs. Huldah Turner, 91, Pioneer Woman, Passes," Obituary, The Herald, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, (Dated 24 Feb 1949), Page 1, Colume 2. Obituary received from Jerry Smalley, 924 Allen Avenue, Rapid City, SD 57701 on 18 Jun 1994. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #525}.

37. ARLEDGE Family History Project, Homepage at:, (Dated 13 Aug 2000). This project is spearheaded by Pam Wilson This is part of the WorldConnect Project available at Printout in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #526}.

38. Lorenzo TURNER & Huldah ARLEDGE Marriage License and Certificate, (Filed 13 Jan 1872), Larimer County, Colorado Marriage Register, Book A, Page 113; Larimer County Clerk and Recorder, Fort Collins, (Larimer), CO 80522. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #609}.

39. Lorenzo D. TURNER Household, 1880 United States Federal Census, 6th Precinct, Larimer County, Colorado, Enumeration District 71, (Dated 23 Jun 1880), Page 32, Dwelling 422, Family 448, LDS Microfilm #1254092; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, (Salt Lake), UT 84150. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #505}.

40. L. D. TURNER Household, 1885 Nebraska State Census with Agriculture Return, West 1/2, Sheridan County, Nebraska, Enumeration District 740, (Dated 25 Jun 1885), Pages 31 & 47, Dwelling 549, Family 580, LDS Microfilm #0499580; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, (Salt Lake), UT 84150. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #506}.

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Huldah Jane Arledge's Timeline

February 26, 1856
Blue Earth, MN, USA
Age 17
Fort Collins, Larimer Co., Colorado, USA
April 10, 1875
Age 19
Fort Collins, Larmer Co., Colorado, United States
February 12, 1878
Age 21
Greely, Weld Co., Colorado, USA
October 1880
Age 24
Pine Ridge Indian Res., South Dakota, USA
Age 28
White Clay Creek, South Dakota, United States
February 10, 1949
Age 92
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada [Bur Grande Prairie Cemetery]