Born: October 21, 1898
Died: May 11, 1987
Married: Ruth Lyon
Children: Joan Hough
Frank Ives Turner was a well-known surveyor. As the quotation below shows, he was a jack of all trades, as are many Adirondackers, working as a caretaker and running a trap line, as well as surveying. He was a World War I veteran, whose name is inscribed on a plaque located at the triangle between River Street and Church Street in Saranac Lake.
On April 7, 1958, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise published a letter to the editor from Dan McMasters, who by then was working for the Los Angeles Examiner. The Enterprise reprinted their own front page on April 15, 2006. In part the letter read: "In 1933 and 1934 I worked in the summer as a chore boy at the McAlpine camp on the slough between Upper St. Regis and Spitfire lakes. Ives Turner was the caretaker. After the summer season ended and the camp was closed, I stayed on with him to help in his trapping. He then had a trap line some 200 miles in length. I'd have worked for nothing but he actually paid me— a dollar a day for my room and board, and a dollar for every mink we got. . . . The depression had finally hit Saranac, a couple of years after it paralyzed the rest of America, and caused a vast unease."
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 12, 1987
F. Ives Turner
SARANAC LAKE - F. Ives Turner, 88, Lake Clear, died Monday evening, May 11, at the General Hospital of Saranac Lake.
Mr. Turner was a land surveyor for 60 years, retiring in 1983. A lifelong resident of the area, he was a veteran of World War I. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1925 with a degree in civil engineering, having excelled in track events while at college.
He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Lyon, whom he married in 1929.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Joan Hough of Saranac Lake; a nephew, Kendrick Lessey of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Turner was a member of the Saranac Lake Duplicate Bridge Club and had the rank of life master. He was a member of the American Contract Bridge League.
Calling hours will take place from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm Wednesday at the Fortune Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Paul Smiths.