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Name Turner, Martha Margaret, 1868-1946
Born 09/06/1868
Birthplace Ohio, West Liberty
Places of residence Nebraska (Platte), Columbus
Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Colorado (Washington)
Father M.K. Turner
Mother Eliza Craig
Education Columbus High School (?), graduate 1887; Art Institute and School of Illustration in Chicago; School of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Notes The Turner family came to Nebraska in 1870, settling near Columbus. Her father founded the Columbus Journal newspaper. Martha worked at the paper on weekends and during breaks from school. After graduating from high school she worked full time at the paper, taking time out to take courses at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Nebraska. She spent two years as editor of the Columbus Journal after her father's death in 1906. She then sold the paper, moved to Lincoln, NE, and spent ten years as art and church editor, society editor, and reporter on assignment for the State Journal. In 1913, Martha filed a homestead claim for half a section of land in Washington County, Colorado, and lived in a sod house on the land for seven moths of the year until her claim was proved. Later she inherited and purchased additional previously family owned lands in Platte County and a house lot in Lincoln. She joined the Nebraska State Historical Society in about 1920, providing sketches of historical sites and illustrations for society publications including "Nebraska History of Addison E Sheldon." The society hired her to head the newspaper department and she later founded the photograph department as well. In her job and free time she answered queries about Nebraska history and conducted research used in writing numerous articles on various Nebraska history subjects for publication in area newspapers and for syndication. She wrote the chapter on early artists in the book "Nebraska Art and Artists" published in 1932 and wrote a history of Columbus, Nebraska, "Our Own History" published in 1940. She sponsored an essay contest for area school children to write about Nebraska pioneer settlers in 1933 with the results released in 1934. She never married and late in life she lived with her sister Frances, her widowed sister, Lida, and her nephew Ralph Johnson. She retired from the Society in May, 1946 and died in June of the same year.
Occupation Editor, Columbus Journal; Editor, State Journal; Head of Newspaper Department and Founder of Photograph Department, Nebraska State Historical Society c. 1920-1946
Publications Martha is published in the Columbus Journal, the State Journal, Nebraska History of Addison E. Sheldon, Nebraska Art and Artists, and Our Own History
Relationships Siblings Craig, Ralph, Frances, Gladys, Rene, Lida Johnson, Anna Rowe, and Hattie Walker; nephew Ralph Johnson
Deceased 06/1946
Deceased where Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln

Associated Records

Image of RG0762.AM - RG0762 Turner, Martha Margaret, 1868-1946

RG0762.AM - RG0762 Turner, Martha Margaret, 1868-1946

This collection relates to the professional interests and personal life of Martha Turner. The collection is arranged as follows: Subgroup 1: Professional Papers Series 1: Pioneer Essay Contest, 1933-1934 Series 2: Nebraska Research, c.1904-c.1942 Series 3: Nebraska History, Specific Localities, 1929-1945 Series 4: General History Research, 1919-1937 Series 5: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1898-1945 Subgroup 2: Personal Papers Series 1: Financial Records, 1914-1946 Series 2: Land Owned & Real Estate Records, 1913-1946 Series 3: Personal Items, 1876-1956 The Professional Papers of Subgroup 1 form the bulk of the collection. Included are materials such as Nebraska school ch

Image of RG0961.AM - RG0961 Donovan, William T.

RG0961.AM - RG0961 Donovan, William T.

The decision to make Lincoln the capital of Nebraska was made in the home of William T. Donovan. This collection relates primarily to the dedication of a plaque marking the site of Donovan's home. The manuscript component of this collection consists of correspondence, a program, and a newsletter related to the Donovan home, the site at which Lincoln was chosen as Nebraska's capital. The correspondence includes information about the cost of the commemorative bronze historical marker and the location of the Donovan home. The program lists activities from the 1927 dedication ceremony, and the newsletter provides information about the selection of Lincoln as state capital. Also included is an ov

Image of 268-18 - Legging, Buckskin; Single; Beaded; Geometric

268-18 - Legging, Buckskin; Single; Beaded; Geometric

Single legging made of native tanned buck skin and decorated with beadwork. Legging is made of several rectangular pieces of leather stitched together to fit between ankle and knee. Leather laces close the lower section of the leggings. The upper parts of the leggings do not have thongs or laces attached to them. The lower portion of the leggings is decorated with a geometric beaded design. The design includes cross shapes, stepped triangles and narrow stripes. The beaded motifs are done with red, dark blue, light blue, dark green, yellow and silver metal against a white background.

Image of 268-19-(1-2) - Moccasins, Adult, Hard Sole

268-19-(1-2) - Moccasins, Adult, Hard Sole

Adult moccasins made of leather with hard sole and decorated with glass beads. The ankle flaps are made of a separate piece of leather that is stitched with sinew to the rest of the moccasin and folds over. A separate elongated rounded tip shaped cut tongue is attached with sinew. Leather thong laces are attached to the corners of the ankle flaps, through slits in the skin. The moccasins are decorated with glass beads in colors of dark blue, grass green, red white hearts, and white. The top of each moccasin has a blue and white grid design. This design is repeated around the ankles, underneath the ankle flaps. The lower edges of the moccasin are decorated with a geometric triangular teepee de

Image of 268-20-(1-2) - Moccasins, Plain Style, Floral, Separate Sole

268-20-(1-2) - Moccasins, Plain Style, Floral, Separate Sole

Adult moccasins with a hard sole and seams on the backs of the heels. The insteps are decorated with large floral designs. The beadwork is symetrical and outlined with white beads. The floral motif features a downward facing bud, with two large leaves and a heart shaped base. The sides of the moccasins have abstract beaded leaf designs on them. The beads used in the designs are light blue, dark blue, pink, yellow, red and white. The tongues are rounded at the top and made of separate pieces of leather that are attached to the moccasin with sinew. The edges of the tongue are trimmed with red wool that is attached to the leather with red thread. The cuffs are low and straight cut. There is a sm

Image of 268-21 - Necklace; Beaded; Leather Fringe

268-21 - Necklace; Beaded; Leather Fringe

Necklace made of strands of glass beads wrapped around a long tube of rolled fabric. The fabric is cotton and printed with red and pink geometric designs. The beads are dark teal blue and translucent orange glass. The strands of beads cross over each other in the middle of the necklace, and a pieces of fringed leather secures the beaded strands. The ends of the strands are trimmed with leather fringe.

Image of 268-6 - Corset; Beige, Heavily Boned, Cotton

268-6 - Corset; Beige, Heavily Boned, Cotton

Handmade tan linen corset with wood stays. Corset sits under the bust and curves down over the stomach. High Back. The corset closes with eyelets at the back. Leather reinforces seams and provides protection for the body at the lower edge, front and back.

Image of 824P-2 - Portrait, Minerva, Indian Girl, Oil; Martha Turner, 1933

824P-2 - Portrait, Minerva, Indian Girl, Oil; Martha Turner, 1933

Oil painting of Me-Na-A-Be, Omaha girl Minerva, daughter of Henry Cline.

RG0961.PH - Collection, Photograph

The decision to make Lincoln the capital of Nebraska was made in the home of William T. Donovan. This collection relates primarily to the dedication of a plaque marking the site of Donovan's home. This collection consists of photographic prints, 1927 and undated, related to the Donovan family and dedication of a plaque marking the site of the Donovan home. Included are sketches of the home and its location, individual photographs of Donovan family members, and photographs from the historical marker dedication ceremony. Photographs from the dedication ceremony show the moment of unveiling, and individuals who attended are identified.