Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 736 transcribed by students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19, 2001.


R. L. Turner

R. L. TURNER. - Largely endowed with the spirit of activity and enterprise characteristic of the true-born American, R. L. Turner, of Kansas City, Kansas, is carrying on a successful business as one of the proprietors of the West Side Garage, his partner in the concern being P. T. Shortall.

Mr. Turner was born in Brown county, Kansas, in 1886, and for fourteen years has been a resident of Kansas City. Possessing much native mechanical taste and ingenuity, he began as a boy to develop his special talent, and learned the machinist's trade in Kansas City, Missouri, in the works of the Pope Motor Car Company. He subsequently worked as a journeyman in various shops until starting in business on his own account in the spring of 1910. Forming then a partnership with Fred Winters, he established his present garage, and the two gentlemen operated it for a year. In February, 1911, Mr. Shortall bought out the interest of Mr. Winters, and he and Mr. Turner are now carrying on a large and lucrative business, being especially well patronized.

The garage is finely equipped with a full line of cars for public service, and has rent space for other cars. This firm keeps constantly on hand a complete line of auto supplies of all kinds, and its machine shop for auto repairing is one of the most modernly furnished, with everything needed in their line of repairing, in the city. Messrs. Turner and Shortall deal in the E. M. F. and the Overland cars, and in addition to their regular automobiles own and operate a seven-passenger car, keeping it exclusively for picnics and parties, it being at all times in charge of a competent and skilful chauffer. The firm employs four men, and all are kept busy in repairing or handling the many machines and attending to the wants of the many patrons of the establishment.



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