Today there is a park and university housing at 14th and Sangamon, but if you Google it, you find that it used to be known as "Dead Man's Corner" because of all the homicides that took place there between 1880 and 1920.
The 1900 US Census shows the Turner family living at 112 West Twelfth Street (now Roosevelt Road). August Turner said that he had been born in September of 1869 and was then 30 years old. Fannie was listed as having been born in August of 1868. Then there were their three children: Bella, Minnie and Jacob. Fannie's father Falek Meisler was also living with them. August listed his occupation as "picture frame maker". They owned the property on Twelfth street free and clear.
Meanwhile, the family firm, now renamed the Turner Manufacturing Company was thriving. They opened a second office in New York and would become for a time the largest manufacturers of picture frames in the United States.
The 1910 US Census shows the Turner family living at 1835 S. Turner (now Christiana) Avenue in Chicago. Unfortunately all that is there today is a vacant lot.
|1835 S. Christiana Avenue, Chicago|
The family consisted of August and Fannie, Belle, Minnie and Jacob. This time it was August's mother Bessie who was living with them, as well as a servant, Mina Helwig.
Any mentions of August Turner in the Chicago Tribune from 1910-1924 were charity related. He was involved with the Federated Orthodox Jewish Charities, the Jewish Home for the Aged and the Chicago Hebrew Institute, among others.
On November 21, 1922, the Chicago Daily Tribune carried the following article:
There is no record of how the suit turned out.
His funeral took place on December 30, 1924 at the (Jewish) Home for the Aged, 1648 S. Albany Avenue. Rabbi Sol Silber conducted the service.
So that's the story of August Turner. So what about the symbol on his monument?
August Turner's grave is not the only one at Waldheim that uses this symbol - I just featured his because it is the most prominent. I don't understand why a Jewish cemetery would allow a grave to be marked with a representation of a pagan god. I am sure that if August Turner had wanted to mark his grave with a cross that would not have been allowed.
Much was said about murder victim Ron Goldman's tombstone with an ankh on it, but he is not buried in a Jewish cemetery.