By Deb Schultz
Special to The Record-Times 

Wheat King of the Big Bend Country


Last updated 7/27/2023 at 10am

Courtesy Lincoln County Museums

Farmers tend to the wheat harvest in an undated historical picture from Lincoln County.

HARRINGTON - It is that golden field time of year again when thoughts in Lincoln County turn to harvest. The reader might find it interesting to hear the story of Luther Turner who was proclaimed "Wheat King of the Big Bend Country" in a March 1906 issue of the Spokesman-Review.

Luther, born Oct. 6, 1862, came from humble beginnings as the only child of Civil War Union Officer Sergeant Robert C. Turner and Abigail Williams in Meigs County, Tennessee. Robert Turner died a young man the result of his time as a prisoner of war. He was not able to see his son grow to manhood.

In 1888 Luthe...

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