A. H. TURRITTIN. There is now serving in the office of superintendent of banks for Minnesota one of the ablest bankers of the state, with a notable record of efficient management over half a dozen or more individual institutions. Mr. Turrittin is well known throughout Minnesota both in banking and civic circles, and is one of the men at the state capital who are devoting themselves with all the energy and wisdom at their command to the duties of an office which is intimately connected with the basic welfare of business.

Mr. Turrittin, who lives at Sauk Rapids, was born at Kasota, LeSueur County, Minnesota, July 12, 1874, a son of James B. and Wilhelmina (Zwanziger) Turrittin. His father was a pioneer in LeSueur County, having located at Cleveland in 1859. There he operated a sawmill, and for many years was engaged in the manufacture of both hard and soft lumber and continued in that industry until a short time before his death. He passed away January 17, 1911. He was also an old soldier, having enlisted as a private in Company K of the Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry early in the war, and being promoted to sergeant and later to second lieutenant of his company. The regiment was commanded by Col. William R. Marshall. He was with the regiment in its various campaigns through the South, and was severely wounded in the battle of Nashville at the end of 1864. For some time he was under the command of the Federal general, A. J. Smith. His wife died in LeSueur County about the same time as her husband.

A. H. Turrittin was graduated from the Mankato State Normal School in the advanced Latin course in 1894, at the age of twenty years. After several years of experience as a teacher and in business affairs, in 1900 he became president of the First National Bank of Royalton. Since then continuously for fifteen years he has enjoyed a high position as a financier. He continued as president of the bank at Royalton until 1903, and from that year until 1912 was president of the Rice State Bank at Rice. He was president of the State Savings Bank of Ortley, South Dakota, from 1909 to 1912. He has also served as cashier and director of the Benton County State Bank, as president of the State Bank of Long Lake, and of the Farmers State Bank of Bruce, South Dakota. During his residence in Rice he served as president of the village four years, and has been a member of the village council, mayor and member of the school beard at Sauk Rapids. In 1908 Mr. Turrittin was a republican presidential elector for Minnesota.

He began his career as an educator, and from 1894 until 1903 was superintendent of schools at Motley, St. Clair and Royalton, Minnesota, having graduated from school work into banking. He was made superintendent of banks for the State of Minnesota on May 21, 1914, and now resides in St. Paul. Mr. Turrittin is a Presbyterian, and in politics a republican. He has fraternal affiliations with the Masons, the Elks, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Order of Owls, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Order of the Eastern Star. He is now associate grand patron of the O. E. S. On June 22, 1905, at Royalton, Minnesota, Mr. Turrittin married Miss Bessie L. Bouck. They are the parents of two children: Hugh Lonsdale, born in 1906; and an infant daughter, named Phyllis Asenath Turrittin. (Vol. 3, p. 1694)

Minnesota, its story and biography (1915) by Henry A. Castle

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TURRITTIN, Albert Hugh, banker; born at Kasota, Minn., July 12, 1874; son of James Benjamin and Wilhelmina Turrittin; educated in district and graded schools; State Normal School, Mankato, Minn., graduating from advanced Latin course, 1894. Married at Royalton, Minn., 1905, to Miss Bessie Lonsdale Bouck. Was assistant principal Kasota graded school, 1894-95; principal schools, Motley, 1895-97, and St. Clair, 1897-99; superintendent Royalton High School, 1899-1903. Entered banking and was president Merchants State Bank, Royalton, 1900-02; president First National Bank, 1903; director Bank of Hazelton, N.D., 1906; cashier Bank of Rice, Rice, Minn., since 1903 and now its owner. President Village of Rice since 1904. Member Minnesota Educational Association for 5 years; one year president and two years secretary Graded School section, M.E.A. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Masonic order, Eastern Star, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America, I.O.R.M., B.P.O.E., Sons of Veterans. Recreations: Hunting and tennis. Address: Rice, Minn.(p. 521)

The Book of Minnesotans; a biographical dictionary of leading living men of the state of Minnesota (1907), edited by Albert Nelson Marquis.

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