Born in Waco, Texas, Thomas Turner was 40 years old when he was elected Sheriff of Santa Cruz County at the dawn of the 20th Century. Armed with a Colt Single Action revolver with a 5 ½ inch barrel, Turner was one of many Arizona peace officers who would ultimately join the hunt for lawman-turned-outlaw Burt Alvord in the early 1900s. But perhaps one of his more interesting cases involved young Harry Whipple, who managed a double robbery one afternoon on the road from Patagonia to Washington Camp. In a matter of minutes, Whipple relieved three men on two separate wagons of about eighteen dollars and a single pocket watch. Turner was soon on his trail and would track the hoodlum across an unbelievably large region of Arizona, Sonora and New Mexico Territory before finally apprehending his man. Turner was succeeded in office by Sheriff Charles Fowler in 1905. In later life Turner retired to Los Angeles, California where he passed away in 1937.