Harlan was born Morgan County, Kentucky on February 27, 1857 to James and Elizabeth (Trimble) Turner. The 1860 and 1870 census describe him as living at home with his parents in Kentucky. In 1880 Harlan is living in Valley, Linn, Kansas. He is described as a farmer and a partner in the farm. When he arrived in Butler, Missouri is a mystery to me. However, I got more information about him from the Butler newspaper.
Imagine my surprise to read that he was involved in a gun fight in a saloon in Butler. Compared to
Later in the evening they both returned and their gun fight ensured. The bartender, Robert Plummer,
described the incident as follows: