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Simon Benson Hard Worker
It is with the spirit of patriotism that we dedicate the 1976
Blueprint to the celebration of our nation's Bi-centennial. Exactly
two hundred years ago our nation was founded by people who
were united in their beliefs in the cause of liberty, justice and
American independence. These people pledged their lives and
sacred honor to the ideals which make up our founding
document, the Declaration of Independence. This American
Dream has carried our nation forward in its two hundred year
history it is with the same spirit that 60 years ago
our school, Benson Polytechnic, was founded by Simon
Benson who believed in the American Dream. The desire to
educate ourselves and to become responsible citizens should act
as a beacon to all students of Benson to carry the American
Dream into the next two hundred years of our history.
Simon Benson was known mostly for his contribution to the
logging industry in the Pacific Northwest. He was born in south
central Norway in 1852, and sixteen years later, his family
moved to America. His family changed their name from
Bergerson to Benson because, in Simon's words, "We wanted to
be good Americans and have a good American name, a name
which could be remembered and pronounced with little
Benson worked for eleven years in logging camps and saw
mills in Black River, Wisconsin. He moved to Portland, Oregon,
when he was told about a lumber company that needed work.
Benson soon bought out the company and was making money.
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