Benson Polytechnic High School - BluePrint Yearbook (Portland, OR)

 - Class of 1976

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i 4 Q E is I Q. i Pt, , Q f- ' 5 se it 4, f visa ex '-" fe ,. .H is fy ff" 5. 1 "fy If kg. 2' 'K -. ' 'ie sf' ""' f 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 difficulty." 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. Page 3



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Page 4 First To Use Log Rafts ln 1863 Mrs. Benson became ill. Simon Benson sold his land and logging outfit and moved to Colfax, Washington, where the drier climate would help Mrs. Benson's condition. Benson worked at a sawmill, earning seventy-tive dollars a month. Mrs. Benson died several months later, and after paying for an extensive funeral, Simon Benson was once again in debt. Benson had a special talent for saving money, even though he was frequently bankrupt. In one year after his wife's death, he had saved 53,000 and had paid all his bills. It was then that he went into partnership with Orway and Weidler on a 4,000 acre land tract near Cathlamet, Washington. After four years of hard work, Benson was becoming rich and was increasing his business. With a dedication to get as tar ahead as he possibly could, Benson was soon making 52,800 Cl day, and S300,000 a year. is - Q 1,15

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