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Try. Try Again. Keep Trying
l'It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit
it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
- Franklin D.Roosevelt
32nd President of the
He was the first person to use sea-going log rafts for quicker
and easier transportation of his timbers: doing this when
California was in the midst of boom times, Benson had a good
business in the logging industry. These log rafts were shaped like
cigars, and contained over six million board feet of lumber
In 1905, Benson donated logs from his holdings to be used in
the construction of the famous Forestry Building, located in
northwest Portland. The Forestry Building was built as a
commemoration to the lO0th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark
Expedition. ln l964 a fire destroyed the entire structure. A new
Forestry Building was built in the West Hills near the Portland
Zoo to replace the original.
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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
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