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Sam & William Bennington

Notwithstanding all the advancement that has been and yet shall be made in all other domains of human enterprise, it is certain that the great industries of agriculture and stock-growing, most closely allied with the earth itself, must ever figure as the basis of prosperity and progress along both material and civic lines. Thus that man may well be considered fortunate who stands exemplar of progressive enterprise in connection with these all-important phases of industrial activity, and such an alert, vigorous and successful man is Sam Bennington, who has won precedence as one of the representative agriculturists and stockraisers of his native county, where he is associated with his brother William in the ownership and operation of one of the finely improved and extensive landed estates of Clayton county, the same being specially well known by reason of its prestige in the production of the best grades of live stock, and the brothers having gained high reputation for the energy, discrimination and advanced policies which they have effectively brought to bear in connection with their operations.

Sam Bennington was born on a farm in section 36, Sperry township, this county, and the date of his nativity was August 29, 1872. He is a son of Samuel and Esther (Bidwell) Bennington, both of whom were born in England — representatives of sterling old families of the "right little isle." Samuel Bennington was reared and educated in his native land and his entire active career was one of close and favored association with the great fundamental industry of agriculture. He was a young man when he came to the United States and in 1856 he numbered himself among the pioneer settlers of Clayton county, Iowa, where he obtained land and, with characteristic energy and circumspection, instituted the development of a farm, in Sperry township. He was a man of strong and upright character, was possessed of much business acumen, and through his well ordered endeavors he achieved a large and worthy measure of success. He gained assured place as one of the influential agriculturists and valued citizens of Clayton county at the time of his death, which occurred March 3, 1906; he was the owner of a valuable landed estate of nine hundred acres. His devoted wife passed to the life eternal on the 7th of April, 1880, and concerning their children the following brief data are entered: Charles is now a resident of Rago, Kingman county, Kansas; Annie is the wife of Thomas Butcher, of Lawrence, Van Buren county, Michigan; Esther is the wife of Edward W. Griffith, of Marion, Lynn county, Iowa; William and Sam are, as previously noted, associated in successful operations as prominent farmers and stock-growers of Clayton county.

He whose name initiates this article is indebted to the public schools of his native county for his early educational discipline, and he became actively associated with the work and management of the home farm, in connection with which he gained broad and exact knowledge of all details of practical and scientific agriculture and stock-raising and proved a valued coadjutor of his honored father until the latter's death. He and his older brother, William, now own a valuable landed estate of seven hundred and seventy acres, in Highland and Sperry townships, and he occupies on the same the old homestead residence of his parents.

The Bennington Brothers give special attention to and have achieved marked success in the raising of the best grades of Shorthorn cattle, Shire horses and Shropshire sheep. The permanent improvements on the extensive farmstead are of the best order, including a large and attractive house, excellent bams, and minor buildings, and the equipment throughout is of the most advanced type, indicative of the progressiveness and thrift that make the model farmer.

William Bennington, who is a bachelor, occupies a house of his own, and this building likewise adds to the attractions of the fine fraternal domain, which is one of the admirable rural estates of this section of Iowa. The brothers pay unequivocal allegiance to the cause of the Republican party and are loyal and public-spirited citizens who command the high regard of the people of their native county. Sam Bennington is affiliated with the camp of the Woodmen of the World at Volga, which city constitutes his postoffice address and from which he receives service on rural mail route No. 2.

On the 22d of December, 1903, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Bennington to Miss Clara Chapman, who likewise was born and reared in Clayton county and whose parents, Engel and Mary (Jellings) Chapman, both now deceased, were born in England. Mr. and Mrs. Bennington have no children.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 34-36

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