|Photo from Sandy Lyon: "Lower Waterford Cemetery, Samuel and Esther Benton, who originally built the Simpson/Fleming Farm."|
POEM (by BK) for the Bentons:
He built his log house at age twenty-four
though Esther longed for something more.
Still tried her best to keep it warm
Even during winter storms.
No inner walls but a blanket hung --
behind it she bore their little son.
Labored to spin enough for pay
to rent a cow, milked every day
to feed the children as they came:
a dozen with the Benton name.
Later the Simpson, then Fleming dairy --
this little homestead, sweet and merry.
As for the Bentons, they aged well,
paid by young Fairbanks (more land to sell)!
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