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Mill Valley Record
Saturday, May 6, 1922
SAMUEL H. BENSON
Aged Father of Mill Valley Family Passes
Surrounded by wife, sons and daughters, the passing of Samuel H. Benson occurred on Monday, April 30, in his home on Forest Avenue. He was past 82 years of age and had been out of health for two years, but he kept his mental faculties to the last. Lancashire, England, was his native city, from which he came to the United States in his young manhood.
Mr. Benson held the position of foreman of boilermakers for the Southern Pacific Company for 30 years, his headquarters being in San Francisco. At the time of the great exodus from the city in 1906, he brought his family to Mill Valley and built the attractive cottage on Forest avenue, which has since been his home. He was ever industrious, improving steadily with his own hands his residence and grounds.
Mr. Benson was a man of sterling integrity, of devoted love of home and his family. He was of a retiring but most kindly nature, ever ready with a greeting for friend and neighbor. He was an indefatigable reader and student of social problems and believed in a greater future for the human race.
His wife, Anna H. Benson, four sons, two daughters, a sister and a grandson survive him. About five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Benson celebrated their golden wedding. Their oldest son, William H., is a resident of Southern California. He visited his father two weeks ago.
The three other sons are Samuel C., Richard C. and Henry James. The daughters are Aliss Clara Benson and Mrs. .Frank R. Thomas and the grandson Benson Thomas. The sister of the deceased, Mrs. Anna It. Wamhoff of Los Angeles, is older than her brother and the last surviving member of her immediate family.
The last services for Mr. Benson were conducted at the residence on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Leslie Kelly of the Church of Our Savior (Episcopal) officiating.
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