*****Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, November 22, 1945*****
S.M. Benjamin was born June 21, 1861 in Morgan County, Ohio, and died November 16, 1945 at Mercy Hospital in Denver, after an illness of three weeks.
He came to Phillips County in 1916 from Fullerton, Nebraska, and made his home here until 1931, when he and his wife went to Palisade, Nebraska and made their home with their daughter, Mrs. L.R. Eichmeier. Mrs. Benjamin died in 1934 and was buried at Palisade, Nebraska. His son, Everette Benjamin died a year ago. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. L.R. Eichmeier and children. The deceased always held his birthright in the Friends Church. Funeral services and burial were at Palisade, Nebraska, Monday, November 20.
*****Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, December 6, 1945*****
LAST RITES HELD FOR S.M. BENJAMIN AT PALISADE, NEBRASKA
Funeral services were held November 19 for Sidney M. Benjamin, 85, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.R. Eickmeier. Rev. Alva H. Clark of Chappell conducted the services. Pallbearers were men from the Krotter ranch. A trio: Mrs. Audrey Krotter, Mrs. Jess Egle and J.J. Newman sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” “Peace, Peace,” and “When the Roll is Called up Yonder, I’ll Be There.”
Sidney Matthew Benjamin was born June 21, 1860 on a farm near Malta, Ohio, as the second son of the seven children of James and Julia Benjamin, and died at the Mercy Hospital in Denver, Colorado, Friday, November 16, 1945 at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 16 days.
On October 30, 1886 he was married to Lydia Jane Bailey at Springfield, Iowa. To this union three children were born. One son died in infancy; one son, Everett, a sergeant in World War I, died October 1944. His daughter, Zada, lives at Palisade, Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin homesteaded at Fullerton, Nebraska and 43 years ago broke sod on their farms near Holyoke, where Mr. Benjamin was an extensive farmer until his retirement 25 years ago. In 1893 at Fullerton, Nebraska he and his wife came through the drought and the suffering of the following winter when the Indians roamed the country in search of food, and the white people had to keep close watch over their small supply.
He was one of the stockholders who built the Burge Hotel in Holyoke and held stock in the bank and other enterprises here. He was always interested in the progress of farming and took an active interest.
Fifteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin moved to their daughter’s home near Palisade, Nebraska, where they lived until the death of Mrs. Benjamin in January 1933. He then returned to Holyoke to live an active life until ill health forced him to enter the hospital in October.
He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Zada Eckmeier, with her husband; four grandchildren Alfred, Lester, Jan and Lara; two brothers, Charles and John of Malta, Ohio; other relatives and many friends.
Mr. Benjamin early in life was an active member of the Christian church. After his marriage he shared with his wife in the Quaker faith, and during the time they lived in Fullerton, Nebraska, Holyoke, Colorado, and Palisade, Nebraska, they were both affiliated with the Methodist churches of those communities.