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A Pioneer


Last updated 9/30/2020 at 10:12am

Back in 1950, an event took place to mark the passing of one of the area's most historic citizens. Her name was Mrs. Irene Benedict, and she is probably unknown to all of you. Today I would like to share with you some of this lady's interesting story.

She was born in Fountain in August 1861. She wasn't born in a hospital, or even a farm house. No, Irene was born in a covered wagon! Her family settled five miles west on what would become Charter Oak Ranch. Her mother died when she was a few weeks old, and she was adopted by a family that lived nine miles south of Fountain. Her adoptive mothe...

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