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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Family Plan: 1908

Family Plan: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Wylie Mill. Boy with calf is Pamento Benson. Raising it for beef. Has worked in mill 2 years. Mr. Benson said, "Just as soon as the boys get old enough to handle a plow, we go straight back to the farm. Factory is no place for boys." Next to Pamento is Ray Benson, "helper in the mill." Next Clarence Rost, works in mill. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Moo.

The calf became Elsie the Borden cow!

[Or Big Mac. - Dave]

Family Plan: 1908

This is Joe Manning. Pamento was actually James Parmenter (or Permenter) Benson. He was born in 1895 and died in 1972 in Chester, S.C. Brother Ray was Nicholas Ray Benson, born in 1900. In the 1930 census, James was listed as a loom fixer in a cotton mill in Chester. Both brothers were unmarried and lived with their widowed mother.

[Fascinating as usual. But what happened to the cow? - Dave]

 
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