Nestled along the Skagit River, our 165-acre farm was purchased in 1894 by Lonn’s great-grandparents Sam and Nettie Benson. Sam Benson was a foreman for the county and raised working mules for land clearing and road building. When Sam suddenly passed in 1932, grandpa Irv Benson, son of Sam and Nettie, took over the farm.
Irv worked for Union Oil Company delivering stove oil by horse and buggy to customers of the valley while he got a dairy herd started on the farm. Irv and Myrtle ran Bensons Dairy farm until 1965, when they sold out and retired from Union Oil Co.
Now that Irv had the full-time farm life, he decided to raise beef. In 1995 Lonn and I had the opportunity to carry on the Benson tradition of farming our beautiful ranch and continue to use the same practices as our family before us.