|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1895|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1974|
Jerry met Elva Lyons at a dance in Kingsville and they were married 5 March 1919. During this time he worked as a timekeeper at Pittsburgh and Conneaut Dock Company in Conneaut. He also did some trucking until his truck burned up in the garage. Receiving a full scholarship to college by the government because of his disability, he entered the University of Michigan in the fall of 1921. On 22 September 1922, a daughter, Beverly, was born. During the years he studied forestry at college, he was to become quite famous for his pitching abilities on the University of Michigan team, aiding the Wolverines in achieving a western conference title.
After college he was a salesman in Kentucky where he had a close brush with death while driving alone one night. A car with four men cut him off, blocking the road. Recognizing danger, he held his gun beside him in the seat as two men walked toward the car. One stuck a gun to his head on the driver's side as the other approached the passenger door. He shot the first one and wounded the second, taking off fast as the two others riddled his car with bullets. Miraculously, he escaped without a scratch and they were apprehended later. The men had already murdered two people under similar circumstances two weeks before.
From 1935 to 1941, Jerry served as sheriff of Ashtabula County and for the next 20 years was juvenile officer, serving under Judge J. Phillip Perry. He was also a trustee for the George J. Record School Foundation until his death.
He spent years studying and investing in the stock market and also loved to fool around with inventions, selling rights to a fish line sinker at one time. After retiring as juvenile officer, he sold real estate, being instrumental in the sale of land in Monroe Township to the Conneaut Country Club, now Windy Hills Golf Course and Resort.
Elva was born 1 January 1902 to William and Mae (Dibble) Lyons. Dibble Road in Kingsville is named for her family. She relates that her father worked for a roller mill for the sum of $1 a day. After her marriage, she stayed in Michigan with Jerry while he attended college. During the years he was sheriff, she served as matron at the jail, and later at the detention home for 20 years. Elva is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Eastern Star, and enjoys playing bridge, bingo and canasta and is still bowling every week. Beverly, who lives at home with her mother, is one of this writer's sources of family history, remembering much about people and places.
Jerry was a member of the Masons and the American Legion in Conneaut. He died of kidney failure 27 August 1974 and is buried at Kelloggsville Cemetery.
(from "History of Ashtabula County" as told to Martha Stump Benson by Elva and Beverly Benson, 1985)
Jeremiah Charles Benson (1865 - 1934)
Stella Struble Benson (1867 - 1942)
Elva Marie Lyons Benson (1902 - 1992)*
Beverly Jean Benson (1922 - 2007)*
Rockford Leming Benson (1892 - 1986)*
Jeremiah Struble Benson (1895 - 1974)
Monroe Township Kelloggsville Cemetery
Plot: Section 9 Lot 12 Grave 5
Created by: Amy Elizabeth
Record added: Sep 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97470222