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Benjamin Boese
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Birth: Mar. 1, 1873, Poland
Death: Oct. 10, 1960
Oklahoma, USA

A Sympathy Poem Titled,'A Gleam of Sunshine'

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time's flowing tide,
Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side.

Here runs the highway to the town;
There the green lane descends,
Through which I walked to church with thee,
O gentlest of my friends!

The shadow of the linden-trees
Lay moving on the grass;
Between them and the moving boughs,
A shadow, thou didst pass.

Thy dress was like the lilies,
And thy heart as pure as they:
One of God's holy messengers
Did walk with me that day.

I saw the branches of the trees
Bend down thy touch to meet,
The clover-blossoms in the grass
Rise up to kiss thy feet,

"Sleep, sleep to-day, tormenting cares,
Of earth and folly born!"
Solemnly sang the village choir
On that sweet Sabbath morn.

Through the closed blinds the golden sun
Poured in a dusty beam,
Like the celestial ladder seen
By Jacob in his dream.

And ever and anon, the wind,
Sweet-scented with the hay,
Turned o'er the hymn-book's fluttering leaves
That on the window lay.

Long was the good man's sermon,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,
And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For in my heart I prayed with him,
And still I thought of thee.

But now, alas! the place seems changed;
Thou art no longer here:
Part of the sunshine of the scene
With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,
Like pine-trees dark and high,
Subdue the light of noon, and breathe
A low and ceaseless sigh;

This memory brightens o'er the past,
As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs
Shines on a distant field.

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


1930 Federal Census

Name: Ben J Boese

Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1930
Event Place: Karoma, Alfalfa, Oklahoma
District: 0022
Gender: Male
Age: 57
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1873
Birthplace: Poland
Immigration Year: 1874
Father's Birthplace: Poland
Mother's Birthplace: Poland
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Ben J Boese........M/57/Poland
Wife Susie Boese.........F/54/Pennsylvania
Daug Esther Boese.......F/11/Oklahoma
Son Joseph L Boese......M/09/Oklahoma

Family links: 
  Susanna Schartner Boese (1876 - 1939)*
  Karoline Boese Koehn (1885 - 1959)*
  Lena Bell Boese Jantz (1897 - 1933)*
  Elvinia Johnson Boese Hoffman (1900 - 1962)*
  Joseph Lewis Boese (1920 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
New Hopedale Mennonite Memorial Cemetery
Major County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Janet Milburn
Record added: Jan 13, 2012
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Benjamin Boese
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Your family came to this country, many years ago when you were but a child. They came for a better life To worship and live and love as they wished. I hope their dreams and yours were fulfilled.
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014

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