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Lone Elm Farm photographs

Identifier: CD-012

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ninety-nine photographs. They document the Lone Elm Farm in Menominee County, Michigan and the Benson and Christiansen families who lived there.


  • 1885 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some items have no copyright; others are still under copyright. See item-level metadata for which items are under copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Lone Elm Farm was a family farm in Menominee County, Michigan. The farm was founded by Peter and Emma Benson in the late 1890s. Their son, Andrew Benson Sr., took over the farm in the 1930s, after living on adjacent land in a log house with his wife, Hanna Christensen Benson, and their 12 children. Andrew's son Jerry took over operation of the farm after Andrew's death in 1955, though Hanna continued to live on the farm and do the housework for her bachelor son until the mid-1980s.

Family Tree: Peter Benson m. Emma Anderson. Children: Andrew 1890 - 1955, James, Emma, Mary.

Knut Christensen m. Andrea Larsson. Children: Edwin Cornelius Christensen, 1886 - 1901; Alvin Christensen, 1890 - 1890; Johannah Oline (Hanna) Christensen, 1891 - 1984; Charley LaRoy Christensen, 1891 - 1905; Freddie Gilbert Christensen, 1895 - 1896; Alf Leonard Christensen, 1897 - ??; Annie May Christensen, 1897 - 1972; Adolph Martinius Christensen, 1898 - ??; Ruth Olivia Christensen, 1901 - ??; Helen Sophie Christensen, 1904 - ??


99 items

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to UPLINK by Jodi Perras as a result of the community digitization event held in Stephenson in August 2022. The event was sponsored by the Menominee County Library and funded by the Michigan Humanities Council.

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This collection is part of UPLINK, the Upper Peninsula Digital Network. You can see it on the UPLINK website here.

Lone Elm Farm photographs
Annika Peterson
16 November 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Upper Peninsula Digital Network Community Donations Repository



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