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Hi I am looking to get in touch with the Benson Family who lived in North Quincy mass. My grandparents bought their house.
I grew up with those elephants. Jackie, Queenie and Liz mostly. Tanya came later, correct? I used to stand in the elephant barn the whole visit and solicit information about the girls from Larry Records, their trainer. He would let me in and hold me up to touch the faces of the gentle giants. Best... (more)
November 7, 2014 19:00:43 (EDT)
I remember more. The elephant "stampeded" frightened by some other animal. Handler yelled, don't"bring out ?? when I am giving rides!" What crossed our paths? That I can't recall.
October 25, 2014 18:00:43 (EDT)
I remember riding on the back of an elephant in the late 40's or early 50's. Was it at Bensons?
October 24, 2014 16:04:43 (EDT)
In response to Thomas... This is a delay in responding, so I offer my apologies. However, the elephant statue is currently the property of Grand View Flea Market, business that drew all the drama about fake high-end merchandise being sold resulting in their closing down from flea market business.... (more)
Being from Pelham, NH I went to Bensons on occasion. My family and I are having our reunion there Sept 6th. It will be great to be back.
I worked at bensons in the late 50s early 60s as assistant trainer for joe acaro. later I went to california and did movie animals. best time of my life!!! were at bensons!Reading the post from (paul frazer) brought tears to my eyes.does any body know anything about john dufresne who worked... (more)
I have recived two items from bebsons animal park one is a mold to make a cloun head,the other is a life size mold to make a life size cow. You can call me at 603 296 7207 please cAll people are asking for these items.
The Bensons elephant that was on the corner of the old flea market in Derry is gone this morning.
Anyone know what happened to it? It would suck if it was thrown away or destroyed. :-(
Hey everyone: As you can see my name above I just wanted to contact someone regarding a key chain medallion, I think is brass about a little bigger than a quarter from Bensons Wild Animal Park, circa the 1950's. I am now 65, and I remember going to the park all the time as we lived in Pelham, in... (more)
Mike, apparently you are stealing Dane Cook 's material. Try something original next time.
July 23, 2014 07:20:10 (EDT)
I remember I had always wanted to go to Benson's Animal Farm when I was a kid. My dad always promised me we would go, but he was a hard working guy and would drink heavily on the weekends. He would always say after he woke from a hangover "Benson's isn't going anywhere" I want to go there and... (more)
July 21, 2014 10:07:58 (EDT)
I feel very lucky to have had the memories of benson's while growing up.I think the pic of the woman on the elephant, holding a child, is my mother holding my brother...also that she knew the trainer of the lions and somewhere in her old photos owned by my sister is a pic of her lying with the... (more)
July 11, 2014 19:02:31 (EDT)
Wow, I have not been on this board in a long time. I heard of Mrs. Guill's passing and it brought me back. A very special family - many happy memories in that house. Dot....this is not the board for you. It is sad when people waste their energy on negativity that cannot change things. The animals... (more)
July 11, 2014 13:26:18 (EDT)
Sarah: I worked at Benson's during the summers of 1979 and 1980 in the ride area. Benson's did have a train (that was my job, train operator) but it wasn't a "Clown Train". The reason I got the job was because the engine in the train was a tractor engine so the operator had to be a licensed... (more)
July 11, 2014 00:48:04 (EDT)
I have created a Benson's Park Calendar and would like to speak with someone regarding distribution... who should I contact?
Thanks Jay. Great loss of a great lady. RIP Jenny Guill. You are remembered and put smiles on more faces than you ever knew.
June 21, 2014 07:50:28 (EDT)
We have lost another one from park, Jenny Guill passsed away yesterday. Jenny was eveybody's mother and loved my all. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Guill family many who also worked at the park over the years.
June 20, 2014 17:05:49 (EDT)
Hello, I recently bought a collection of elephants that had belonged to Mr. Provencher and learned that Benson's is likely to do a new exhibit. If you would have any interest in these, please give me a call at (603) 770-2225. Thank you, Laurie Galbo Nashua Coins & Collectibles 202 Main... (more)
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