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[The Fairview],   p. 56 PDF (342.3 KB)

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The primitive Americana hickory skein
winder purchased in Canada was an
important possession of Patrick and Mary
Kelly Bennett when they settled in Racine
County and located on Section 36; they
sold out there and moved to the Village of
Waterford and Patrick went to work at his
trade, carpenter and stone mason.
Eventually Patrick and Mary purchased a
farm one mile west of Waterford. Captain
Patrick Bennett joined a regiment and
raised a full company, being named their
Captain. The regiment went into service in
Virginia and Patrick was killed October 27,
1864 at the battle of Fair Oaks during the
Civil War. One of his sons, John Bennett,
age 14, assisted his mother Mary, in operat-
ing the farm. Mary died of a broken heart
on January 17, 1875, She missed her hus-
band a great deal. Russell Bennett left
"Fairview Farm" to his son, Richard Bennett
and eventually Richard bought four hun-
dred acres across the road, at the intersec-
tion of Highway 83 and 20 and farmed it,
calling it Fairview II. Years after his death,
Fairview II was sold to the present owners. It
has now been developed as a subdivision
and the dairy barn has been remodeled
into "The Barn", a unique restaurant and
banquet hall. The cow barn of Fairview il
has become a fine, southeastern Wisconsin
attraction, "The Silo Dining Room and The
Milking Room Party facility."
                     Helen Bennett Lavin
                 (sister of Richard Bennett)
@State Financial Bank
          Where small business grows.

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