The talk about illegal immigrants and so-called “anchor babies” has reminded me of a story I heard years ago.
It was about a young man who came to this country to work but, despite years of work here, never became a citizen. He married a woman who was also not a citizen. They had eight children, what Donald Trump would call “anchor babies.”
One of those “anchor babies” was my paternal grandfather, Joseph S. Bennett.
With his parents, Richard and Flora Anna Bennett, and siblings he helped establish a sheep ranching enterprise that stretched from Owyhee and Elmore counties to the Stanley Basin. Bennett Mountain is named for them.
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Some years ago, after recounting this story, someone sent me an anonymous letter questioning my citizenship. I had to chuckle at that.
On my maternal grandfather’s side, my ancestry goes back to the Mayflower. But then those English folks weren’t citizens either. But they did produce a number of “anchor babies.”
Gary L. Bennett, Emmett