Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOSEPH M. BENNINGTON, who resides at Ritzville, the county seat of Adams county, is a real estate and financial agent, being associated with his brother, W. J. Bennington.  These gentlemen do a large business and hold in their own right between three and four thousand acres of well tilled wheat lands.  They have placed a large amount of money for investors in Adams and Lincoln counties, and are well known as sterling business men.
     Mr. Bennington was born in Marshall county, Illinois, on June 8, 1866.  He is a son of Washington M. and Edith C. (Vandament) Bennington, natives of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Marshall county, Illinois, respectively.  The father went to Marshall county, Illinois, with his parents when a child, they being among the pioneer settlers of that part of the Prairie State.  He secured land in Marshall county and became a well known and well-to-do citizen.  His father, William Bennington, served in the Black Hawk war and with his brothers, had been a pioneer to Kentucky.
     Our subject secured his early education in the public schools of his native state, finishing with a short collegiate course.  Being a farmer's son he early gained a practical knowledge of soil tillage from which vocation he has never succeeded in entirely divorcing himself.  He was subsequently employed for about two years in the operating department of the Iowa Central railroad.
     Coming west in 1891 he associated himself with a wholesale house in Portland, Oregon, with which he remained for over six years, finally quitting their employ as chief clerk and confidential bookkeeper, being attracted thence by the "land boom" in Eastern Washington.  Settling in Adams county he immediately took up land and, forming a partnership with his brother, he became actively engaged in his old vocation, the tillage of the soil, at which he has been very successful.  In the fall of 1903 they leased their large properties and together took up the business in which they are now engaged.
     Mr. Bennington began life without any other capital than a firm determination to succeed and he has, thus far, seemed to have achieved his purpose in a very gratifying manner.  He has never been a candidate for office in any way and says he has absolutely no political aspirations or ambitions, although he is the present chairman of the Republican County Central Committee of Adams county.