Abe, was born in Dinuba and graduated from Dinuba High School after returning home from the Poston incarceration ordeal. When Dennis Simonian told him of his plans to build the Poston obelisk, Abe said he told him he definitely needed to bring it to the public’s attention.
Dennis Simonian, now 70 year old, began farming when he was 16 years old, and bought fruit from local farmers to sell. The Simonian family has farmed at Clovis and Jensen Avenues, and began in 1901 when Bagdasar Simonian immigrated to the region from Armenia. Today, his descendants farm about 80 acres and produce more than 180 crops that are sold at the family-run fruit stand.
A plaque on the memorial reads, “These families were instrumental in teaching me, from the very young age of 16, the value of hard work, honesty, the importance of setting goals in life and becoming the farmer and person that I am today. They graciously shared their passion and knowledge of farming, regardless of the fact that I was a young and upcoming competitor in the retail produce business."