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Frank Malcolm Benitz

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Malcolm, ca.1965
Duck hunt, Paraná river
near Coronda, SFé.
(Photo by Peter Simpson
of Venado Tuerto, SFé.
Source: P. Benitz

Event Timeline

Year Age Event
1917 0 Born April 26, Argentina; his mother (Flora King) died of influenza a few months later, November 13.  His childhood homes were Ea. ‘La California’ (Las Rosas, Santa Fé, Arg.) & the family summer home ‘Greystone’ in the Córdoba hills (Los Cocos, Córdoba, Arg.)
1923 6 Visited England on a family trip.
1925-26 8-9 During a family trip to England, he was put in school: Misses Bradnacks, Canford Cliffs, near Poole, Dorset.
1927-28 10-11 Attended Oats College (Morón, Buenos Aires) prep school.  When that school closed he was sent to school in England.
1929-34 11-16 In England, he attended boarding schools: Amesbury Prep., Surrey (January '29 - June '31), then Stowe, Buchinghamshire (August '31 - April? '34) .  He returned to Argentina in April, 1934, without finishing secondary school.
1934-35 16-17 His father put him to work in the fields at “La California”.  In September, 1934, Uncle Alfred took him on a month long trip to Campo Winter, in the Chaco.
1935-38 18-21 He completed his secondary education in the U.S. at the University of Illinois high-school before attending the university's College of Agriculture.  Like his father, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Known in the U.S. by his first name, Frank, he was nick-named "Scrappy" by his friends for his determination.
1936 19 Joined the Allyn family (cousins) for Christmas in Corsicana, Texas, where he met Mrs. C.H. Allyn, & Buena Allyn.
1938 21 June-August:  Drove across the U.S. to the west coast with Xxxxx, camping in rural school yards; visited Yellowstone and Fort Ross (where he stayed with the Call family).  Had to wire home for more funds.
1939 21 January-March:  Did his military service in Buenos Aires.
1940-45 23-28 Volunteered for service with the RCAF, for the duration. He became a bomber pilot (104 Squadron, flew Wellingtons), was decorated (DFC), wounded, later crashed in the Mediterranean, taken prisoner, escaped – for more, click the “WW-II” button above.
1946 29 May 25, Rosario, SFé: Married Gertie Traill, from Ea. “Chirú”, Traill (east of San Jorge), SFé.  Honeymoon trip by car to La Quiaca, Jujuy.
1947-86 30 Took possession of that part of “La California” he had inherited from his mother, naming it “El Piquete”.  He farmed it until he died, almost 40 years later.
1948-78 31-61 Played polo with the “Los Laureles” polo club in El Trebol & Las Rosas; Gertie was the officially recognised umpire by the Argentine polo association.  Malcolm also bred & trained polo-ponies.
1952-70 36-53 Put 3 sons through boarding school (St. George’s College, Arg.) and university in the U.S.; all three went on to earn post-graduate degrees.
1955?-86 38-69 Founded a forage seed company, Pasturacentro (Fahrion, Benitz, y Cia.); while managed by Ricardo Fahrion, it did exceedngly well; however, after he retired new management overextended & failed.
1958-85 41-68 Month long summer camping & trout fishing trips down south - the Andes foothills of northern Patagonia.
ca.1960 43 Took possession of the land inherited from his father.
1967 50 Sold part of “El Piquete” to buy “La Isleta” (1,300 has.) in south-east Corrientes.  A breeding camp, it provided the Piquete with stock for fattening.  Uncultivated, relatively wild, & sparsely forested, it also provided him an escape to nature.
1986 69 Died December 13 in Rosario, Santa Fé; of a ruptured aorta.  Buried at Ea. “La California”, Las Rosas, Santa Fé, Arg.

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