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Clara Electa Allyn

Clara had an adventurous spirit and a romantic heart.  To recover from a broken engagement in Minnesota, she became teacher in Argentina.  On the Paraná river ferry taking her to her new posting she met and fell in love with a man from California.  Not long after, she accepted his proposal of marriage.  However, when her older sister, Franc, learned of this she banished Clara back to their brother in Texas.  William Benitz followed her.  They were married in Texas and returned to Argentina where they had eight children.

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Event Timeline — Clara E. Allyn de Benitz

Year Age Event
1858 0 Born on 23 November, 1859, in Rochester, Minnesota.
1870+ 12+ Father, a shoemaker, moved his family & business to Winona, Minnesota
1 1 Graduated from the Normal school in Winona, Minnesota
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1878 20 Taught at a grade school in Duluth, Minnesota.
1879 21 Invited to Argentina as a school teacher by President Sarmiento, she joined her older sister Franc, teaching at the Normal School in Paraná, Corrientes.
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1881 23 Her sister Franc, learning of her intention to marry William O. Benitz, sent her back to the US, to the home of their brother Charles H. Allyn, in Cosicana, Texas.  Willie followed her and they were married in Corsicana on April 25.
1882-97 24-40 She had 8 children: Hattie 1882, Katie 1884, Willie (W.A. Bz) 1888, Nena (Josephine) 1889, Clarita 1891, Frank 1893, Bernice 1895, & Marion 1897 - all born in Argentina except Marion, USA.
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1897 40 Clara and the children stayed in Winona, Minnesota, where she rented a house for two years and placed the children in local schools.  While there, she had her last child, Marion.
1899 41 Entire family returned to Argentina in August to live at estancia “La California”, Santa Fé.
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1903 45 “Greystone” – bought ½ ha. in the Córdoba hills (once part of the original estancia “Los Cocos”) for a summer home; expanded in 1909 (total:  55.6 has.).
1906 1 Travelled to Europe with Willie and two eldest daughters (France, Switzerland, Germany) & possibly New York.
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1911 53 April 1, husband Willie Benitz died in Corsicana, Texas.
1914 56 With Edward C. Schielle, bought a farm (chacra) of 1,365 has. (in suerte D-126bis) south-west of & close to Bell Ville, Córdoba.
1918 60 Son Frank A. Benitz, WW-I RAF night-fighter pilot, was killed-in-action, England.
1925 67 April 2, became a citizen of Argentina.
1930 72 Died on 12 October, 1930, in Buenos Aires, Arg.; buried at estancia “La California”, Santa Fé.

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