William O. Benitz Page last modified:
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William Otto Benitz
1854-1911

(Source: F. Malcolm Benitz)

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Clara Electa Allyn
1858-1930

(Source: F. Malcolm Benitz)

Willie & Clara Benitz
Family Photos

We have not come across any photo albums specific to or having belonged to Willie or Clara.  However, there are many photos of them and their children taken at different ages.  We will be adding to this collection, ordering the photos by date taken.  The dates are often estimated as most of the photos are undated and/or are missing people and place names.

— See also the photos of “La California” taken during their time there. —

Text within quotes beneath a photo was written on it's back or next to it in an album.
Abbreviations: Bz-Benitz, K-Kolmer, Mac-MacIntosh, S.-Schreiber.

Other Portraits

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William O. Benitz
CDV, age 15? ca.1869
(Source: Fort Ross archives)

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William O. Benitz
age 20? ca.1874
Josephine K-Bz CDV album
(Source: John C. Benitz)

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Clara Electa Allyn
1858-1930

(Source: Stuart B. Pryor)

Family

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(Version 1, source: Fort Ross archives)

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(Version 2, source: Michael Mohr-Bell)

Willie & Clara’s Children
Winona, Minnesotta, 1897

L-R: Willie ('88), Bernice ('95 - front),
Nena ('89), Frank ('93), Marion ('97 - baby),
Katie ('84), Hattie ('82), Clarita ('91)
(Names: Stuart Pryor & Peter Bz)

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Clara and all her children
La California – ca.1901

(Photo by: John E. Bz
Source: Michael Mohr-Bell
)

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Willie & Clara’s Children
La California – ca.1901

Katie, Hattie
Willie, Nena
Frank, Clarita
Marion, Bernice
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Willie & Clara’s daughters
La California – ca.1902

L-R: Clarita, governess?, Katie, Bernice,
Hattie, Marion, Nena
(Photo: JEBenitz, source: JCBenitz)

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“William Benitz Family”
La California – ca.1902

Back: ??, Alfred, Willie, ??
Middle: Clarita, Bernice, Marion
Front: Nena, governes?, Hattie, Katie, Clara
(Willie jr. & Frank absent)
(Photo: JEBenitz, source: JCBenitz)

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Splashing in the water
Córdoba Hills – ca.1902 or later

(Photo: JEBenitz, source: JCBenitz)

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“Grave Yard La California
Bernice Marion”
15 May 1902

(It is: Marion & Bernice)
(Photo: JEBenitz, source: JCBenitz)

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“A party in the Cordoba Hills _ Arg: S.A.
About 1901 ?”

More likely ca.1902-1903
– Click here for NAMES –
(Photo: JEBenitz, source: JCBenitz)

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Clarita & Bernice ?
Córdoba Hills – ca.1904?
(Photo: JEBenitz, source: JCBenitz)

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“Greystones   William B family”
Greystone – 1903-1904

Back: Katie, Hattie, Nena, Willie (sr.)
Front: Clara, Clarita, Bernice, Marion, Frank
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Hattie, Katie, & friends
“Flora Bell girls   Nena & Hattie”
(No Flora Bell, not Nena)
La Calfornia – ca.1901
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Hattie, age about 18
La Calfornia – ca.1901
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Willie & company
La California – ca.1901
L-R: Frank, Jo, Elsie, Marjory-Daw,
Clarita, Bernice, Marion
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Willie & young crew
La California – ca.1901
L-R: ??, ??, Elsie, Jo, Willie
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Guests - no Bz family
La California – ca.1901-1905
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Greystone, Los Cocos
After 1903 - Unable to identify anyone
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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“Greystone”
After 1903 - Could be Willie & Clara
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Greystone, Los Cocos
After 1903 - Unable to identify anyone
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Willie & Clara’s Children
Marian, Katie, Nena, Frank,
Bernice, Hattie, Clarita

La California – ca.1904
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Frank A. Benitz
La California – ca.1905
Titled “Willie or Frank Benitz”
Frank per expression in 1901 photos

(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Willie - match maker?
L-R: ??, ??, Katie, ??, Willie(sr), Nena,
??, ??, ??, Willie(jr), Clarita
La California – ca.1906
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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— 4 Generations —
Josephine Bz (78), William O. Bz (54)
Hattie Bz-Watt (26), Percy Watt (2)

Córdoba Hills, ca.1908
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Willie O. Bz & driver
La California – ca.1909
“DaimlerBenz Uncle Alfred” (is not)
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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“1st car in Cordoba Hills”
Alfred, ??, ??, driver, Willie

La California – ca.1909
(Car: Mercedes-Benz?)
(Photo by: John E. Bz; Source: John C. Bz)

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Marion & Bernice
La California – ca.1909
(Source: Stuart B. Pryor)

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Katie, Hattie, Nena or Clarita
Front veranda
La California – ca.1916

The skin of Uncle Alfred’s pet
ant-eater is behind Katie.
(Source: Stuart B. Pryor,
names: S.B.P. & P. Benitz
)

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Sons-in-law, ca.1922
Greystone, Los Cocos, Córdoba

(Possibly at George & Marion’s wedding, 18 Feb. 1921)
George Roberts (Marion-1921), Al Watt (Hattie-1906),
Graham Paul (Nena-1913), Stanley Jeans (Katie-1920),
Jim Bell (Bernice-1915)
(Source: Michael Mohr-Bell)

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Clara with 11 of her 13 grandchildren
Greystone, Los Cocos, Córdoba
(summer, 1924?)

l-r: Jean Bell, Frank Watt, Corina Benitz,
Clara is holding Moyra Benitz, Alpin Watt (behind Clara),
Percy Watt, Malcolm Benitz, May Watt, Frank Bell
Ground: Jimmy S. Watt, Jimmy Roberts
Yet to arrive: Billy Roberts & Charles Benitz.
All except two with children volunteered for WW-II.
(Source: Stuart B. Pryor, names: SBP & Frank Watt)


© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)