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Willie, ca.1920
(Source: Stuart B. Pryor)

William Agar Benitz
1888 - 1956
Flora King
1887 - 1917
m. 1912

Eileen Maude Frend
1897 - 1973
m. 1921

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Event Timeline

Dates Ages Event
1887 Apr 18 0 Flora King was born, Buenos Aires, Arg. Her parents lived at the King family estancia “Ñanderoga”, near Madariaga, Buenos Aires (prov.)
1888 Mar 18 0 William Agar Benitz, Willie, was born at Ea. ‘La California’, Las Rosas, Santa Fé, Arg.  The third child (& first son) of William Otto Benitz and Clara Electa Allyn.  [Note: W.O. Benitz was also known as Willie.)
1888-1897 0-10 Willie spent his first years at an estancia managed by his father for the Bunge family near Rincon de Landa (on the Uruguay river, south of Gualequaychú, Entre Rios, Arg.).
1897 Jan 13 0 Eileen Maud Frend was born in Rosario, Santa Fé, Arg.  Her fatehr, xxxx, was a medical doctor.
1897-99 11-12 Willie's mother, Clara, took her family to live in Winona, Minnesota, USA, where she put her children in school.
1899 June 11 Clara and family established themselves at “La California”; Willie's father had received it when he & his brothers divided up the family properties (see the history of “La California”).
1901-04 13-16 Willie attended boarding school at Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1907-10 19-22 Willie studied agriculture at the University of Illinois, where he joined the fraternity Phi Delta Theta. Did not graduate on account of his father’s death.
1911 Apr 1 22 After his fatther’s death, Willie assumed management of “La California”.
1912 Sep 4 24 & 25 Sept. 4, Willie and Flora King were married.
1913 Oct 27 25 & 26 Daughter Corina was born.
1915 Nov 13 27 & 28 Son Stuart was born (William Stuart Bz).
1917 Apr 26 29 & 30 Son Malcolm was born (Frank Malcolm Bz).
1917 Sep 2  30 Flora died of influenza at "La California".
1919 Jun 26 31 Son Stuart died of influenza at "La California".
1919 Nov 31 Willie was a member of the "Las Rosas" team that won the "Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo" (Argentine Open), with David B. Miles, John B. Miles, & Charles N. Land.
abt. 1920-1930 32+ Wilie’s domineering style caused all his sisters to sell their shares of "La California".  Uncle Alfred helped buy much of what they were selling in exchange for shares in La California S.A. (i.e. Corp.)
1921 Aug 6 33 & 24 Aug. 6, Willie and Eileen Maud Frend were married, her father was a medical doctor in Rosario, Santa Fé.
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1925 37 & 28 Willie & EIleen travelled to England. Put Malcolm in school: Misses Bradnacks, Canford Cliffs, near Poole, Dorset.
1926 Jun 9 38 & 29 June 9, son Charles was born (Charles Alfred Bz).
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1935 47 & 38 Willie & Eileen travelled to US, visiting friends & relatives in Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, & California. Put Malcolm in at the University of Illinois.
1937 Sep 17 49 Uncle Alfred died leaving his shares in La California S.A. to Willie.
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1953? 66 & 57 Willie & Eileen travelled to England.  Bought a flat in London (Collingham Gardens) for Eileen; she remained in England.
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1956 Sep 20 69 & 60 Willie died at the sanatorio (clinic) in Las Rosas, Santa Fé; & was buried at “La California”.  He never woke up - stroke during night?
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1973 Jan 25 76 Eileen died, London, England

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