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Mistolar & Los Palmares
Calchaquí, Santa Fé
(ages 40-42 years old)

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1899-1902 Diary
(Source: S.B. Pryor)

This day-book begins with November 1, 1899, and ends with January 21, 1902. 

Historical Setting

This estancia day-book was kept by Alfred, and in his absence by whoever he left in charge.  Like the other day-books, it is a record of their daily activities, their hunts, and their visitors.  And like the others, they were not maintained particularly well (if at all) when Alfred was absent.

During the decade of the 1890's, Benitz Hermanos expanded their operations to include more camps.  In May, 1892, Alfred signed a 5-year rental contract with the Santa Fé Land Co. for “Los Palmares” (8 leagues), and obtained permission to fence it.  In October, 1895, he proposed buying it, but apparently was voted down by his brothers.  Instead, in June, 1896, Johnnie purchased “Los Algarrobos” (3¾ old leagues, or 10,125 has. metric) near Monte Buey, Córdoba; and Alfred negociated a new 5-year rental contract for “Los Palmares”.  He also began renting other camps, one near Alejandra, and another east of La Guampita. 

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Background: The photo is of Alfred taken by Johnnie at “Los Palmares” on 24 April, 1902.  (From Auntie Olga's album, kindly lent to us by Susan Horner).

Reference Pages:  Written in English by Alfred, Herman, Donkin, & others, the day-book is full of Spanglish terms as well as many other terms unfamiliar to us today.  To assist with names (people & places), maps, measures, currencies, and Spanglish terminology, we have created a set of Reference pages.  The reference pages open in a separate tab / window making them available in parallel to the diary (i.e. this window).

Page images in PDF files:

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Covers front & back, fly-sheets (with notes), & inserts   (file size: 4.8 mb.)
November & December, 1899.  (file size: 3.4 mb.)
1900 Q.1
January, February, March, & 1-9 April, 1900.  (file size: 7.4 mb.)
1900 Q.2
April, May, & June, 1900.  (file size: 8.2 mb.)
1900 Q.3
July, August, & September,, 1900.  (file size: 5.4 mb.)
1900 Q.4
October, November, & December (to 21st), 1900.  (file size: 5.2 mb.)
1901 Q.1
February (from 25th) & March, 1901.  (file size: 3.9 mb.)
1901 Q.2
April, May, & June, 1901.  (file size: 8.6 mb.)
1901 Q.3
July, August, & September, 1901.  (file size: 10 mb.)
1901 Q.4
October, November, & December, 1901.  (file size: 10.1 mb.)
January (to 21st), 1902.  (file size: 3.0 mb.)

© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)