William & Josephine — Family Page last updated:
26 December 2019

“Benitz Hermanos”
Alfred, John, & William
1897 - 1902

Missing portrait

The Partners: William, Alfred, & John
ca. 1900, Buenos Aires
(source: Fort Ross archives)

This was the often mentioned partnership formed by the three surviving Benitz brothers in which they pooled their enterprises while they reorganised.  They had expanded and now had three separate operations/estancias to manage: La California, Los Palmares, and Los Algarrobos.

Per Alfred’s diaries, he was at La California most of March, 1896, attending a family meeting that resulted in: (i) Alfred renewing the 5-year rental contract for Los Palmares (see his diary entry of June 6, 1896), and (ii) John buying Los Algarrobos (June 3, 1896).  Alfred had proposed buying Los Palmares but was was voted down by the family; he later bought it himself on March 11, 1904.

The brothers drew up the articles of their company on April 1, 1897, in Rosario, Santa Fé.  The contract itself was not recorded until April 28, 1897.  The partnership was to exist for five years, until April 1, 1902.  However, it dissolved informally soon after 1900 as the brothers went their separate ways.

As noted in the contract, the brothers had, earlier on April 1, 1897, bought out their mother (Josephine Kolmer-Benitz) and their sister (Josephine Benitz-Schreiber).

This copy of the contract is from John E. Benitz’s papers which his grandson, John C. Benitz, graciously allowed us to scan in 2003.  Per the note on the envelope, John Benitz (son of John E. Bz) had obtained it from his Uncle Alfred, 22nd November, 1931.

Missing envelope

Copy of contract of
Benitz Hermanos.
Johnie got from
Uncle Alfred
22nd Nov 1931

(source: John C. Benitz)

Missing contract

Benitz Hnos. Contract
1 April, 1897, Rosario, Santa Fé
(source: John C. Benitz)

Click the title:
Benitz Hnos. Contract
Typed version

A rough transcription,
some of the writing is
hard to read.

Translated Summary:

This is our translation.  We simplified terms and omitted most of the verbose legalese.  (In 1897: Peso gold = 26.34 USD-2015, i.e. 1/5 of a Pound Sterling that = 131.67 USD-2015 per the historical conversions of Eric Nye.)

© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)