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BENJESTORF, Oscar[1]

Male 1887 - 1957  (69 years)


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  • Name BENJESTORF, Oscar 
    Born 27 Oct 1887  Pine lake Twnshp, Otter Tail, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Oct 1957  Saskatoon, Sasktchawan (19480) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I34  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father BENJESTORF, Heinrich Christian,   b. 16 Dec 1849, Osterwald, Kingdom of Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1923, Colton, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother GELLENBECK, Mathilde Catharina,   b. 20 Feb 1857, Mentrup, Kingdom of Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1935, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1874  St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Haas, Marie Wilhelmina "Maria",   b. 1 May 1889, Perekop, Odessa, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1980, Campbell River, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [1
    Married 15 May 1915  Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. BENJESTORF, Howard Frederick Henry,   b. 11 Aug 1919, Melville (?), Sasktchawan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 2006, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • [From a letter from Howard & Angie Benjestorf dated 20 June 2002; Helma Benjestorf's bible & comments by Lucille Benjestorf. Also information on the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Cemetery web site]. [Ce>
      rtified Copy of Birth Register]

      Oscar was born on the Benjestorf homestead in Otter Tail County, Minnesota on 27 October, 1887. In April, 1903, when he was 15, his parents moved the family to homestead a wheat farm in Fenwood T>
      ownship, Saskatchewan [about 30 miles northwest of Melville] [SW qurtr, Sec 24, District 215, Twnshp 24, Rnge 8, W 2nd].
      The Benjestorf farm house was a small building made of poles and "chinked" with clay. The attic probably served as a bedroom for the children, and perhaps the whole family. [See photo taken in 19>
      83 by Howard/Angie Benjestorf].
      In 1905, when he was 18, Oscar went to Seattle, Washington, and went to work for E.C. Balger (?) [perhaps his brother-in-law, Carl Balzer ?] of Spokane. Not long after that he went to work for the>
      Northern Pacific Railway, and the Colorado Southern [2 different railroads or a compound name?]. He didn't stay at these jobs in the USA very long, because in 1908 he returned to Canada and took a >
      job with the Canadian National Railway as an engineer working out of Melville, Saskatchewan. He continued working for the Canadian Railway until his retirement c. 1952.
      On May 15, 1915, Oscar married Marie Wilhemina Haas in Melville, Saskatchewan. Everyone called Marie "Maria".
      According to what Mom [Lucille Benjestorf] was told, Oscar and his wife "Aunt Mary" had a house in Melbourne, Saskatchawan, and Daisy England (Benjestorf) stayed with them when Mom was born in Feb>
      ruary, 1916, to have access to medical services if necessary, and because the house in town was warmer than the log cabin on the farm.
      Oscar & Maria's first child*, Howard, was born , however, at the old Benjestorf log farmhouse located in Fenwood township about 16 miles northwest of Melville in 1919. [Why would Maria have chosen>
      to travel so far away from the nearest medical services to have her baby? Perhaps they were visiting Oscar's parents and the baby came unexpectadly? Or perhaps Heinrich & Mathilde had already moved>
      to California and turned the farm over to Oscar and they were actually living there?].[Later information from David Benjestorf and Joan Benjestorf Mathews suggests that Oscar & Marie may have taken o>
      ver Alex Benjestorf's farm].
      After he retired, Oscar & Maria moved to a farm they bought near Love, Saskatchewan [located about 80 miles east-northeast of Prince Albert]. They lived there a few years until Oscar developed can>
      cer and they had to move to Saskatoon to be close to apropriate medical facilities.
      Aproximately a year later Oscar died in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 18 October, 1957 at 70 years of age.
      Oscar is listed on the Saskatoon, Saskatchawan Cemetery web site as being buried there. The number 19480 is associated with his name (grave sight # ?).
      His wife Marie is also listed at the same cemetery along with the number 38683.
      *************

      * Oscar and Marie's son, Howard, had a sister, Wilhelmina "Minnie" Benjestorf who was born on 18 December, 1907. She would have been born 7 1/2 years before Oscar & Marie were married, and while >
      Oscar was still in Washington. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER MINNIE WAS OSCAR'S CHILD BY A PREVIOUS WIFE, WAS BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK, OR WAS MARIE'S CHILD BY A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE OR AFFAIR.???

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] File (merged): C:\Users\Don\Desktop\RodBen1.fh_data\RodBen1.ged.
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