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Charles "Truman" Benthall Alternate spelling Benthal

Birth: He was born in 1906 at Illinois.  

Family Information: Son of Gertrude (Benthall) Valek.

Step-son of Joe Valek.  

Description: In 1940 he had a light complexion with gray eyes and he was bald.  

Pre-Colony History: In March 1922 he was placed under the charge of George Pickett.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In March 1922 he, along with Bennett Babb and Max Beavers helped with colony building projects.

In May 1922 Loutrel, assisted by C. Shutt, Dover Cryer, Warren Fread and Truman Benthal put up electric poles, wires, etc. and prepared to wire the houses to provide electric lights throughout the colony.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 he was living in Los Angeles, California with his mother and her husband and working as an electrical engineer.

In 1940 he was married to Annette Benthall and both he and his wife were employed and lived at the Hotel Vista del Arroyo in Los Angeles, California -- he worked as an engineer.  

Death: He died in 1988 at California.  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": March 11, 1922, March 18, 1922, May 27, 1922; US Census: 1930, 1940; US Draft Registration: WWII; California Death Index  

 

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