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George F "Uncle George" Bennighoff
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1851
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death: Jan. 24, 1926
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA

son of
George & Annie Mary Bennighoff
both b/d in Kleinniedesheim, Rheinpaflz, Germany
George Sr. was a Cabinet-Maker

They had 7 children:

George died Trenton, NJ 54yrs, George F., John, Andrew, Ferdinand d bef 1913, Julia, Wilhelm d bef 1913. All the living children with the exception of John lived in America.

George Bennighoff familiarly known in Billings, Montana as "Uncle George", and one of the most popular men in the city. He came to America about 1868 when he was 17 years old settling in the east. In Jul 1870 he boarded a whaling vessel sailing out of New Bedford, MA as ship's carpenter, and sailed the Atlantic for 3yrs. In 1873 he returned to New Bedford, MA. In 1875 he made a trip to CA via the Isthmus of Panama, and in San Francisco he worked in the Old Palace Hotel.

In 1879 he shipped on the training school ship of California, Jamestown as ships carpenter until it went out of commission 28 Feb 1879. In April 1879 he then went to Portland, OR, and then on to Walla Walla, WA, then on to Spokane, WA. In Jul 1879 from Spokane he then went to Coeur d'Alene, ID were he was a carpenter on a military post that was under construction. On 1 Dec 1879 he then returned to Germany reaching his birthplace 17 Jan, 1880
to then litigate the death of his father. In Apr 1880 he along with his sister Julia [born 1861] left Germany for America arriving in San Francisco, CA in Jun of 1880.

By 1882 he was then in Sprague, Washington Territory where he built a hotel for himself, until the burning of the town in 1895. In 1896 he then went to Billings, MT where he purchased the Grand Hotel.

In 1904 he leased his hotel took his sister Julia, and Julia the daughter of his brother Andrew and made a trip around the world. In 1910 he took his brother Andrew's 4 daughters on a trip of Europe visiting the home of their ancestors in Germany.

Upon his return he took possession of the Grand Hotel which was in a run down condition, and in an incredibly short period of time returned it to it first place in the ranks of the Billings hotels.

He never married.

A History of MT Vol 3
by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders 1913
MT Death Index 1860-2007
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Billings Gazette 29 Nov 1936

The old Grand Hotel went out of existence on 1 May 1921, when work was launched on the present modern structure situated on the same site. The Bennihoff's retired from the business in 1922.

Brother Andrew Bennighoff
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Note: Burial Date 7 Feb 1926
 
Burial:
Mountview Cemetery
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA
 
Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: Jun 11, 2012
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George F Uncle George Bennighoff
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George F Uncle George Bennighoff
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