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Clarence Wilbur Benefiel
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1877
Hendricks County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 6, 1949

Son of Theodore Siphon "Sife" and Nancy Ann "Nanny"(Hodge) Benefiel.
Married Etheline "Ethel" Ockerman 7 Oct 1902.
Father of
Allan Douglas Benefiel(1903-1991)
Goldie Marie Benefiel (1908-1955)
Isla Berenis Benefiel
Russell Eugene Benefiel(1914-1960)

On Apr 6, 1894 Sife and his family left Bross for Okla. They loaded what furniture and belongings they had in two wagons. They had some bedding--including a feather tick; a small cast iron cook stove; some seed corn; a crate of chickens; and a couple of cows. They had five horses; two were hitched to each wagon, and Otto rode the other one. Clarence drove one wagon and Sife the other one as far as Alva. As they left Alva, there were no roads. They angled across the prairie to the claim. Claude, nine years old, was now driving the second wagon, and Charlie was with him. They lost sight of the first wagon; but they thought they were pretty smart, recognized their Dad's wagon tracks and following them, until Sife came toward them from another direction, wanting to know where they thought they were going.

That first summer, many of the pioneers including Sife and his family, picked up bones on the prairie and hauled them to Alva for six dollars a ton. The whole family working together could earn about 50 cents a day. This was pretty good money. Times were pretty hard. There wasn't enough money, food or clothes. The sod was too hard to grow anything that first year. Sife and the boys did try; but the corn burned up.
That first winter, Clarencce who was 17 years old went back to Kansas and worked for his grandfather, Theodore. He made seven dollars a month and sent five of it to his folks in Oklahoma. This kept them from starving to death.

When Clarence was 19, he saw that a claim two miles south of his dad's had not been proved. Clarence W. Benefiel was too young to stake a claim in the Run of 1893, but he was able later to contest an abandoned claim and prove up on it. His marriage to Ethel Ockerman took place at Sife Benefiel's home. Clarence farmed for while and then had a store and post office in Avard. They later moved to Redlands, CA probably about 1924.

Family links: 
  Theodore Siphen "Sife" Benefiel (1849 - 1928)
  Nancy Ann Hodge Benefiel (1847 - 1924)
  Etheline Ockerman Benefiel (1883 - 1944)*
  Allan Douglas Benefiel (1903 - 1991)*
  Goldie Marie Benefiel Dooley (1908 - 1955)*
  Russell Eugene Benefiel (1914 - 1960)*
  Clarence Wilbur Benefiel (1877 - 1949)
  Charles Theodore Benefiel (1887 - 1978)*
*Calculated relationship
Hillside Memorial Park
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Created by: Barbara LeClaire
Record added: Feb 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24570982
Clarence Wilbur Benefiel
Added by: Jim Gallacher
Clarence Wilbur Benefiel
Added by: Barbara LeClaire
Clarence Wilbur Benefiel
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- Sharon Benefiel Palmer
 Added: Dec. 17, 2010

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