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Julius "Gyula" Benko
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Birth: Apr. 6, 1900
Budapest, Hungary
Death: Oct. 17, 1991
Vidin, Bulgaria

Son to Anna Farkas and Janos (John) Farkas. On his passport papers, he stated he was born in Budapest, Hungary; he died in Vidin, Vidin County, Bulgaria.

Julius, is also known as Gyula in Hungarian, Juraj (George) in Croatian, and Julij, in Sloven. All three are used in the below notes.

Julius Benko's daughter, Marijka (Marie), buried her father in Vidin, Bulgaria. The family plot should be in the city of Vidin. Family stories indicate he was born April 6, 1900, but correspondence from his daughter says the year is 1899.

1992 Correspondence from Julius Benko's grandaughter, Cventanka:
"... George used to live in Bulgaria, in the town named Ikteman. However, his second wife had left their home and went to live with her children. It was then that George had to go to his daughter's house in Vidin. He lived there for a month and then, all of a sudden, some difficulties cropped up. His health got worse and he had to go to hospital. On October the 17, 1991 he died in the hospital. Before he died, George had suggested me to keep on writting to you and your children."

Granddaughter, Cventanka, continues:
"Georgi (aka Julius and Gyula) was one of the progressive peoples in his time. He was one of the first men in Bulgaria to open a windmill and had the first generator for electricity.
He had many ideas but then the second world war started. After a few months, the communists took everything he had. He and his family lost everything. After that, his state of health became worse.
He was married to Dana Velkova, and from that marriage they had daughters, Anka (Anna) Benko, born in 1934, and Marijka (Maria) Benko, born in 1941."

Correspondence from Marijka, Julius's daughter:
"My father loved to sing songs in Hungarian. He loved to cook, especially kneading bread and tossing pancakes. He wore an apron when he cook. Grisha (his grandson) also tossed pancakes. I also love to cook."
"My father loved roses, like his mother (Anna Farkas), he wore a rose in his suit pocket. He looked a lot like his mother." My grandaughter, Maria, has my father's nose.
He was born in Pache, Hungary and emigrated to Mezdra, Bulgaria and married my mother."
By his marriage to Dana Velkova, Julius had two daughters, Marijka Benko (one of the correspondents, above) and Anna Georgiena Benko. In 2009, Marijka was still living.

Correspondence between Julius and his family in the US spans four generations!
Family links: 
  Janos Benko (1859 - 1942)
  Anna Farkas Benko-Szabo (1874 - 1958)
  Dana Velkova (1903 - 1990)*
  Anna Georgiena Benko Markov (1934 - 1977)*
  Julius Benko (1900 - 1991)
  Marie Katherine Benko Forsberg (1902 - 1952)*
  Julia Anna Benko Tschida (1904 - 1997)*
  Anton T. Benko-Szabo (1910 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
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Created by: Nadine
Record added: Oct 10, 2008
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Julius Gyula Benko
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Julius Gyula Benko
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Julius Gyula Benko
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A red rose for my uncle.
- Nadine
 Added: Jun. 2, 2010
Uncle Julius, may you now rest in peace and visit with the brother you never met, and my father Tony.
- Nadine
 Added: May. 3, 2010

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