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    Person ID I13  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Benjamin Franklin Benkelman, Jr.,   b. 17 Nov 1899, Jaqua, Cheyenne County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1998, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Mother Avis Augusta Smith,   b. 4 Apr 1901, Odessa Township, Ionia County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1981, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1926  Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Per the Certificate of Marriage between Ben F. Benkelman and Avis A. Smith, the couple were joined in marriage at Grand Ledge, County of Eaton, Michigan, on the 24th day of August, A.D. 1926, in the presence of Wm B. Smith and Ida Smith of Grand Ledge (the bride's parents) as witnesses. The clergyman officiating was Ernst R. Lactham, Pastor of the Congregational Church.
    Documents
    Smith, Avis Augusta marriage to Ben Benkelman
    Smith, Avis Augusta marriage to Ben Benkelman
    Marriage License issued in Eaton County, Michigan
    Smith, Avis Augusta Family Bible, p 4 of 4
    Smith, Avis Augusta Family Bible, p 4 of 4
    Marriages information, listing the marriage of Avis to Ben Benkelman, as well as the marriage of their only child, Bonnie
    Benkelman, Ben and Avis Home, 1920's through 1940's
    Benkelman, Ben and Avis Home, 1920's through 1940's
    The home of Ben and Avis Benkelman, 4354 Woodland, Cass City, Michigan ca 1940's
    Benkelman, Ben and Avis Home, 1940's through 1960's
    Benkelman, Ben and Avis Home, 1940's through 1960's
    The Benkelman Home on West Street in Cass City. This was the home the Benkelman's moved to when Bonnie was in High School, and this photo of it was taken in the late 1950's.
    Benkelman, Ben and Avis, Lake Huron Weekend Cottage
    Benkelman, Ben and Avis, Lake Huron Weekend Cottage
    Ben and Avis's summer cottage, Sand Point, Caseville, Michigan on Huron Bay
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
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     2. Living
     3. Living
    Documents
    Smith, Avis Augusta Family Bible, p 4 of 4
    Smith, Avis Augusta Family Bible, p 4 of 4
    Marriages information, listing the marriage of Avis to Ben Benkelman, as well as the marriage of their only child, Bonnie
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2009 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1942, and friends
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1942, and friends
    L to R: Lois Little, Jessie Fry and Bonnie Benkelman, Cass City, ca 1942. Jessie, whose mother was a Striffler, and Bonnie were distantly related.
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1947 at Girl Scout Camp in Fenton, Michigan
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1947 at Girl Scout Camp in Fenton, Michigan
    Camp Tyrone Campers, Session One, 1947
    Intermediate Girl Scouts
    Fenton, Genesee County, Michigan

    Listed alphabetically, and not in the order pictured. List compiled from signatures on the back of the photo, and does not appear to be complete.

    Janet ADAMS, Louise ANDREWS, Mabel F. BROWN, Wanda BURKS, Sue CARTWRIGHT, Mary CAVANAUGH, Mary Lee CLARK, Suzanne DANIELS, Margaret DARLING, Shirlee DIAMOND, Lucille FISHER, Jean FORD, Joan FORD, Mary Jo GAMBILL, Margaret GRAYSON, Janie GUERRA, Valarie HERRINGTON, Lee Ann HEGLE, Miss Mary HIATLEECH, Onalee HOKINGER, Libbie HOOD, Jane HUNT, Patricia IRVING, Peggy KAPPELMAN, Marilyn KLINE, Mary Ellen LAVELY, Mabel LEMBACH, Jane LITTLE, Mary McCLOREY, Norma Jean McDONALD, Miss Mary Jean MILLER, Beverly MANSOUR, Mitze MORRIS, Miss Margie NEWLAND, Miss Florence OLSON, Jeanette PARKER, “Chuck” STOGSCHILL, Katie SPILLMAN, Joan SPITSBERGEN, Pat TROTTER, Jean VENABLE, Joyce VENABLE, Lillian VENABLE , Millie VOWEL

    Bonnie, with her hair braided and pinned up, is in the second row from the top, the fifth person from the left.
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1948 at Girl Scout Camp in Fenton, Michigan
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1948 at Girl Scout Camp in Fenton, Michigan
    Camp Tyrone Campers, Period Three, 1948 Intermediate Girl Scouts Fenton, Genesee County, Michigan

    Bonnie is in the second row from the top, the second camper to the left, in a white shirt and grey sweater.

    From the Cass City Chronicle, Friday, July 16, 1948

    Twelve intermediate Girl Scouts are looking forward to two weeks at Camp Tyrone near Fenton and expect to leave July 20 for camp. Those who expect to attend are: June ENGLEHART, Kathie WOOD, Marilyn SCHWADERER, Damon KEPPEN, Bonnie J. BENKELMAN, Marjorie HOLCOMB, Mary WOOD, Patricia HOCHBERG, Joyce MERCHANT, Karen GRACEY, Jeanette PARKER and Mary McCLOREY
    Cass City (Michigan) High School Band, ca 1950
    Cass City (Michigan) High School Band, ca 1950
    Bonnie (10th grade) is the first person on the left in the bottom row, and Richard "Dick" Joos (8th Grade) is the last student on the right of the bottom row, standing next to the Band Director, Mr. Borg.

    Pictured, beginning on the top left, (row one, top) J. McLachlan, E. Smith, N. Sinclair, P. Stirton, L. Hnatiak, J. Field, J. Wilson, T. Sinclair; (row two) M. Pratt, F. Parrot, N. Harris, F. Butler, R. Hendrick, G. Graham, B. Patch, B. Freeman, J. Parker; (row three) K. Wood, M. McClorey, R. Marshall, M. Caister, M. Martinek, E. Sickler, B. Wheaton, D. O'Dell; (row four) D. Donahue, N. Graham, W. Rayl, M. Wood, A. Pinney, J. Biddle, M. Agar, P. Copeland, J. Seeley; (row five, bottom) B. Benkelman, A. Lorentzen, D. Butler, R. Parrish, G. Wilson, C. Chapin, S. Ackerman, D. Joos, and Mr. Borg, Band Leader
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1950 or 1951, Cass City High School Clarinet Quartet
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1950 or 1951, Cass City High School Clarinet Quartet
    Cass City High School, Clarinet Quartet

    L to R: Joan Holmberg, Mary Wood, Delphine Iseler and Bonnie Benkelman

    The Friday, March 3, 1950 issue of the Cass City Chronicle reported that Joan Holmberg, 1rst clarinet; Bonnie Benkelman, 2nd; Mary Wood, 3rd; and Delphine Iseler 4th, earned a first division rating at the Solo Ensemble Festival at Mt. Morris, playing the waltz "Two and Two." This quailified them to participate in the state festival at Ann Arbor on April 1, 1950. The 17 Cass City Band students who attended the festival "stopped at Frakenmuth for a chicken dinner on the way home." The same ensemble participated in the Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival at Elkton on March 2, 1951, earning a second division rating.
    Western Michigan Sigma Kappa Sorority Sisters, Packed for Miami Beach, June 1954
    Western Michigan Sigma Kappa Sorority Sisters, Packed for Miami Beach, June 1954
    Western Michigan University attendees to the Sigma Kappa Fifty-Sixth Convention, June 27-July 2, 1954, The Roney Plaza, Miami Beach, Florida

    Bonnie, with dark hair, is on the left, top

    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY HER SORORITY SISTERS
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1968 Sigma Kappa Fundraiser, Houston, Texas
    Benkelman, Bonnie Jean ca 1968 Sigma Kappa Fundraiser, Houston, Texas
    Bonnie was an active volunteer for the local Sigma Kappa Sorority chapter in Houston, Texas. Pictured from left to right are Mrs. Max Clayborne Strong (Karen Kay Bryan), Mrs. Robert F. Smith and Mrs. Tom McLemore (Bonnie Jean Benkelman).
    Benkelman, BonnieMargaret ca 1998 with cousins
    Benkelman, BonnieMargaret ca 1998 with cousins
    l to r: Lorraine Smith "Smitty" Benkelman, Bonnie (Benkelman) McLemore: BonnieMargaret (Benkelman)Jacobs; Dot (Ball) Williams; June (Gilbert) Striffler with her husband Russell; and Bob Benkelman, Smitty's husband. BonnieMargaret, who spent many years researching the Benkelman family, arranged a 1998 reunion of cousins in at her Florida home, in order to compare family photos and stories.

    Documents
    Cass City (Michigan) High School, 1927-1997
    Cass City (Michigan) High School, 1927-1997
    This photo of the High School, built in 1927 and demolished in 1997, appears to have been taken sometime between 1930 and 1950
    Western Michigan University, Davis Hall Exterior, ca 1955
    Western Michigan University, Davis Hall Exterior, ca 1955
    Bonnie Benkelman was a resident student at WMU, living in the newly constructed Davis Hall. This photo was from the college annual, the "Brown and Gold."
    Western Michigan University, Davis Hall, Mid Century Modern interior, ca 1955
    Western Michigan University, Davis Hall, Mid Century Modern interior, ca 1955
    Bonnie Benkelman was a resident student at WMU, living in the newly constructed Davis Hall. This photo was from the college annual, the "Brown and Gold."
    Benkelman, Bonnie ca 1956, Western Michigan University, Sigma Kappa Sorority
    Benkelman, Bonnie ca 1956, Western Michigan University, Sigma Kappa Sorority
    Group photo from the Western Michigan 1956 annual, the "Brown and Gold." Bonnie is seated, in the bottom row, fifth from the left.
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1961-1962), Dallas Duplex
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1961-1962), Dallas Duplex
    This was the Duplex that Tom, Bonnie and Melinda lived in while in Dallas, in the early 1960's. It was not far from SMU.
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1963-1968), Houston, Texas
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1963-1968), Houston, Texas
    This is the home the McLemore family lived in from 1963 through 1968, on 12722 Pebblebrook Road in Fonn Villas neighborhood, off Memorial. Daughter's Melissa and Leigh were both born while the family lived here.

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] State of Michigan, Marriage License, (Eaton County, Mich Marriage License of Ben F. Benkelman Jr to Avis A. Smith, No. 155).

    2. [S81] Family Register, The Holy Bible, National Bible Press, Philadelphia, Pa. Presented to Avis Smith by her parents, December 25, 1920.