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Benson, Adolph 1896-1959


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 6/26/2009 at 19:50:50

ADOLPH BENSON, stock farm operator and former opera singer, died at Memorial
hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin January 4, 1959; born February 23, 1896 on a Highland township farm near Elkader, Iowa, the son of August and Sara Elizabeth Jacoby Benson; studied voice at Upper Iowa University, and served overseas as a sergeant in the 349th machine gun group during World War I; returned to Europe after the war to study two years in Sweden, and following additional study in New York City, joined the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company in Chicago as a baritone soloist; remained with this famous company for ten years before returning to Elkader to operate a service station until about 1945; has since been associated with his father and two brothers, Charles August Benson, former state senator, and Oscar A. Benson, in operating the stock farm of August Benson & Sons on the family homestead in Highland township; was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Masons; married in September of 1941 to Frances Finley who survives him.

~Annals of Iowa, Vol. XXXIV, No. 8, April 1959; Notable Deaths; pg 74


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