Christian W. T. Benedix has been a resident of Sacramento county since 1868, and since that year has lived on his fine farm southeast from the town of Franklin. He owns one hundred and fifty acres of the fine soil in this locality, and his principal attention is given to general farming, although he has an excellent vineyard of twelve acres which forms a very profitable part of his enterprises.

A tanch German-American citizen, having lived in this country since he was thirteen years old, Mr. Benedix was born in the fatherland, August 10, 1839. His parents were Frederick J. W. and Fredericka (Ribke) Benedix, who were both born in Plau, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. The family emigrated to America in 1852, making settlement in Scott county, Iowa, near the Mississippi river. In that county Mr. Benedix spent the remaining years of his boyhood, continuing his education in the schools of his neighborhood. he was living in Iowa when the Civil war came on, and he was the first volunteer to enlisht from LeClaire township, Scott county, at Lincoln's call for three months' men to put down the rebellion. His enlistment took place on April 20, 1861, only a few days after Fort Sumter was fired upon, he being assigned to Company G, First Iowa Infantry. He was in the command of Geneal Lyon in Missouri, and participated in that first important victory for Union arms, at Wilson's Creek, although previous to that he had been in several skirmishes. Altogether he served four months, and then received his honorable discharge and returned home to Scott county. In the fall of 1863 he once more left thee, and became a government employe in the cavalry department at Benton Barracks, St. Louis. On his return to Scott county in the spring of 1864 he made preparations for crossing the plains to idaho, and arrived in that territory in the fall of the same year. He spent several months in gold mining in the Boise basin, and in the spring of 1866 he went on to Oregon, where he did some gold prospecting. Later in the same year he came to California, locating on a farm near Rio Vista in Solano county, where he remained until 1868, when he disposed of his interests in Solano county, and moved to the Sacramento county homestead which has been mentioned as his permanent place of residence since that datae.

In 1870 Mr. Benedix was married to Miss Emily Weisman, who was also born in Germany. Five children were born of their union, four of whom are living: Frederick J. is in Crook county, Oregon, where he is associated with Mackintosh & Son in the sheep and wool business; Albert is at home; Christian W., the deceased son, graduated with the class of 1902 from the dental department of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at San Francisco; Frank W. is a teacher in the public schools of Perkins Station, Sacramento county, and he also owns a farm of ninety acres near that town; Henry C. is a postal clerk in the Sacramento postoffice. The sons have all acquired honorable positions in life, and are young men of such character and ability as to reflect credit upon their honored father. Mrs. Benedix, the mother of these sons, died on January 29, 1904, after a happy married life of nearly thirty-five years.

Mr. Benefix is a member of Warren Post No. 54, G. A. R., at Sacramento, and is one of the honored old veterans of the rebellion who now live in California. His interest has been directed in many channels of benefit to his community. For a quarter of a century he served as a member, and much of the time as clerk, of the board of trustees of the Point Pleasant school district. For the first six years after the founding of the Elk Grove Union high school he was a member of the board of trustees of that institution.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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