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C. H. Bencini
H. BENCINI, formerly ... ..:: , " _:,7 A
Mayor of Brownwood,
has taken a prominent
part in Fort Worth affairs
since coming to
this city a number of
years ago. He is probably
the largest individual cotton oil
oil mill interests at Brady, Brownwood,
Dublin, Stephenville, Hico,
Hamilton, Coleman, San Antonio and
Goldthwaite, Texas, all directed from
his offices here. His success has been
due to his own efforts. He was
born at Salisbury, N. C. His father
died shortly after completing the
construction of the railway from
Jackson, Tenn., to Cairo, Ill., and at
ten, he went to the country to live
with J. F. Cocke, a wealthy planter
who had become very much attached
to him. At the age .of sixteen he
had been made foreman of the plantation
but soon after, his inclination
toward mechanics led him to leave
the farm and enter the railway machine
shops at Jackson, Tenn.,
where he received his first mechanical
training. He came to Paris
as engineer of an oil mill. His
success at Paris was immediate, and
in a short time he had advanced to
superintendent and manager. The
late Winfield Scott was attracted by
the results the young operator was
obtaining and the backing of that
wealthy investor assisted in building
up the chain of oil mill properties.
Mr. Bencini is also interested
in the cattle business, and is a
director in the Fort Worth and
Rio Grande division of the Frisco
system. Despite his extensive business
interests, he finds time for
other things, and served as head
of the Fort Worth United Charities
during a most successful year. At
Brownwood, while mayor, it was his
annual custom to see that no home
was without its Christmas basket, ___
though the name of the donor was
kept concealed, and while President
of the Fort Worth United Charities, _I
he started the same movement in _ 1
Fort Worth which has been kept up.
He is an Elk, a member of the __\
River Crest Country Club, the
Chamber of Commerce and a director
in the Fat Stock Show. He married
Mrs. Jeff D. McLean of this
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/15/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.