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Bentsens move to Texas


On this day in 1918, Peter Bentsen and his family left their South Dakota homestead and headed for Sharyland, an irrigated citrus and vegetable utopia envisioned by John H. Shary and developed by him near Mission, Texas. It took the family seventeen days to drive the 1,675 miles to the Rio Grande valley by car. They arrived penniless. Bentsen's sons, Lloyd, Sr., and Elmer, joined him after they were mustered out of the service at the end of World War I. All saved diligently and invested in Valley land as soon as they could, and the two brothers became the premier colonizers and developers of Hidalgo County. Lloyd Bentsen, Sr., and his wife had four children, one of whom, Lloyd Bentsen, Jr., was a congressman, a United States senator, a vice-presidential candidate, and secretary of the treasury.

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