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The Bentsen Film Collection, no. 7 - Edcouch, Texas Parade and Dam

Museum of South Texas History

Silent | c. 1940s

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  •  The man is Marion Bentsen, who owned Edcouch Hardware at the time of the film. 
  •  The man walking across the film is Marion Bentsen 
  •  The man in center is probably AB "Dietz" Bentsen, mayor of Edcouch at the time. 
  •  Lana Cherill Bentsen, daughter of Robert Bentsen, granddaughter of Alton Bentsen. 
  •  The woman in red is Leone Walling Bentsen, wife of Alton Bentsen.  
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This home movie captures scenes of a parade in Edcouch, Texas where fire engines, men on horseback, floats, and citizens in costume parade through the streets. Scenes of the Bentsen family visiting the Edcouch Dam are also included.

The films in the Bentsen Film Collection were made during the 1930s and 1940s by Alton Bentsen. Alton was one of six children born to Peter and Tena Bentsen, Danish immigrants who came to the United States to farm. Originally homesteading in South Dakota, the Bentsen family eventually found their way to the Rio Grande Valley, where they bought and developed land in Hidalgo County. Future generations of the Bentsen family became active in banking and financial services as well as politics. Alton Bentsen was a paternal uncle of Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr., who served as U.S. Senator, U.S. Treasury Secretary and was the 1988 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee.

The films in the Bentsen Collection feature life in and around Mission, Texas, highlighting agricultural operations and celebrations surrounding the region's all-important citrus industry. The collection comes to TAMI courtesy of the Museum of South Texas History.