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The Bentsen Film Collection, no. 8 - Reception at Family Home

Museum of South Texas History

Silent | c. 1930s

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  •  The grounds of Alton Bentsen's residence in Mission, TX 
  •  The couple behind the cake are Matt & Bernie Walling, the parents of Leone Walling Bentsen. She is the second wife of Alton Bentsen. The occasion is their 50th anniversary. 
  •  The couple walking through the film together were Matt & Bernie Walling. 
  •  The w oman in the blue dress walking toward the camerais Leone Walling Bentsen, wife of Alton Bentsen.  Alton is doing the filming. 
  •  In the home of Alton Bentsen on north Conway in Mission, TX. 
  •  B rief view of woman in blue dress is Vivian Bentsen, wife of Marion Bentsen. 
  •  Brief view of tall white-haired woman with white coursage is Teena Bentsen, Mrs. Peter Bentsen. She is the mother of the entire Bentsen clan. 
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This home movie captures scenes of a picturesque house and its landscaped grounds, followed by a family gathering at the home for a wedding reception.

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.