1873–1958

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Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 4, 1873, Youngs­town, Ohio.

Died: Oc­to­ber 10, 1958, Reed Ci­ty, Mi­chi­gan.

Buried: In­gle­wood Park Ce­me­te­ry, In­gle­wood, Ca­li­for­nia.

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Biography

George’s fa­ther was named George, like him­self. George the young­er mar­ried twice: to Ar­a­min­ta Stat­ler Beel­er (or Behl­er) (1894) and Han­na Dal­strom.

When Ben­nard was very young, his fa­mi­ly moved to Al­bia, Io­wa, then Lu­cas, Io­wa. He wanted a ca­reer in evan­gel­ism, but was forced in­stead to sup­port his mo­ther and sis­ters when his fa­ther died.

After mar­ry­ing, he and his wife worked for the Sal­va­tion Ar­my in Il­li­nois, and he lat­er served as an evan­gel­ist in Am­er­i­ca and Ca­na­da.

Ben­nard spent his last years in Reed Ci­ty, Mi­chi­gan, where the Cham­ber of Com­merce erect­ed a cross near his home. The Old Rug­ged Cross His­tor­ic­al Mu­se­um in Reed Ci­ty com­mem­o­rates his work.

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