Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Marion B. Benton

An Inventory of His Papers, 1882-1999 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Benton, Marion B.
Title: Marion B. Benton Papers,
Dates: 1882-1999 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of material generated by personal activities of members of the Benton and Klattenhoff families.
Collection # S 1682.1
Quantity: 5 boxes (5.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Marion B. Benton was born in San Angelo, Texas in 1904. He lived in Slaton, Dimmitt, and Lubbock, Texas and, after attending Texas A & M University, was a farmer and in agriculture business. He married Lena Klattenhoff in 1929. Lena attended Texas Tech University and taught school for a time. The couple's children were Helen Benton Williams, Ruth Ann Benton Hill, and Robert Benton. Lena Klattenhoff was the daughter of W. F. Klattenhoff and Lina Pfluger Klattenhoff, early settlers in the Slaton, Texas area. Marion died in 1977. Lena survived until 1999.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material related to the Benton and Klattenhoff families and bulks with travel memorabilia. Additional material includes personal and family correspondence such as letters received from Ben C. Klattenhoff during his service in the Pacific during World War II. Of special interest are letters from Germany regarding care packages sent by members of the Klattenhoff family to aid acquaintances there after World War II.



The collection is organized into the following series:
Financial Material
General Files
Literary Production
Printed Material


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Benton, Marion B.
Benton, Lena Klattenhoff
Klattenhoff, M. F.
Slaton (Tex.)--history
Dimmitt (Tex.)--history
Lubbock (Tex.)--history
Lubbock County (Tex.)--history

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Marion Benton Photograph Collection
  • Marion Benton Oversize Collection
  • William J. Klattenhoff Papers, 1887-1979 and undated
  • William J. Klattenhoff Papers, 1900-1977 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marion B. Benton Papers, 1882-1999 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2004-0019-B and 2004-0121-B

Gifts, 2004

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2004

Collection Inventory


"Correspondence", 1905-1998 and undated

box folder
1 1 Family Correspondence, 1905-1989 and undated
2 General, 1907-1989 and undated
3 Greeting cards and announcements, 1927-1998 and undated
4 Greeting cards and announcements, 1929-1945 and undated
5 To Clara Klattenhoff Hayes re care packages sent to Germany and Holland after World War II, 1946-1947
6 From Ben C. Klattenhoff, 1942-1945
7 To John Schreiver, Lena, Clara, William, and M. F. Klattenhoff, 1902-1928 and undated
8 Re travel, 1958-1993


Financial Material, 1938-1985

box folder
1 9 Margie Benton, Cotton Receipts and Bank Deposits by P. C. Kitchens, 1943-1945
10 Margie Benton, Deposit slips, 1952
11 Margie Benton, Cotton and Grain rents from Tom Respondek, 1943-1944
12 Cattle, 1938-1967
13 Ledger, 1939-1942
14 Ledger, 1940-1949
15 Stock certificates, 1946-1962
16 Weekly Time Book, Texas Wheat Pool Elevator, Dimmitt, Texas, 1931-1933
box folder
2 1 Lena Klattenhoff Benton - Ledger, 1963-1985
2 Miscellaneous, 1925-1971


General Files, 1915-1999 and undated

box folder
2 3 Margie (Mrs. J. L.) Benton, 1936-1944 and undated
4 Composition/Exercise booklet in German and English, undated
5 Dimmitt Independent School District, School tax rate election, undated
6 Dimmit Wheat Growers, Inc., 1939-1948
7 Girl Scouts of the U. S. A., 1946 and undated
8 Knitting (includes Red Cross patterns for military items) and sewing patterns , circa 1941-1955 and undated
9 Lutheran Church, 1915-1990 and undated
10 Methodist Church, 1939-1990 and undated
11 Ranching Heritage Center (Lubbock, Texas), Docent Open House Guidebook, Picket and Sotol House, 1976
12 "Recreation School", 1946
13 Slaton exes, 1965-1972
14 Travel Guides, Kansas City and Yellowstone National Park, 1922 and undated
15 Travel memorabilia, 1927-1999 and undated
16 Travel memorabilia - Western U. S., Canada, and Louisiana, 1954-1955 and undated
17 Royal Caribbean Cruise Trans Canal (Panama), 1982
box folder
3 1 Trip to Africa 1983 - Memorabilia, 1983 and undated
2 Trip to Alaska 1979, 1978-1979
Trip to Europe 1925
box folder
3 3 Correspondence, 1925
4 Financial material, 1925
5 General, 1925
6 Tourist guides, 1923-1925 and undated
7 Memorabilia, 1925 and undated
8 Trip to Europe 1958 - Memorabilia, 1958
9 Trip to Hawaii 1959 - Memorabilia, 1959 and undated
Trip to Mexico 1948
box folder
3 10 Correspondence, 1948
11 Memorabilia, 1938-1948 and undated
Literary Production, 1920s and undated
box folder
4 1 Friedrich Klattenhoff, Lina Pfluger, and Louise Fuchs (in German), undated
2 Lena Klattenhoff Benton - Notebooks, circa 1920s and undated


Printed Material, 1900s-1999 and undated

box folder
4 3 "Communicating with the People behind the Iron Curtain", American Committee for Liberation, 1957
3 "Foreign Trade as an Instrument of Soviet Policy", American Committee for Liberation, 1957
4 Castro County Texas - Diamond Jubilee, 1966
5 "Early History of San Angelo", by Rose Austin and "Tom Green County", by Mrs. S. C. Autry, 1950
6 The Furrow, Bicentennial Issue, John Deer Company, 1976
7 The History of Pflugerville, Historical Committee of the Bicentennial Committee of Pflugerville, 1976
8 The Lubbock Tornado, Boone Publications, Inc., Lubbock, Texas, 1970
9 "Lubbock - Your Opportunity", circa early 1920s
10 New American Readers: Book One, by Lila Baugh and Paul Whitfield Horn, 1918
box folder
4 11 General, 1924-1999 and undated
12 "Early Days in Lubbock", 1964-1968
13 "Engine #1809 Moving From Santa Fe Park to City Park, Slaton,Texas", 1976
14 Obituaries of Family and Friends, 1929-1999 and undated
15 "Mrs. Poke Bonnett", Amarillo-Globe News, circa 1940s
16 Old Time Agriculture in the Ads, by Robert F. Karolevitz, North Plains Press, Aberdeen,South Dakota, 1970
17 The Pathfinder, November 24 and December 15, 1923 and April 12, 1924, 1923-1924
18 Recipes and food preparation, 1923-1950 and undated
19 Sam Bass: One Hundred Years Later 1878-1978, by the Sam Bass Historical Commission, Round Rock, Texas, 1978
20 Sketches of Early Days in Taylor, 1923
21 The Tumbler, Slaton High School Yearbook, Slaton, Texas, 1920
22 Miscellaneous, 1900s-1981 and undated


Memorabilia, 1882-19990 and undated

box folder
4 23 Lena Klattenhoff Benton, Hospital visitor register, 1975
24 Lena Klattenhoff Benton - Portrait (pastel), 1961
25 Margie Iola Benton - Funeral Register, 1970
26 Marion B. Benton - Funeral, 1977
27 Marion B. and Lena Klattenhoff Benton - Wedding, 1929
28 Marion B. and Lena Klattenhoff Benton - 25th Wedding Anniversary, 1954
box folder
5 1 Club activities, 1934-1964
2 Lina Pfluger Klattenhoff - Autograph books, 1882-1891
3 M. F. Klattenhoff - Funeral, 1945
4 Picture Post Cards, 1921-1947 and undated
5 Museums, 1955-1976
6 Universities - Texas Tech, Southern Methodist, Simmons, and Texas A & M, 1924-1990 and undated
7 Valentine's Day cards, undated
8 Miscellaneous, 1924-1982 and undated