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Lyle C. Bennett—“The First 80 Years of My Life”

 Unprocessed — Box: 06561 A
Identifier: H2016-091

Content Description

The collection consists of an autobiographical manuscript written by Lyle Conrad Bennett titled, “The First 80 Years of My Life.” The manuscript comprises roughly 80 pages and nine chapters. The first part of the manuscript dates to 1998 with other items added bringing the manuscript to 2003. The manuscript highlights various events in Mr. Bennett’s life, including stories on his family, growing up on a farm, attending school, working and living in the 1930s during the Great Depression, his service during during World War II, family and farm life after the war, moving to Minnesota in the 1970s, working for International Harvester Company, retirement and various family stories. Lyle Bennett was born on April 8, 1918 to Michael and Lillian (Thomas) Bennett on a far east of Arlington (S.D.). He attended Country Grade School #18 and graduated from Arlington High School in 1935. He served in the US Army/Air Force as a gunner on both the B-24 and B-17s during World War II. He married Arda Dixon in 1941. They had two sons, Larry and John. After Arda passed away in 1952, he married Arda’s sister Joyce Dixon in 1954. They had a son Donald. Following Joyce’s death in 1986 he married Martha Spilde in 1987. They were married until Martha’s death in 2006. He worked on a farm, drove truck and was Parts Manager for International Harvester for 28 years. He died at Arlington on April 13, 2014.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1998-2003



0.1 Cubic Feet