Series 1 of the Bendel Family Papers contains diaries, correspondence and biographical
material pertaining to various members of three generations of the Bendel and Handley
families (1861-1963). Through Rudolph Bendel, Sr.'s journals, these Papers are also a
source for study of American maritime activities in the Pacific during the first two
decades of the twentieth century. In Winifred Bendel Lombardi's Honolulu letters to her
mother one gains an insider's glimpse of political life in Hawaii at the dawn of
statehood. Series 2 contains drafts and notes generated by Winifred Handley Bendel in the
course of her activities as a local historian and author in the City of Fremont and in
Washington Township, Alameda County (Calif.). Series 3 contains minutes, reports and
other documents pertaining to the affairs of the Fremont city government (1956-1959).
The Bendel Family lived for some one hundred years in Alameda County, California. The
first generation were prosperous merchants with a strong interest in military affairs. In
the second generation, two sons pursued military careers. The younger of these two,
Roland Bendel, created most of the papers in this collection. His son, Roland Jr. became
a US Naval aviator.
Collection is open for research.