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Alonzo Beghtel

Homicide

Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel
81 YOA
Guthrie Center, IA
Guthrie County
January 18, 1950

 

Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel, an 81-year-old retired farmer, was beaten to death near his Guthrie Center, Iowa, home on Wednesday, January 18, 1950.

A 200-foot trail of blood led Guthrie County officials to Beghtel’s body near the one-room shack on Guthrie Center’s south side where Beghtel lived alone.

Courtesy The Gazette, Jan. 21, 1950

Courtesy The Gazette, Jan. 21, 1950

Beghtel, who got by on his pension, clutched nine dollars in his hand.

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Robert E. “Bob” Blair investigated the case.

Robert E. BlairCourtesy Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
Robert E. Blair, who later headed up the Iowa BCI, assisted the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office in investigating Alonzo Beghtel’s murder.

After convening a coroner’s jury, Beghtel’s cause of death was ruled a felonious assault.

Despite a reward offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Beghtel’s death, the case went unsolved.

About Alonzo Beghtel

Alonzo Beghtel was born November 9, 1868, in Wabash, Indiana to William and Lydia (Rousey) Beghtel. He had two brothers, Jesse and Charlie, and four sisters: Stella, Josephine, Florence, and Effie.

He was united in marriage to Lucy Iona Halley on September 8, 1889, and the couple had eight children: sons Jesse and Clarence, and daughters Della, Myrtle, Lola, Blanch, Lena, and Hazel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, and three of his children: Della, Jesse and Myrtle.

alonzo-beghtel-gravestoneCourtesy photo FLH, findagrave.com
Alonzo Bechtel was laid to rest in the Monteith Cemetery in Guthrie County, Iowa.

Memorial services were held in Monteith on Friday, January 20, 1950.

Alonzo Bechtel was laid to rest in the family’s plot in the Monteith Cemetery in Guthrie County.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Alonzo Beghtel’s unsolved murder, please contact the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 641-747-2214.

Sources:
  • Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel (1868 – 1950) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • Lucy Iona Halley Beghtel (1869 – 1937) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • Jesse Walter Beghtel (1891 – 1897) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • Clarence Beghtel (1897 – 1973) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • Lena Beghtel Rumelhart (1902 – 1998) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • Della Beghtel (1912 – 1912) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • “Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJZY-TXW : 8 March 2016), Alonzo Beghtel and Lucy I. Halley, 08 Sep 1889, Valley Twp, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing reference p 306 v 3, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,035,093.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHSV-PG7 : 11 August 2016), Alonzo Beghtel in household of Wm Beghtel, Noble, Wabash, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 190, sheet 388A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0315; FHL microfilm 1,254,315.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGMM-TP7), Lon Beghtel, Valley, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 64, sheet 21A, family 493, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 404; FHL microfilm 1,374,417.
  • “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8BB-LTD), Lon Beghtel, Valley, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing ED 67, sheet 20B, line 62, family 353, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 491; FHL microfilm 1,820,491.
  • “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMJ8-GQS), Lon Beghtel, Valley, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 27, sheet 3B, line 80, family 73, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 657; FHL microfilm 2,340,392.
  • “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMY3-M7W), Lon Beghtel, Guthrie Center, Valley Township, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-27, sheet 25B, line 50, family 626, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1163.
  • Unsolved Iowa killings: friends ‘still feel scars’” and “List of ‘case open’ slayings in Iowa,” by Nick Lamberto, The Des Moines Register, September 8, 1974
  • “Start Reward Fund,” The Iowa City Press-Citizen, February 8, 1950
  • Guthrie Center Man’s Death Ruled Murder,” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 21, 1950
  • “State Agent to Guthrie Center in Death Probe,” The Carroll Daily Times-Herald, January 20, 1950

 

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4 Responses to Alonzo Beghtel

  1. Sherri Seago says:

    Just curious, has there ever been a story on here about the murdered man (I think they called him Chicken George) from Osceola/Clarke County? Or maybe it has been solved? Happened many years ago.

  2. I hope and pray that it can be solved. Your right Sherri Seago.

  3. Diana Wilson says:

    I hate that there are crimes like this and that the families haven’t gotten closer. I do love reading about them and praying they get solved.

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