Guthrie County in Iowa
Guthrie County in Iowa

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Alonzo Beghtel


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.

 Courtesy photo Iowa Department 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,
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.



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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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