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On Sunday evening, September 22, 1935, Charles Englehart was struck twice in the head after exiting his vehicle in Davenport, Iowa.
The 70-year-old Englehart, a retired barber, had been parked in an alley and was surprised by an assailant once he got out of his car.
He later died at a local hospital.
Englehart often carried large amounts of cash in his wallet, and although the wallet was missing, Davenport police said the suspect left behind a diamond ring and stickpin.
Englehart’s murder made headlines as both police and private detectives struggled to identify his killer.
The Morning Democrat wrote on October 14, 1955:
Many murder victims are practically unknowns as far as the general public [is] concerned. But this case was different, for the victim was Charles Englehart, 68, a long-time resident of the city, a member of many local fraternal organizations and a stockholder in a large, successful wholesale firm in Davenport.
In an article published March 27, 2010 in the Quad-Cities Dispatch-Argus, reporter Bill Mayeroff called Englehart’s murder “the oldest of 52 unsolved Quad-Cities area murders discovered during a search of Dispatch/Argus files and of old police records by officers.”
Charles Englehart was born in 1865 and buried September 25, 1935 in his hometown of Grandview, Iowa, in the Grandview Cemetery.
If you have any information about Charles Englehart’s unsolved murder, please contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.