Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport in Scott County
Davenport in Scott County

Charles Englehart

Homicide

Charles Englehart
70 YOA
700 block of Main Street
Davenport, IA
Scott County
September 22, 1935

 

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

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.

Courtesy The Morning Democrat
Charles Englehart’s murder made many headlines due to his status in the community.

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.”

About Charles Englehart
Charles Englehart gravestoneCourtesy photo Jim & Lori Rowe
Charles Englehart is buried in Louisa County’s Grandview Cemetery.

Charles Englehart was born in 1865 and buried September 25, 1935 in his hometown of Grandview, Iowa, in the Grandview Cemetery.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Charles Englehart’s unsolved murder, please contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.

Sources:
  • Cold cases: Unsolved, but not forgotten,” by Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, June 26, 2011
  • Davenport’s unsolved homicides,” Quad-City Times, June 25, 2011
  • Murders unsolved but not forgotten,” Quad-Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 27, 2010
  • Cold case murders 1935-2009,” Quad-Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 27, 2010
  • Who Could Have Killed Kindly Charles Englehart?” The Morning Democrat, October 14, 1955
  • United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch, Charles Englehart in household of Louisa Hummel, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0034, sheet 10A, family 320, line 27, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 681; FHL microfilm 2,340,416.
  • United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch, Louisa Hummel, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0034, sheet 10A, family 320, line 26, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 681; FHL microfilm 2,340,416.
  • Iowa State Census, 1915,” database with images, FamilySearch, Charles Englehart, 1915; citing , Scott, Iowa, United States, card no. , Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,462,753.

 

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