Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel

Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel

Birth
Noble Township, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Jan 1950 (aged 81)
Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA
Burial Monteith, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 18948269 · View Source
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January 18, 1950 - iowacoldcases.org
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. 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. 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.

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.



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  • Maintained by: Susan Neff, Ford & Neff Family Historian
  • Originally Created by: 46620252
  • Added: 15 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18948269
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel (9 Nov 1868–18 Jan 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18948269, citing Monteith Cemetery, Monteith, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Susan Neff, Ford & Neff Family Historian (contributor 46816929) .