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Eli Beghtel

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Eli Beghtel

Posted: 1151901631000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Beghtel, Cox & Wagner
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 699-700

Eli Beghtel. Five miles north of Huntington on the Columbia City road is the “Haw Lane Farm.” That is the home of Eli Beghtel and family. The Beghtels have been identified with Huntington county since pioneer times, and the present proprietor of Haw Lane Farm was born on the estate which he now occupies. For forty years he has been closely identified with the agricultural and civic and religious interests of his township, and he stands as one of the representative citizens of Clear Creek township.

Eli Beghtel was born March 1, 1853. His parents were Daniel and Mary A. (Cox) Beghtel, the former a native of Stark county, Ohio, and the state of Pennsylvania. Their marriage was celebrated in Stark county, and from there they moved to Allen county, Indiana, and in 1846 located on the farm where their son Eli was born. That farm was the home of the father throughout the rest of his life, and besides his labors in clearing and cultivating that place, he was known for his high character and worthy citizenship in other ways. The ground on which the United Brethren church in that neighborhood was built was donated by Daniel Beghtel and he was long an active factor in church affairs. His politics was republican. There were ten children, and six are yet living, as follows: Catherine, widow of John Sickafoose; Isaiah of Goblesville, Indiana; Joseph, who for twenty-four years was a minister in the United Brethren church and is now retired; Lydia, wife of James Lemon, of Columbia City; William, a farmer in Clear Creek township.

Eli Beghtel was reared on his present farm, and his birth occurred in the old log cabin, which was for several years the shelter of the family in this county. His attendance at the district schools was supplemented by two terms in the Roanoke Classical Seminary, and among his early independent efforts in the world of affairs was an experience as teacher for one term. He next applied himself to the carpenter’s trade and followed it for several years. On December 10, 1876, Mr. Beghtel married Miss Sarah Wagner, who was born in Lancaster township of Huntington county, January, 1855. Her parents were Joseph and Margaret (Hildebrand) Wagner, and her father was an honored old resident of the county and for two terms served as commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Beghtel have four children, Marjorie G., a graduate of the Clear Creek high school, for three years a teacher, and now the wife of Frank Dolby, who is assistant cashier of the Huntington Trust Company; Glenne Opal, a graduate of the Clear Creek high school, made a record in orotorical contest and won several gold medals, and she is now the wife of Fred Mahoney; Elden F., is a graduate of the Clear Creek high school and taught for three years, in the country schools, and is now one of the teachers in the college at University Heights, in Indianapolis, and married Flossie Marchant, of Whitley county, both having been students in the Indiana Central University; Robin R. is a graduate of the common schools and is living at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Beghtel are members of the United Brethren church, and he has long been active in the society, and is a member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Beghtel has long been an ardent supporter of the prohibition cause, and is one of the leading workers for that party in Huntington county. He has been a candidate on the prohibition ticket in county politics, and has served as a delegate both to state and national conventions. Mr. Beghtel’s farm comprises one hundred acres, and having made farming his regular vocation for the past forty years, is regarded as one of the most successful managers of land and its resources, in Huntington county.

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