William C. Beutel (b. 1869) and his wife Emily
Treder Beutel (1873-1933) lived at 829 or 833
Englewood Avenue. They had two children, eight year
old Lillian M. Beutel (1895-1940) and five year old
Roland L. Beutel (1898-1948).
William was a co-founder with Sietz J. DeVries in
1900 of a lumber store, S. J. Devries & Co., at
842-945 W. 47th St. After the Iroquois Theater fire,
Sietz bought out William's interests in the company.
years after the fire, Emily remarried.
Early newspaper reports only listed a Mrs. E. Beutel
among the Iroquois Theater fatalities. Later lists
only included a William Beutel, and the Chicago
coroners inquest misspelled his name as Bentel. Other research verifies that Emily survived
and William did not but since Emily's name appeared on a
list of injured she presumably attended the theater
with her husband.
Given the ages of their children, I wonder if they were at the Iroquois too
If so, newspapers did not report it.
wrongful death suit was brought on William's behalf
against Iroquois owners.