William (Wilhelm) Charles Beutel (b. 1869) and his wife Emily
Treder Beutel (1873-1933) lived at 829 or 833
Englewood Avenue. They had married in 1891 and by
1903 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 in 1900 with Sietz J. DeVries in
a lumber store, S.J. Devries & Co., at
842-945 W. 47th St. As a German immigrant,
having come to America with his parents as a
youngster, business ownership was an accomplishment.
William's funeral was held at
1:00 pm on Sunday, January 3, 1904 at St. Stephen's
Lutheran Church on Englewood Avenue and he was
buried in Concordia cemetery in Forest Park,
years after the fire
remarried four years after the fire to a steel
broker then again in 1914 to dentist Frank F. Bomer.
At death she was buried next to William.
wrongful death suit was brought on William's behalf
against Iroquois owners.
Sietz deVries bought out William's interests in the
Discrepancies and addendum
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, escaped and survived her injuries.
Given the ages of their children, I wonder if they were at the Iroquois too
If so, newspapers did not report it.