Night Watchman John Keifor Beauchamp

Night Watchman John Keifor Beauchamp

Haskell Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, October 23, 1926

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John Keifor Beauchamp

J. K. Beauchamp, 24, was employed as the night watchman for the City of Haskell, Haskell County, Texas. On Saturday night, October 23, 1926, at around 10:00 p.m., Beauchamp confronted several men burglarizing the Davis Economy Store.

When Beauchamp did not return home on Sunday morning his wife called Chief of Police Welsh and friends. Chief Welsh was already investigating because the awning and show window lights in the business section were still burning and the night watchman was required to turn them off around 10:00 p.m. each night.

A gun fight had obviously erupted when Beauchamp confronted the men inside the store. Beauchamp was shot on the left side of the heart and the top of his head. He fell in the door way with his head and shoulders outside in the alleyway. His pistol was lying near by with one round fired.

Two men were arrested in 1927 and charged with the murder. Family members report that two brothers were each convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

John Keifor Beauchamp was buried in the Rochester Cemetery in Rochester in Haskell County. He was survived by his wife, one son and two daughters. He had been well known as a wrestler prior to moving to Haskell and becoming the night watchman.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender sentenced to 40 years in prison

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Uncle Keifor it has been 93 years since you were killed performing your duties for the citizens of Haskell. I salute you and your service on this day, the anniversary of your death. You are gone but not FORGOTTEN.

Chief Deputy Joe Hester
Waller County Sheriff's Office

October 23, 2019

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