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.

On August 21, 1927, two men, 19 and 26, were arrested and charged with murder. On October 31, 1927, the 19-year-old was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years. He was pardoned on October 13, 1944.

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 Pardoned in 1944

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I was always in awe of my uncle John Keifor whom I never knew. His history from my father and other uncles made me know Keifor well. I was in Texas law enforcement for 35 years and have always thought his death and my fathers time as an officer in Rochester and Terry counties were the main reasons I became interested in law enforcement. Many in our family have served in law enforcement, over a dozen retiring from the profession over the years. Uncle Keifors name has not gone forgotten either as we have many John's and three or four Keifors (including his own son). Our family has forgotten him nor his sacrifice. He is buried at the Rochester Texas cemetery adjacent to two of his brothers and their families. He left us 95 years ago. He is listed on both the Texas Peace officers memorial and the Washington, D.C. memorial.

Larry Beauchamp

October 31, 2021

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