Class of 1920

1920 PeromaEdwin Bechtold
Edwin Bechtold

President Class ’17-’20; Army ’18-’19; Basketball ’16-’17-’18-’20; Football ’15-’16-’17-’19; Baseball ’16-’18-’20; Excelsior ’20.

“To those who talk and talk
This motto should appeal
The steam that blows the whistle
Never turns the wheel.”

Edwin Flynn Bechtold

May 15, 1900 – September 22, 1959

Funeral services for Edwin F. Bechtold, 59, chief of police in Newkirk, Oklahoma, since 1950, were conducted Thursday afternoon in the Newkirk Methodist church. Interment was in the Newkirk cemetery.

Bechtold died Tuesday in the Veterans hospital in Wichita, where he had been a patient the past month.

He was a native of Perry, born to Louis and Mary Bechtold on May 15, 1900. He graduated from Perry high school in 1920 and on July 25, 1922, was married in Newkirk to Gladys Holt. The family resided in Perry until 1926, when they moved to Newkirk.

During World war II, Bechtold was employed at Strother Field near Arkansas City, Kan., and at Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma City.

Prior to being named chief of police here, he engaged in the grocery business and for one year served as jailer of the Kay county jail in Newkirk.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; a daughter; four sons, including Don Bechtold, Newkirk; a sister, Mrs. Clifford Boggat and a brother, John Bechtold, both of Perry.