Karl D. Beghtol attorney at law at Hastings now serving as police judge, was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, on the
22d of March, 1876, a son of James V. and Edith (McCoy) Beghtol. The father is a physician and in the year 1882
removed with his family to Lincoln, Nebraska. He afterward came to Hastings, where he is still engaged in the active
practice of medicine and surgery, occupying a prominent and enviable position in that connection.
Karl D. Beghtol was educated in the public schools and in the high school of Friends, Nebraska, where he was graduated.
He afterward took up the profession of teaching and became assistant principal of the Nebraska Institute for the
Blind at Nebraska City, remaining there for a year. During his school work he specialized in the teaching of Latin
and history. He afterward took the classical course at the University of Nebraska, specializing in languages for
four years, and again he taught school, spending three years in that connection at Ogden, Utah. Later he devoted
a year to teaching in the schools of Anaconda, Montana, and on the expiration of that period retired from the profession
and became credit man for the Copper City Commercial Company of Anaconda.
In 1905 Mr. Beghtol reentered the University of Nebraska for the study of law and on the completion of his professional
course was graduated with the class of 1908. He then returned to Hastings, opened his office and is enjoying a
good practice. He holds a teacher's life certificate in Nebraska but expects henceforth to concentrate his energies
upon his law practice, which is becoming continually more extensive and of a more important character. His legal
learning, his analytical mind, the readiness with which he grasps the points in an argument all combine to make
him a strong and capable lawyer, rendering him a formidable adversary in legal combat.
On the 12th of October, 1910, Mr. Beghtol was united in marriage to Miss Ana Brach, a daughter of William Brach,
of Hastings. They have one child, Karl D., Jr. Mr. Beghtol gives his political allegiance to the republican party
and was a candidate for the office of county attorney in 1912, but was defeated by a small vote, the Wilson ticket
carrying everything with it. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church. Fraternally he is connected
with Acacia Lodge, No. 233, A. F. & A. M., also with the Royal Arch chapter of Anaconda, Montana, and with
Anaconda Lodge, No. 239, B. P. O. E. He likewise belongs to a university fraternity, the Betha Theta Pi, and to
the Pan Hellenic, T. N. E., the Phi Delta Phi and the the Theta Kappa Nu. Upon examination he won an honorary membership
in an honorary legal fraternity. In the line of his profession he has membership with the Bar Association and in
November, 1914, was elected police judge. He turns for recreation to fishing, hunting and various phases of outdoor
life, which he greatly enjoys. Laudable ambition prompts his activity in his professional career and leads to his
thorough preparation of cases. At no time has his reading ever been confined to the limitations of the questions
at issue. It has gone beyond and compassed every contingency and provided not alone for the expected but for the
unexpected, which happens quite as frequently in the courts as out of them.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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