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Our History

Charles Orbra Sterner

Name:  Charles Orbra Sterner

Date of Birth: 1887

Date of Death: 06/25/1922

Location of Death: St. Louis, Missouri

 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

Prohibition Agent Charles Sterner and local officers were searching for moonshine on the grounds of the Sharpshooters Park & Club near St. Louis, MO.  As they searched, someone shot at them from a nearby building, seriously wounding Agent Sterner. He was rushed to the local hospital, but died seven days later. Although a number of suspects were immediately rounded up and arrested, the individual responsible for Agent Sterner's death was never identified.

BACKGROUND

Agent Sterner joined the Prohibition Unit on 1/30/1922, with an annual salary of $1,800.

PERSONAL

Agent Sterner was born in Prairie Hill, MO.  He was survived by his wife.

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