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Earl R. Harrouff

Name:  Earl Raymond Harrouff

Date of Birth:  1894

Date of Death: 01/12/1950

Location of Death:  Cameron, Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

Special Agents Earl Harrouff and Gus Gehlbach had completed a National Firearms Act investigation and were returning to Kansas City, MO.  As they drove along a highway near the City of Cameron, their vehicle was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer truck.  The government vehicle went into a skid, crossed the road and crashed into a ditch. Agent Harrouff was thrown from the car and died enroute to the local hospital.  Agent Gehlbach suffered severe injuries, but survived.

BACKGROUND

Agent Harrouff joined the Prohibition Unit on 10/28/1922, serving as a junior chemist at the Little Rock, AR, laboratory.  He became a special agent in September 1935 and served in offices at St. Louis and Kansas City.  He carried badge #340. Previously, he was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served from 1917-1918 in a chemical warfare unit.

PERSONAL

Agent Harrouff was born in Coats, KS.  He was survived by his wife, Louise.

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