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Lawrence A. Mommer

Name:  Lawrence A. Mommer

Date of Birth: 1896

Date of Death: 06/27/1929

Location of Death: Fort Wayne, Indiana




Prohibition Agents Lawrence Mommer, James Scanlon, Herman Finch, A. L. Allen, and Thomas Scott, were patrolling the highways for rum-runners around Fort Wayne, IN.  At about 12:45 a.m., on the Maysville Road outside of Fort Wayne, the agents began a pursuit of an "Reo Speed Wagon," which they suspected was loaded with whiskey. The suspect driver had been ordered to stop and the two vehicles were driving side by side at about 10 mph.  Agent Mommer stepped to the running board of the Government vehicle and while attempting to board the suspect vehicle, he slipped and was crushed by its rear wheel. Agent Mommer was rushed to the local hospital, but passed away that same morning.


Agent Mommer joined the Bureau of Prohibition on 11/30/1928, with an annual salary of $2,300.


Agent Mommer was born in Indiana.  He was survived by his wife, Edith and two children, Sumner and Marjorie