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Roy Shafer

Name:  Roy W. Shafer

Date of Birth: 1886

Date of Death: 06/30/1930

Location of Death: Lebanon, Indiana




Prohibition Agent Roy Shafer and Inspector Wolfe were transporting investigative files from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL.  For reasons unknown, while driving southeast of Lebanon, IN, the Government truck left the road and struck a telephone pole. Agent Shafer suffered a broken neck and died at the scene.  Inspector Wolfe was seriously injured, but survived.


Agent Shafer joined the Prohibition Unit on 2/14/1927.  He served in offices at Albany, NY and Columbus, OH. Previously; he was the Sheriff of Noble County, OH from 1920 to 1921.


Agent Shafer was survived by his spouse, Reba; their daughter, Mary Catherine, and son, Laduc.