Circumstances of Death
During a still raid outside McAlester, Oklahoma, Special Agent Oliver Holmes Cornelius suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the scene.
Agent Cornelius joined the Bureau of Prohibition on March 16, 1931, and served at offices in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Oklahoma City. He carried badge #420. Agent Cornelius was a veteran of World War I, having proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1916-1919. He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves.
Agent Cornelius was born in Antlers, Oklahoma. He was survived by his wife, Lillie Pearl.