Circumstances of Death
Prohibition Agent Oscar Carl Hanson and Deputy U.S. Marshal Edward F. Flannary were riding in a Government vehicle when they were struck by a train at a railroad crossing in Humboldt, SD. Both men were killed instantly. Weather, snow and sleet, was considered a major factor leading up to this accident.
Agent Hanson joined the Prohibition Unit on November 2, 1925, with an annual salary of $1,860. He was assigned to the office in Watertown, SD.
Agent Hanson was born in La Crosse, WI. He was survived by his wife and their eight children.