Storekeeper-Gauger Francis Joseph Sears

Storekeeper-Gauger Francis Joseph Sears

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1928

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Francis Joseph Sears

Storekeeper-Gauger Francis Sears was killed in a massive explosion at the Publickers Alcohol Plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The plant took up the entire block bounded by Water Street, Snyder Avenue, and McKean Street, and Swanson Street.

A mechanic was working on a cistern when a spark caused a massive explosion, destroying the entire plant. The mechanic and Storekeeper Sears were both killed, and several other people were injured.

Storekeeper Sears was a U.S. Navy WW I veteran and U.S. Navy Reserves veteran who served as a policeman at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and served with the United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Location Pennsylvania


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Thank you for your service.

We appreciate all you did for us in this life and the life to come.

Thank you for our father, Harry.

Florence Sears really loved you all her life.

Dan, Pat, Tim Sears

September 13, 2022

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