Born on a Wednesday, Oscar was the youngest child of James Smith and Mary Ellen Caton Flanagan.
November 30, 1899Death of Family Member
Oscar lost his mother at only 7 years old on a Thursday after a short illness. Her last words were to "take care of little Oscar".
June 21, 1900Census
A 6 year old Oscar is enumerated in his newly widowed father's household in Harpers Ferry district, near Bakerton. Although Oscar was not currently attending school, it is noted that he could both read and write. His father, James, lists his occupation as farmer and notes that he is married, and was married for 30 years.
April 10, 1910Census
A 16 year old Ansfees S. [Oscar] is enumerated in his father's household in Harpers Ferry district, near Bakerton. Oscar was currently working on the home farm while attending school. Also in the household was his oldest sister, Martha, and his brother, a laborer at the lime works, John Griggs.
May 16, 1911Land Transaction
As one of the surviving heirs to his grandfather's property (George W. Caton), Oscar took part in selling the real estate to Robert Miller.
September 14, 1911Event
The Shepherdstown Register reports that Oscar, his sister, Essie Bowman and husband, visited their brother John Griggs Flanagan and family in Baltimore recently.
September 10, 1914Event
It is reported in The Shepherdstown Register that Oscar won first for his Mango Pickle, and second for his Cucumber Pickle in the annual Morgan's Grove Fair.
December 4, 1916Death of Family Member
At 24 years old, Oscar lost his father, James to a complication of diseases. The family chose to bury their father in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, beside their mother.
April 21, 1917Land Transaction
As an heir of his father's estate, Oscar and others granted one acre of the remaining real estate to their brother, James Alvey.
May 12, 1917Land Transaction
As a heir to his father's estate, Oscar and others granted one acre of the remaining real estate to their sister, Maggie.
April 2, 1918Military Enlistment
June 5, 1918Draft Registration
Oscar's draft registration lists him as being short in stature and of medium build, and had blue eyes and brown hair. Oscar noted that his occupation was a cooper for the Washington Building and Lime Co. He also denotes that he is currently both residing and employed in Bakerton.
June 19, 1919Military Discharge
The Shepherdstown Register reports that both Oscar Flanagan and Roy Welsh were honorably discharged from the army, and they arrived home to Bakerton the prior week.
January 19, 1920Census
A 27 year old Oscar is enumerated in his brother, James Alvey's, household. Oscar was currently working as a laborer in the lime kilns, probably for the Bakerton quarry.
April 25, 1942Draft Registration
June 2, 1973Death
At 80 years old, Oscar succumbed to a heart condition. He was a resident of Nellas Nursing Home in Elkins, however his death certificate lists his usual residence as Bakerton.
June 5, 1973Burial
Oscar was laid to rest in his family's plot in Elmwood Cemetery on a Tuesday.