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Southwest Stories: Roy Olmstead, Bootlegger
Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018, 2 – 4 p.m.
Southwest Stories:  Roy Olmstead, Bootlegger
WhereSouthwest Branch
Room LocationMeeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for Southwest Stories and a talk by Steve Edmiston on Seattle bootlegger and rumrunner Roy Olmstead.
DescriptionKnown as the “King of the Puget Sound Bootleggers,” Roy Olmstead ran a wildly successful bootlegging business during the 1920s after being fired as a lieutenant in the Seattle Police Department. He became one of the largest employers in Seattle and had a fleet of vessels, automobiles and trucks to bring contraband liquor from British Columbia down the coast to locations on Puget Sound. Arrested in 1924 and convicted of violation of the federal prohibition laws, Olmstead served his sentence until 1931 and for the remainder of his life, he operated a Christian Science prison ministry.

Southwest Stories offers monthly presentations on the history of West Seattle and the Duwamish Peninsula on the third Sundays at the five branches in West Seattle. Presented in partnership with the Southwest Historical Society.
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Contact InfoSouthwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian
ContactNancy Slote
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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