Gentlemen Bootleggers

Gentlemen Bootleggers

The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and A Small Town in Cahoots

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"During Prohibition, while Al Capone was rising to worldwide prominence as Public Enemy Number One, the townspeople of rural Templeton, Iowa--population just 428--were busy with a bootlegging empire of their own. Led by Joe Irlbeck, the whip-smart and gregarious son of a Bavarian immigrant, the outfit of farmers, small merchants, and even the church Monsignor worked together to create a whiskey so excellent it was ordered by name: Templeton Rye. Gentlemen Bootleggers tells a never-before-told tale of ingenuity, bootstrapping, and perseverance in one small town, showcasing a group of immigrants who embraced the American ideals of self-reliance, dynamism, and democratic justice. It relies on previously classified Prohibition Bureau investigation files, federal court case files, extensive newspaper archive research, and a recently disclosed interview with kingpin Joe Irlbeck. Unlike other Prohibition-era tales of big-city gangsters, it provides an important reminder that bootlegging wasn't only about glory and riches, but could be in the service of a higher goal: producing the best whiskey money could buy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781613748480 (hardback)
1613748485 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 364.132209 BAU
Characteristics: 282 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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" The Treasure Chest; Wilson Gets the Beck; Closing in on the Golden Goose; Upheaval; Xmas Spirits; A Shoreless Sea; The Bootleggers' Hangover; Map of West Central Iowa; June 16, 1931; Eden's Oasis; Patriotic Murder; Steady Gaze; Anyplace but the Rectory; This Nefarious Business; Epilogue; Storming Eden. "


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