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Gentlemen bootleggers : the true story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a small town in cahoots

Author: Bryce T Bauer
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2014.
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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 418--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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryce T Bauer
ISBN: 9781613748480 1613748485 1613748515 9781613748510
OCLC Number: 863596648
Description: 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Bryce T. Bauer.

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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 418--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"--

"The never-before-told true story of a small town in Iowa that produced its own liquor during Prohibition"--

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