Daily Bread for 3.16.12

Good morning.

For Friday in Whitewater: “Patchy dense fog before 11 am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming south between 5 and 10 mph.” A nice day.

The Wisconsin historical Society recalls today as a memorable day in a rum war:

1924 – Antonio “Tony” Navarra murdered in Rum War

On this date Antonio “Tony” Navarra was gunned down by a hired killer. Born in Sicily in 1906 and longtime resident of Madison’s Greenbush neighborhood, Navarra presided over the Inner Council of Sicilians and sought to keep peace among the various factions engaging in illegal alcohol trade during Prohibition. With substantial income earned from his legitimate grocery business, he served as bail bondsman for the Regent Street gang. It was suspected that Navarra’s murder was orchestrated by Tony Musso, leader of the rival Milton Street gang and a former lieutenant of Al Capone. [Source: From Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery, pg. 191]

Hard to imagine a war over rum now, but it was a part of life then.

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