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Mercer Island Historical Society

Founded 1954

Keeping History Alive on Mercer Island

A Washington State Non-profit Charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status.

The Fall Meeting Lineup is Here!

Our Next Meeting
Tuesday October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City

Author Brad Holden

Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry.

Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state's biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge.

Author Brad Holden tells the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition.

Books available for purchase and signing.

Sponsored by Mercer Island Historical Society and Mercer Island Library

Meeting at Mercer Island Library


Mercer Island and Lake Washington News

Before there was the Mercer Island Reporter--back in 1912 there was the

All the local happenings of course--and in our archive we've found four issues.

Published semi-monthly, each issue of the newpaper consisted of four pages, with a photo on the front page. As yet we have no information as to how long the paper was published. But the contents reveal a very different Mercer Island of 1912...[more]


Don't forget Our Book!

Available at Island Books
For details on our book click here