Time Capsule: 1930s Prohibition Gangster Morris Roisner & His Elgin Money Clip

Robert Stokes

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For the detailed story of Morris Roisner, go to my website, www.TimeCapsule-Watch.com, & click on his Home Page photo (or click on <Presentation / Personal> menu button).

Morris Roisner (1889-1952) was a notorious St. Paul Prohibition Era gangster who served three years at Leavenworth Prison for income tax evasion. With his business partner, Roisner ran a huge bootlegging, slot machine & kidnapping operation, with yearly profits of over $1 million.

St. Paul in the late 1920s and early 1930s was known as a "crooks' haven" — a place for gangsters, bank robbers, and bootleggers from all over the Midwest to run their operations or to hide from the FBI – including John Dillinger, Ma Barker, & Baby Face Nelson.

After his release from Leavenworth, Roisner joined a mob-fronted company that sold & serviced Wurlitzer juke boxes (and never reported the income...). In 1941, Wurlitzer presented Roisner with a custom 10k gold-filled Elgin money clip, embossed with the Wurlitzer logo and beautifully engraved with his name.

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Another wonderful save and story, Robert. Thanks for sharing both with us.
 

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