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This letter, dated October 29, 1917, from Kersey Gowin to North Dakota (ND) Attorney General William Langer regarding Gowin's initial findings upon being stationed in Minot, ND. Gowin provides many names, locations and details related to ongoing alcohol shipments and sales and prostitution, describes the situation as dangerous and writes that he believes there are several there who would kill anyone who "told." He reports that the chief of police is a nightly drinker in one of the places, and requests that two men and one woman be assigned to work undercover, as he is a known person there.
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Alcohol, Bootlegging, Bootleggers, Kersey Gowin, Minot, Prohibition
Ehr Farm, Parker Hotel, Matsen Rooming House
Bell Boyenton, D. V. B., Herb Brunn, George Ehr, Kersey E Gowin, William Kimbell, William Langer, Dad Marsh, Red McQuil, John Moore, Allen Odell, Jay Parriot, Harry Philips, Dave Philips, Jack Wallace, Joe Young
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Gowin, Kersey E., "Letter from Kersey Gowin to Attorney General Langer Regarding Bootlegging and Prostitution in Minot, October 29, 1917" (1917). William Langer Papers. 268.