|Title||Olmstead residence, Seattle, ca. 1925 |
|Date||ca. 1925 |
|Caption||During Seattle's prohibition years in the 1920s, Roy Olmstead became one of the largest and most successful bootleggers in King County. Learning how the trade operated from involvement in raids and arrests while serving as a Seattle Police Lieutenant, Olmstead noted the lack of organization of many bootleggers and began his own operation. After an arrest and dismissal from the Seattle Police Force, he continued his operations which eventually grew to include many vessels, trucks, warehouses, and employees importing liquor from Canada. Along with his second wife, Elise, Olmstead established the American Radio Telephone Company which they operated from this home in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood. It was suspected that the children's bedtime hour was used to relay coded messages to the various rumrunners employed.|
Suspicious of the activities, federal agents employed surveillance techniques and wiretapping to arrest Olmstead, his wife, and nine other men in 1924. After a Federal Grand Jury indictment in 1925, he appealed in a landmark case on the grounds that wiretapping was unconstitutional based on the 4th and 5th Amendments. After losing his appeal, Olmstead served four years time at McNeil Island Penitentiary and was released in 1931.
Having converted to the Christian Science faith in prison, and now believing that alcohol was destructive, Olmstead spent his remaining years counseling and teaching from the Bible, providing rehabilitative services to Puget Sound inmates, and operating a ministry from the Times Square Building until his death in 1966.
|Notes||Handwritten on image: Olmstead Home Sold.|
Caption information source: HistoryLink.org.
|Subjects||Houses--Washington (State)--Seattle; Residential streets--Washington (State)--Seattle; Automobiles--Washington (State)--Seattle; Prohibition--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Mount Baker (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5G.2263 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 glass negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |