Learn about ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid-Story of Roy Olmstead’ on Wed. May 10


Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston (pictured, left) will present ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead’ at a fundraiser for the Des Moines Historical Society on Wednesday, May 10, from 7 – 9 p.m.

Here’s the overview of this compelling, local and historic true story (that should be made into a film!):

On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, Roy Olmstead, the Northwest’s most notorious and beloved bootlegger, was captured by federal Prohibition agents on the Woodmont Dock in Des Moines.

Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston will discuss the details of what became known as “the Woodmont Dock Raid,” including:

  • the wire-tapping of Olmstead’s phones
  • the corruption that blanketed Olmstead’s arrest
  • the three trials (including the 89-defendant, largest trial in prohibition history)
  • the infamous U.S. Supreme Court search-and-seizure wiretapping decision in Olmstead v. U.S.
  • Olmstead’s time at the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary
  • and his ultimate pardon – on Christmas Day, 1935 – by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The cost is $5 for society members, and $10 for the general public.

WHAT: “The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead”

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, from 7 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Des Moines United Methodist Church, located at 22225 9th Ave S. (map below).

COST: $5 for Des Moines Historical Society members, and $10 for general public. Strawberry shortcake dessert provided.

Proceeds will support the Des Moines Historical Society’s future public programs and museum renovation.

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One Response to “Learn about ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid-Story of Roy Olmstead’ on Wed. May 10”
  1. RedondoRick says:

    Your Des Moines Historical Society is proud to present, Steve Edmiston and his tale of Roy Olmstead, notorious “Rum Runner” of Woodmont Beach. This is your yearly Historical Membership Drive and Election of Officers.

    The Des Moines Historical Society is run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds go to keep the museum up and running. Yearly dues are $15 and due in May. The admission for The Woodmont Dock Raid, will go against the cost of your yearly dues. You not only get the program, but you renew your membership for the year.

    Des Moines Historical Society is always open to volunteers. So come see a part of Des Moines past history. And support your museum at the same time. Steve’s programs are always informative and educational. Thanks for your support…

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