Http://www.inlandempirerealestate.kwrealty.com Joan Patterson, Realtor, License #01431647
I love selling homes in the Inland Empire and I love knowing the history of homes on the Inland Empire. I think most of us are so busy that we don’t even stop to smell the roses or even stop to see what celebrities or famous people that have lived in our Inland Empire. So, I think I will do a blog on a few of these people just for kicks and giggles because I, myself, would also like to know. I never used to be such a history buff until I got older!
Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was a gangster. He was in Chicago mostly and he was known for smuggling and bootlegging liquor and prostitution as well. He did all of this from about the 1920s to 1930’s.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York to immigrants that were Italian. He was expelled from school at an early age (14) and got involved with smuggling alcohol into the City when Prohibition was happening. He also was involved with other things such as bribing government officials. He was also known for giving money to the poor that he made from his illegal activities. So, he kind of became known as Robin Hood. He was involved killing seven rival gang members in what is called the Saint Valentines Massacre. He did not pay his taxes and so was charged with tax evasion and sent to Federal prison. He even spent time in Alcatraz. He contracted neurosyphilis in his youth and it caught up to him in his later years. He died in 1947 after he had a stroke from a heart attack.
His home in Fontana is not there anymore. It used to be at 8775 Tamarind Avenue, Fontana, CA. It was notable at the time as his chimney had the letter “C” on one of the chimneys. He used to have secret passageways built under that house that made for quick escapes in case he needed to get out quickly. No one even did find the tunnels though.
Joan Patterson, B.A., G.R.I., Realtor, License #01431647
Keller Williams Realty
8250 White Oak Avenue, Ste 102
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730