The Press: Captain Billy Goes West

In 1919 Captain Wilford Hamilton Fawcett came back from the war. He was broke. In Minneapolis, where he had once been a police reporter for the Tribune, Captain Billy opened a tavern for ex-soldiers and sailors, called it the Army & Navy Club. When a squad of prohibition-enforcement officers raided the club, put a padlock on the door, Captain Billy went to work in a roadhouse.

A hearty man, full of rough good humor, Captain Billy was a veteran of two wars, knew a lot of bawdy jokes and enjoyed telling them. To amuse...

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