Friday, July 6, 2012

Bugs Moran

George Clarence Moran (August 21, 1891 – February 25, 1957), better known by the alias "Bugs" Moran, was a Chicago Prohibition-era gangster. He moved to the north side of Chicago when he was 19, where he became affiliated with several gangs. He was incarcerated three times before turning 21. On February 14, 1929, in an event which has become known as the Saint Valentine's Day massacre, seven members of his gang were gunned down in a warehouse, supposedly on the orders of Moran's rival Al Capone. He has been credited with popularizing the act of driving by a rival's hangout and spraying it with gunfire, now referred to as a drive-by shooting.

“We cultivated corn a while this morning and then drew in the hay we had cut 5 loads.  Got done about 4 o’clock and went and drew two loads for Will.  Quite a heavy shower of wind and rain about 6 o’clcok this evening.  Cousin Bert and Mary Chamberlin came this evening for a visit.  Lettie and I went to the reception at R. L. Walkley’s this evening after the shower.”

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