Joseph "Polack Joe" Soltis

Joe Soltis, known as Polack Joe, ran the beer business on the Southwest Side of Chicago, and often clashed with Al Capone. Soltis was rumored to be a brutal character. He supposedly clubbed a woman to death for refusing to sell beer from her ice-cream parlor. Though he was shot at often and jailed too many times to count, Soltis somehow survived the beer wars, amassed a fortune, and retired to Wisconsin. Sadly, though, he spent his entire fortune and died a pauper.


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