The Legend Lives On
The details can be debated but Al Capone plays a part in Deerfield’s history.
Legend has it, the fish packing house that later became the Riverview Restaurant was used by Al Capone as a gambling casino, brothel and for shipping illegal booze. Across from this location is a little secluded 52 acre island. It was purchased in 1930 by attorney Vincent G. Giblin for Al Capone to use and build a private home.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Deerfield Beach City Hall
Dr. Michele Williams from the Florida Public Archeology Network – “Florida” very different from the one we know.
Dr. Williams graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a M
A and PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. Dr. Williams has participated in excavations throughout the southeastern United States for the past 20 years. Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans.
This presentation is part of History at High Noon, a series of talks sponsored by the Deerfield Beach Historical Society. Light refreshments are served; free entrance, donations accepted.
For more information, call (561) 429-0378.
Deerfield’s Gambling Past
In 1929, William Kester built a packing house for local farmers and fishermen on the Intracoastal in Deerfield. In 1938, he sold it to William Stewart, a casino operator from Wheeling, West Virginia. “Bill” quickly converted the packing house into a bar, restaurant and gambling casino. The emphasis was on gambling.
Originally named The River View Club it operated as a private club casino until 1947. Its location between The Boca Raton Hotel and the Hillsboro Club made it a perfect spot for wealthy visitors to enjoy games of chance.
Deerfield’s Pioneer Housing
Originally from West Virginia, brothers Stuart and William Kester settled in Florida in the 1920‘s and began building their trademark cottages in the Pompano/Deerfield area in 1937.
Their houses were build of Dade County Heart pine and were equipped with running water and indoor plumbing. There were 1, 2, 3 and an occasional 4-bedroom model. They were painted white and all had their trademark shutters with assorted cutouts, all which were made on site.