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Big Bill Lias

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Jul 14, 1900

William George "Big Bill" Lias was born in Wheeling

1920

Big Bill Lias started a career in the illegal sale and distribution of liquor

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1934

Big Bill Lias' first wife mysteriously died

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1939

Big Bill Lias opened a string of casino-nightclubs along Market Street in Wheeling

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1945

Big Bill Lias purchased Wheeling downs racetrack on Wheeling Island

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1948

The federal government charged Big Bill Lias with income tax evasion

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1952

The Wheeling Downs racetrack and other assets of Big Bill Lias were seized by the federal government

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Jun 01, 1970

Big Bill Lias died in Wheeling


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