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James G. Balestrere
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1891
Sicilia, Italy
Death: Oct. 19, 1959
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Organized Crime Figure and one of the "Five Iron Men" of Kansas City. Born in Palermo, he immigrated to Milwaukee around 1903 and was a stone mason by trade. During World War I, Balestrere and the DiGiovanni brothers had been involved in a black market sugar operation, but by war's end, they had a large surplus of sugar and no market to sell it. The onset of Prohibition brought a huge demand for sugar and the DiGiovanni and Balestrere gangs became the top bootleggers in the city. Balestrere testified at the Kefauver Committee in 1950, and based on that testimony, the committe identified him as the boss and one of the "Five Iron Men" of organized crime in Kansas City. 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Balestrere (1876 - 1953)
  Caterina Brunetta Balestrere (1871 - 1942)
 
 Spouse:
  Josephine Falcone Balestrere (1895 - 1978)*
 
 Children:
  Marie Balestrere (1926 - 1926)*
 
 Sibling:
  Frank Balestrere (1876 - 1953)**
  James G. Balestrere (1891 - 1959)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: block , sect
 
Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Nov 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16782970
James G. Balestrere
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James G. Balestrere
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James G. Balestrere
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