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Tobacco Ranch

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1601 E. McEwan Street
Clare, MI 48617
United States
Regions: Mid-Michigan
(989) 386-2221
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Jim Paetschow
In the 1930's, Isaiah Leebove, an attorney with ties to the infamous Purple Gang, found himself in trouble with the law on the east coast and decided to flee New York.

After finding himself in Clare, Michigan, he began building what is now known as the Tobacco Ranch House.  Leebove built the spacious ranch-style home to impress, and made the house grand!

He incorporated beautiful stone pillars, multiple stone fireplaces, and a large enclosed porch overlooking the pond. All of which still exist today!

Leebove and his wife entertained many oil barons, mobsters, friends, and other guests in the luxurious home up until the age of 42, when he was gunned down at the Doherty Hotel tap room bar on May 14, 1938, by his business partner in the local oil industry, and fellow Purple associate, Carl “Jack” Livingston.