Students of Iron Range history might have heard the name William E. “Pussyfoot” Johnson. In addition to holding a fantastically literary name, Johnson holds significance in northern Minnesota history. After all, he was the man who famously brought prohibition to the Iron Range, a place that vehemently, violently didn’t want it. The Hibbing Tribune editorial page eviscerated him constantly for several years. Johnson didn’t like Hibbing either, calling it the “worst-governed community in America.”
You should know that this is what he looked like:
|William E. “Pussyfoot” Johnson, WikiCommons, via Zenith City Online|
To answer your question, he was called “Pussyfoot” because of his ability to track bootleggers through the woods without detection. Yes, that guy in the picture.