Local Bootlegger Immortalized in New Book

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Actor Jimmy Stewart was born in Pennsylvania, and one of the many roles he played was a real-life moonshiner from North Carolina named Carbine Williams in a film of that title. 

Prince Farrington, a bootlegger from Central Pennsylvania, went to see that movie when it was shown here in Jersey Shore, and folks said Farrington almost certainly knew Carbine in the early days.

Author and historian Guy Graybill has told the colorful tale of Farrington in the book, “Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of America’s Millionaire Moonshiner,” published by Sunbury Press.

Graybill stopped in at the VIA Studios to talk with Keystone Edition’s Erika Funke about the exploits of the prince, and how Graybill discovered him.

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