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Book details life of Callaway moonshiner
Frank Mills shares his personal story with humor

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Frank Mills of Callaway has written a new book "Why Moonshine?" about his days as a moonshiner.

The book includes tales of himself and his acquaintances, told with humor and feeling.

"You won't find any curse words in this book," said Mills. "It's one I hope people will read and share with young people. We don't want to lose our history."

The book is meant for entertainment but is really a chronicle of the times, he said.

"I wanted to set down what I remembered before I forgot it," he said.

Though Mills lost his eyesight years ago, he still has a flair for telling stories with descriptive details, according to Linda Stanley with the Franklin County Historical Society.

"Why Moonshine?" consists of 39 chapters, detailing the time between making his first half-gallon to his last.

The end of the book invites anyone with questions or who has a story of their own to contact him to talk.

"I love to talk and I've got time to do it," he added. 

In addition to the stories, the book includes photographs of stills and vehicles associated with moonshining, as well as some of the characters from his life.

The book is published by the Franklin County Historical Society and sold as a fundraiser.

To purchase a copy, contact the history museum at 460 S. Main Street or call (540) 483-1890.

The cost of the book is $17.95.

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