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Author chronicles rise of Carter's empire

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New book digs into the secretive life of Hillsville industrialist George L. Carter.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — In attempting to write a book on a local mining magnate and land baron, Ned Irwin has gone against the wishes of one of the most powerful men that Hillsville ever produced.
George L. Carter made it as difficult as possible for following generations to understand his life and actions by leaving as little trace as possible, in death much as in life.
But Irwin continued the research of the late Ray Stahl and produced “The Last Empire Builder: A Life of George L. Carter, 1857 – 1936.”


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