Category Archives: Rumrunners

When Rumrunners Ruled (Part 4)

(Princeton-by-the-Sea) “We not only learned enough to uncover one of the biggest bootleg rings in the country,â€? boasted Mobile Prohibition Supervisor John Exnicios, “but we also have the names of all of the prominent members of the ring.â€? Leaked to … Continue reading

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When Rumrunners Ruled (Part 3)

Three years earlier, in 1921, Paul Pane and Tom Murphy began their bootlegging operations at Princeton-by-the-Sea, some four miles north of Half Moon Bay. With the collapse of the Ocean Shore Railroad, Princeton was a failed resort and some residents … Continue reading

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When Rumrunners Ruled (Part 2)

It was dark and the bootlegger Paul Pane was standing with his men on an isolated beach near Ano Nuevo. His job was to signal the Canadian vessel, Prince Albert, with a flashlight, using a special code to give the … Continue reading

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When Rumrummers Ruled (Part I)

(Photo: The pier at Princeton-by-the-Sea) When the San Mateo County Coastside was identified as a major depot of smuggled Canadian whiskey during Prohibition., pioneer liquor buccaneers Paul Rubio Pane and Thomas Murphy called themselves exporters—but they were hardened professional bootleggers … Continue reading

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