The early history of Columbia County, AR, is recalled in this 78-page spiral bound book, a reprint comprised of excerpts from the 1890 book, Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, and a product of the WPA, Arkansas, A Guide to the State, published in 1941. The 8.5" x 11" booklet is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. ettiellgore The first part of the booklet contains a brief history of the county: Civil War period; Early settlers and their lifestyle; County organization and county officials; Industries and businesses; Early villages -- Calhoun, Lamertine, Faleon and Frog Level; Magnolia, the county seat; the Railroad; Waldo, a flourishing mill town; Buckner and McNeil, towns along the railroad; Grand juries; Attorneys; Newspapers, schools and churches; and other items of interest. Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Most are fairly lengthy, and often include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records (primarily Civil War), and business activities. In the course of this they often shed light on the early businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: D.E. Allen, Cicero Ansley, Rev. William Armstrong, Judge B.F. Askew, Dr. James Atkinson, Rev. L.W. Baker, Francis Asberry Baker, J.W. Barrow, Henry Beasley, John Berley, William Black, Thomas Blewster, Dr. J.M. Bolger, John Boreing, A.J. Brewer (picture), Anderson Bussey, James Cooper, William Andrew Jackson Cooper, T.G. Couch, Sanford Couch, Z.L. Daniel, A.E. Davis, William Henry Dingler, Dave Dixon, Rev. B.W. Dufur, Reuben Emerson, William Farrer, Rev. W.J. Fears, John Fields, Dave Futch, J.A. Gaines, William Garrard, Samuel Annias Godbold, Dr. John Goode, Henry Gosdin, Daniel Green, Pleasant James Harriss, James Warren Hartsfield, Rev. James Harvey, Henry Hawkins, James Henry, Dr. Archibald Henry, Jefferson Hicks, Dr. Solonzo Hughes, E.T. Hutcheson and Son, Andrew Robert Johnson, W.M. Johnson, Judge William Joiner, Stephen Kendrick, B.F. Kelly, Col. J.M. Kelso, Frank Amsted Key, Dr. D.L. Killgore, A.S. Killgore, John Luck, Dr. D.M. McKnight, William McLure, Joseph McWilliams, Henderson Manes, Luther Mason, W.A. Merritt, Thomas Milner, Capt. Thomas Monroe, W.G.H. Morgan, Asburry Murphy, Frank Norwood, Caspar Pace, Thomas Phillips, Joel Pollard, John Jimerson Pope, Luther Powell, Thomas Pullig, A.A. Reid, Dr. John Preston Roberts, J.B. Rudd, Franklin Scott, Dr. John Searcy, James Sewell, Robert Sharman, Daniel Jackson Smith, Nathan Fletcher Smith, J.E. Smith (picture), J.J. Smith, John T. Souter, J.W. Stuart, Monroe Jefferson Talley, A.B. Thomas, J.A. Thomas, Dr. A.J. Thompson, Bradford Thompson, Jonathan Thrailkill, John Upchurch, Dr. J.H. Wallace, Robert Minor Wallace, R.S. Warnock, Dr. William Newton Warren, Dr. John Weaver, James Whaley, John Wilkerson, Benjamin Wilson, William Jefferson Wilson, Uriah Wood, T.W. Yarbrough and James Zachry. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.