Early days in Prairie County, AR, are recalled in this spiral bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from the 1889 book, Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, and a product of the WPA, Arkansas, A Guide to the State, published in 1941. The 77-page booklet is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The first part of the booklet contains a brief history of the county: Formation of the county, early settlers, the Civil War and its aftermath, county officials, agriculture and industry, the City of , etc. 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, 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: A.L. Aydelott, Philip B. Baugh, James J. Baugh, Christian Bechler, Capt. Jacob G. Becton, G.W. Belcher, Andrew Jackson Bowman, C.L. Bowman, James W. Brians, Luther Brink, William H. Brock, David Brockway, William E. Eaton, James T. Brown, Fred E. Brown, David J. Burks, Dr. James W. Burney, Joseph W. Caskey, M.M. Clark, B.J. Collins, William Cook, Joshua Davis, Richard Dinsdale, Dobbins and Collins, James M. Dorris, Adolph Driehaus, W.T. Edmonds, Martin M. Erwin, Ambrose, Albert L. Erwin, Dr. B.W. Flinn, F.H. Fransioli, David Gates, Dr. W.R.J. Gibbon, J.W. Grady, Thomas F. Greer, J.A. Harr, John R. Harshaw, A.J. Henricks, James W. Highfill, Dr. W.W. Hipolite, H.W. Holmes, Simeon Horne, William A. Horne, F.P. Hurt, B.R. Jenkins, Henry C. Jewell, Dr. B.F. Johnson, John R. Johnson, Charles F. King, John W. Knauff, Dr. William Lee, William B. Lumpkin, Prof. Hugh McQ. Lynn, Robert C. McCarley, James R. Mallory, Dr. Stephen R. Mason, W.E. Maxwell, S.A. Minton, William L. Moore, Edwin Moore, Dr. W.P. Owens, Dr. A.C. Parrish, L.M. Peak, J.M. Perry, J.E. Perry, John W. Pettey, Dr. George E. Pettey, Capt. Augustus M. Reinhardt, Abel S. Reinhardt, George J. Reubell, W.H. Richards, Robert E. Richardson, J.M. Richardson, F.M. Robinson, James M. Rooker, J.B. Sanders, William D. Shock, J.D. Sparks, Hugh S. Stephenson, Jefferson Stratton, Frank Stratton, John Henry Taylor, Col. Nicholas B. Thweatt, J.G. Thweatt, Gen. William A.E. Tisdale, Dr. J.M. Van Zandt, Judge Horace P. Vanghan, F.P. Wells, Dr. David N. White, William L. Willeford, B.S. Willeford, Dr. W.F. Williams, Rudolph Wintker, and E.F. Wylie. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest for the county and nearby area.