Early days in Ashley County, AR, are recalled in this 66-page spiral bound booklet, 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. The first part of the booklet contains a brief history of the county: Ashley County formed from Drew County; County and Circuit Courts; Grand Jurors; Attorneys; An incident of mob rule and lynching; County officials; first settlement and early settlers; Judge William Willis, a colorful leader in the community, J.B. Savage, Mark Fleming and the Rev. Jimmie "Jawbone" Shelton, who never accepted pay for his preaching; Physical features and location; water; Lumber industry; Soil; Hamburg, the county seat; Poplar Bluff, second largest town; Secret societies; Lawyers, Schools, Churches, and Newspapers; 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, 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: Andrew Allen, Hogan Allen, Wade Allen, Christopher Allen, C.H. Andrews, Dr. H.L. Anthony, Thomas Atkin, James Bain, Thomas Baldy, Ben Bell, Dr. Roderick Bethune, Marquis Boyd, William Brooks, William Butler, Willis Cain, W.J. Cammack, John Carnahan, W.F. Chiles, Dr. E.J. Christian, Capt. J.P. Clark, William Cochran, Joshua Cone, A.D. Cone, G.W. Cone, R.L. Cone, Henry Crook, Frank Daniel, Jesse Dean, Rufus Denson, R.C. Dew, W.J. Dew, John Downey, William Evans, James Franklin, John Franklin, George Franklin, Joseph Gee, Gaston George, Dr. Robert George, Joseph Gilliam, Rev. R.S. Gladney, David Grant, T.M. Hamlet, John Harris, William Harris, Benjamin Harville, James Hawkins, Marcus Hawkins, James Hill, Jason Hill, J.R. Hill, John Hollaway, F.M. Hudgens, W.M. Johnson, Robert Jefferson Kinnaird, William Ladd, Judge William Lawson, Dr. W.H. Lindsey, William McCombs, Jacob McDougald, J.B. McDuffie, John Maxwell, Dr. Ben Moore, John Morris, W.H. Murphy, Josiah Murphy, George Norman, W.N. Nutt, Daniel Owen, F.C. Parker, John Pryor, John Pugh, John Pyron, Robert Radford, John Ramsaur, George Richardson, Thomas Shelton, Dr. F.L. Sherrer, Dr. John Simpson, Samuel Smith, Dr. Robert Staton, F.A. Switzer, Robert Y.H. Terry, E.L. Thomson, Robert Tucker, John Van Gilder, Richard Walker, James Wheeler, Jake Whetstone, Burell Willis, William Whittow, Columbus Wolfe, Edward Woolard, William Woolridge, A.B. Wood, and Rev. John Wood. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.