Early days in Cleveland and Dallas Counties, AR, are recalled in this brand new 111-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 each county: Description, History of Dorsey County (original name of Cleveland County), Natural Resources, Location, Soil and Products, Waterways, Geology, Timber; County Organizations, County officials; Early settlers, Early businesses, Schools, Churches, Secret Societies, and Newspapers; the Civil War period -- including the ambush at Mark's Mill in Cleveland County and a battle at the ferry in Princeton in Dallas County; Cleveland County Towns -- Toledo, Rison, Kingsland and Dallas County Towns -- Tulip, Princeton and Fordyce; 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: Cleveland County -- William Ashcraft, James Atkins, Curtis Attwood, Rev. Joel Baggett, William Barnett, Sidney Barnett, John Breathwait, Ben Brewer, Judge James Bridges, Robert Carpenter, William Carmical, Dr. Thomas Chowning, Thomas Clements, James Crook, Jonathan Davis, H.C. Draughon, Silas Sanders Dykes, Dr. George England, Capt. Levi Fritts, Calvin Graves, William Hagins, John Hall, Milton Hargus, William Hallis, Capt. N.D. Holmes, Rev. William Hopson, James Hopson, Judge Jesse Johnson, Edmund Kendall, Joseph Kendrick, Dr. Louis Leali, George Lochridge, Judge James McCaskill, Thomas Jackson McElheny, Col. Elisha McMurtrey, G.G. Mallett, James Marks, George Meriwether Marks, Evan Marks, James Edgar Martin, William Matlock Sr., G.A. J. May, Benjamin Moseley, Jabus Mosley, Woodson Mosley, D.R. Mullis, Dr. C.D. Niven, J.J. Norton, Rev. John H.W. Overton, L. Norman Pinckard, Charles Reap, John William Reed, John Reed, J.T. Renfrow, Dr. Joseph Robertson, Willis Roebuck, H.W. Rogers, Alex Ross, James Rucks, William Sadler, Capt. James Smith, John Sparks, John Stewart, John Swift, James Thomas, Dr. David Thomasson, Dr. Talbot Bulge Tims, George Tolson, William Trucks, William Varnell, Leonard Waldrop, William Watts, Isaac Williams (picture), John Wilson, and John Wynn; Dallas County -- Lewis Amis, James Amis, Edward Atkinson, John Barrett, Hiram Bennett, Rev. Jesse Browning, Judge Wiley Bunn, James Butler, Capt. E.P. Chandler, Richardson Cheatham, Neil Clark, William Daniel, Judge Robert Dedman, Benjamin De Laughter, Col. M.M. Duffie, Capt. David Feaster, Thomas Fortune, Capt. John Goodgame, Major William Harley, William Head, William Henry, Zachariah Higgs, Dr. John Hodge, Dr. A.S. Holderness, William Horton, Rev. Thomas House, Augustus Kendrick, La Fayette Lockridge, John Mann, William Marshall, Col. Robert Martin, Dr. Moses Mitchell, John Nutt, Dr. E.H.M. Parham, William Pearson, Judge Thomas Peterson, William P' Pool, William Proctor, Spirous Rogers, Capt. A.S. Russell, Robert Sisson, Pleasant Smith, Judge Samuel Smith, David Sorrells, William Stell, Robert Stone, P.H. Thomas, William Wallace, William Walsh, Dr. John Waters, John Welch, Dr. P.W. Wood and Oliver Wozencraft. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.