Early days in Hempstead County, AR, are recalled in this 85-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: History of the county; its natural resources, location, soil and timber, water supply, and temperature; Elijah Stuart, Abner Moren, and other early settlers; removal of the Choctaw Indians; county organization; temporary and permanent seat of justice; county officials; an early grand jury; noted attorneys, courts, county buildings; railroads, newspapers, churches, schools; Washington, county seat at the time the material was written; Hope, county seat today; Other towns, including Bingen, Columbus, Fulton, and others; 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: William Adams, William Thomas Anderson, Henry Austin, William Baird, Capt. Albert Baird, M.M. Baxter, William Beaty, William Beene, Capt. Stephen Benson, R.H. Betts, William Black, Dr. Thomas Booker, Frank Bostick, E.C. Bowden, Thomas Boyett, Larkin Breed, Joseph Breed, Dr. W.A. Briant, Capt. C.A. Bridewell, John Brown, George Emmet Bryant, S.W. Brundridge, Dr. Henry B'Shers, James Butler, Judge Alfred Carrigan, Dr. Samuel Carrigan, Gray Carrigan, W.H. Carruth, James Chambless, William Clark, Edward Clingan, Robert Compton, Judge Joel Conway, Maro Cooley, Dr. W.R. Crossett, Col. J.R.H. Cummings, Henry Daniel, A.P. Dyke, Will Eakin, John Eley, James Ellis, Capt. B.F. Forney, W.Y. Foster, P.C. Frederick, J.M. Garner, F.B. Garner, Major Samuel Gibson, John Gilbert, David Goodlett, Dr. B.G. Hancock, F.B. Hannah, A.J. Hawthorn, James Hendrix, Capt. Henry Holman, J.T. Holt, James Holt, David Holt, Albert Honeycutt, James Hubbard, W.A. Jett, William Johnson, A.L. Johnson, W.H. Jones, Rufus Justus, Dr. S. King, Green Kitchens, Col. G. Knobel, C.G. Laseter, William Leslie, Rufus Leslie, Calvin Lewis, J.T. Lewis, James McCollum, Dr. Thomas McLarty, Valentine McMonigle, Daniel Martin, Z.T. Mayton, Albert Mendenhall, W.J. Miles, David Montgomery, H.W. Moses, A.J. Nichols, John Parker, G.R. Phillips, Hillery Powell, W.A. Prather, Dr. A.L. Purdom, James Purtte, John Reed, W.A. Rhodes, W.P. Richardson, Dr. Robert Roberson, A.J. Robins, Capt. Charles Royston, Dr. J.B. Sandefur, William Scoggin, Rev. J.B. Searcy, Thomas Simms, Thomas Smith Jr., George Smith, John Stephens, Robert Stuart, William Stuckey, Capt. G.W. Taylor, William Thompson, John Todd, J.L. Tullis, John Vickers, Levi Volentine, William Wallace, J.F. Ward, John Ware, S.R. Watson, Christopher Columbus Webb, Capt. J.T. West, John Westmoreland, Peyton Whaley, James White, Silas Williams, Robert Brady Williams, Col. James Williamson, J.B. Willson, Major J.R. Wimberly, Dr. J.R. Wolff (picture), Dr. Virgil Wood, and Prof. Joseph Wootton. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.