Early days in Howard and Pike 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: Natural Resources, Location, Soil and Products, Waterways, Geology, Timber, County Organizations, County officials, Early settlers, Early businesses, Secret Societies, A Negro uprising in 1883 in which several persons were killed; Several other instances of murder, hanging, escape, jail burning, mob violence, etc.; the Civil War period, Schools, Churches, Secret Societies, and Newspapers, Nashville, the county seat of Howard County, Centre Point (former county seat), Mineral Springs, Greenville and Saratoga; Murfreesboro , the county seat of Pike county, Royston, Stellville, Nathan Village, Rock Creek, New Hope, etc.; 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: Howard County -- Barnwell Anderson, H.N. Baker, James Barefield, Judge John Bell (picture), John Bishop, W.H. Briggs, S.R. Briggs, James Burgess, John Cheatham, George Clark, Mrs. Maria Click, Robert Click, John Nelson Collins, George Copeland, Dr. J.S. Corn, John Coulter, Capt. D.C. Cowling, Joe T. Cowling, W.K. Cowling, Dr. William Dickinson, John Dillard, Stephen Downs, Dr. Thomas Jefferson Draper, Henry Epperson, George Faulkner, William Feazel, Jackson Forgy, Wade Forgy, Asa Forgy, Walter Fricks, Turner Fricks, John Fricks, Brasos Gilbert, Pleasant Gillean, H.S. Goodlett, Iverson Goodwin, Joseph Gosnell, Lewis Graves, G.G. Graves, Henry Green, Daniel Grounds, Dr. N.C. Hancock, John Hester, John Hill, James Hill, Flavius Holt, E.E. Hudspeth, John Hughes, W.R. Hughes, Col. Augustus Hutchison, Dr. D.A. Hutchinson, James Hutchinson, James Jackson, Dr. Thomas Jacques, Rev. A.D. Jenkins, James Johnson, Thomas Jones, Samuel Kelley, Thomas Kennedy, James Lane, William Latimer, W.J. Lee, W.D. Lee, Nathan Levi, G.V. Littlefield, John Littlefield, Henry Logan, J.T. Logan, T.J. McClendon, Dr. A.M. McCrary, George Martindale, James Millwee, T.M. Moncrief, Rufus Morgan, R.D. Neal, James Norwood, Franklin Parker, R.H. Parker, Thomas Parrish, Benton Pate, James Pinkerton, Lewis Poe, Oscar Pope, James Price, John Props, George Rector, Jesse Rector, Samuel Reeder, William Reese, S.B. Reese, J.J. Roberson, William Rodgers, Gen. Robert Glenn Shaver, James Shaver, Fountain Shepherd, Franklin Smith, John Somervell, John Spates, Francis Stone, Henry Sutton, W.C. Sypert (picture), Thomas Toland, Daniel Tollett, William Turner, Daniel Turrentine, John Van Dyck, James Wallace, Mack Watkins, Frederick Watson, Hardy Westbrook, William Whitmore, Emanuel Williams, D.D. Womack, J.G.W. Yowell, and James Yowell; Pike County -- Dr. William Alford, P.H. Baker, Joel Barnes, William Beene, D.S.P. Black, Alonzo Madison Bowen, George Brock, Moses Brock, William Buckner, J.O.A. Bush, Henry Carter, Benjamin Clement, Joel Conway, Isaac Cooley, J.T. Cooper, L.S. Corbell, John Davis, Samuel Dean, James Dunn, R.M. Forester, Allen Gentry, Lee Giles, John Gilleylen, William Gould, James Hamilton, Jonathan Hankins, Abner Henderson, John Hipp, F.P. Hughes, John Kelly, Warren Kelly, William Kizzia, Frank Lee, Tim McBrayer, Judge W.N. McClure, Millard Mauney, A.D. Meeks, John Meeks, Dr. D.J. Oldham, Owen Owens, Augustus Palmer, A.W. Parker, J.D. Pickett, J.T. Pollard, John Rountree, R.F. Smedley, Thomas Stevens, John Stevens, A.A. Stell, Charles Stelle, William Stroope, Loderick Sullivan, John Talbott, W.B. Thomasson, James Thomasson, Dr. N.T. Thomasson, Prof. Joseph Thomasson, John Thompson, George Trout, Samuel Wall, John Warren, John Wagner, Thomas Watson, Dr. Willis Watson, Caswell Willett, Willie Wilson, William White and John White. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.