Early days in Lafayette and Nevada Counties, AR, are recalled in this brand new 90-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: Lafayette --Formation of the county in 1827; New Lewisville and Canfield, vying for the county seat when this history was written; County officials; Attorneys; Civil War period; Railroads; Churches; Schools; Nevada -- Organized in 1871 with Rosston as the county seat; Prescott, chosen county seat in 1877; County officials; Schools, Cours and attorneys; Murders and executions; Civil War conflict called the Battle of Prairie De Anne on April 11th, 1864 in what is now Nevada County; Towns and villages, including Prescott, Preston and others; Businesses and newspaper; the Little Missouri River; Lumber, agricultural products and livestock; railroad, 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: Lafayette County -- John Black, William Travis Bowden, Thomas Butler, Dr. J.E. Chisholm, William Connevey, J.P. Cooper, George Dobson, Calvin Fish, Capt. Richard Ford, Milton Fort, James W. Glasgow, James B. Glasgow, Zachary T. Halton, B.R. Harrel, W.D. Harrison, J.B. Herndon, Thomas Higgs, Robert Howell, A.S. Johnson, William King, Jesse Lee, Clint Le May, Marion Lester, William Lewis, John Lewis, William McClendon, Robert Moore, W.L. Nance, Hilliard Olive, Boyette Fleming Olive, James Olive, Dr. J.C. Parrish, William Pillburry (picture), Dr. John Powell, Charles Ravenscraft, Joshua Reed, Alexis Scott, John Shuler, Abraham Smith, John Randolph Stegall, Samuel Jackson Steger, Joseph Taylor, William Vaughn, and Dr. J.P. Youman; Nevada County -- Thomas Alsobrook, John Ansley, Dr. W.E. Arnold, Samuel Arrington, Harvey Barham, Hezekiah Barksdale, Green Blake, T.H. Boswell, James Brown, John Bryson, William Calhoun, Samuel Cantly, Lewis Carlton, Thomas Caulder, Capt. George Christopher, Reuben Compton, Thomas Curtis, Dr. J.W. Daly, John Davis, Elijah De Laughter, Philip Dewoody, W.Y. Foster, Eli Frisby, John Gardner, Rufus Garland, Dr. James Walker, R.R. Garland, John Gill, Oscar Gordon, Z.T. Grayson, Christopher Hamby, Eugene Hatley, Thomas Hawkins, Lee Hendrix, James Hendrix, Willis Herring, Jefferson Monroe Hodge, Ed Hood, John Hudson, Oliver Jones, John Jones, Andrew Jones, B.F. Lane, J.W. Lightsey, B.H. Logan, Lindsey McCraw, William McDaniel, O.R. McDaniel, Colen McKinzie, William McLelland, Robert McNeely, James Marlar, John Marsh, William Marsh, Dr. George Marsh, Elmore May, James Mayes, Warren Miller, J.A. Milwell, William Moore, William Malcom Munn, W.R. Munn, William Nance, J.A. Nelson, Guy Nelson, Dr. Charles Norwood, Martin Ollson, Capt. John Parker, John Jefferson Pelt, Jeremiah Pittman, John Portis, Thomas Potter, Newton Price, John Purifoy, L.C. Purtle, James Reason, James Sanders, John Shrieves, George Smoote, W.A. Snell, H, Stainton, Col. William Steele, Benjamin Steele, G.W. Terry, W.H. Terry, Jason Tyson, George Vaught, Joseph Walthall, Thomas Watts, John Weaver, James Weaver, Dr. Joshua Weaver, John Wilson and Dr. A.D. Wren. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.