Early days in Ouachita 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: The Ouachita Valley and River, Cotton, Yellow Pine, and other products, the Quapaw Indians, Explorers including De Soto, Ira Nunn and other early pioneers, Justices, businesses, County organization, county officials, finances, population, Railroads, Camden (the county sear, originally named Ecore a Fabre), Stephens, Bearden, and other communities, Civil War period, Lawyers, Schools, Churches, and Newspapers. 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: Dr. George M. Adamson, J.M. Agee, Philip Agee, William Franklin Avera, Judge Asa Bacchus, C.R. Barham, C.S. Black, E.H. Blake, James Benjamin Bradshaw, Dr. J.N. Bragg, A.V. Bragg, John Branton, J.M. Brooks, Dr. J.W. Brown, Henry Gaston Bunn, John Burton, Jacob Burton, James Campbell, Thomas Carter, James Coleman, William Cox, Thomas Criner, Joseph Criner, Francis Cross, James Culp Sr., Dr. Eli Lide Dawson, Judge J.B. Freidheim, Robert Frix, Prof. W.A. Garner, William Gatling, Henry Good, Henry Grayson, William Green, Julius Greening, William Hale, Sherod Hale, Col. Tom Hardison, Dr. J.T. Henry, Alfred C. Jackson, William Johnson, Henry Jones, James Juniel, C.S. Keith, Robert Lester, S.B. Lide, Jesse McMahan, Dr. John Mahan, William Martin, John Moon, Henry Morgan, Sharon Myatt, Capt. D. Newton, Porter Oglesby, William Pace, John Parker, John Parr, Thomas Patton, Mrs. Mary Patton, John Pearce, Rev. Eli Pharr, John Pharr, James Pickett, Dr. J.W. Perdue, Ephraim Pierce, J.A. Proctor, John Proffitt, Millard Purifoy, W.K. Ramsey, J.A. Reeves, George Ritchie, Ephriam Rogers, Jonathan Rogers Jr., Thomas Rowe, S.Q. Sevier, Miles Sifford, Charles Sithen, J.M. Smith, N.H. Stark, Judge James Stinnett, George Stinson, Tom Thomson, John Thornton, James Toney, John Toney, Newton Tribble, Alfred Tufts, F.M. Wadley, Dr. Joseph Wilson, and Elbert Yarbrough. The WPA section gives a bit of history along with points of interest and a map of southern Arkansas.