Early days in Henry County, IL, are recalled in this NEW 108 page spiral bound booklet, an excerpt from the hard-to-find 1885 book: Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois, published by Biographical Publishing Co. of Chicago. The booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Despite the name of the source book, this booklet includes neither portraits nor biographies, although many names of early residents are mentioned. The booklet contains information on the following communities: Dayton, Richmond, Geneseo, Morristown, Cambridge, Annawan, Atkinson; Woodhull, Galva, Cleveland, Kewanee, Lynn Center, Opheim, Osco, Morristown Colony, Alpha, Bishop Hill Colony, Bishop Hill, Orion. Among the many subjects discussed are: Indians, Political Descent; the Pioneers, a list of 43 "firsts" plus some other early noteworthy events; the sad life of Mrs. Pollock and the Bishop Hill Colony; Early doctors; Acts of the County Commissioners; Five different County seats; A Jailhouse fire from which a prisoner rescued his own indictment; Early county officials; Legal History (with names of many officials); Bench and Bar; Various Newspapers; "War for the Union" (Civil War) with names of companies and some officers mentioned; Railroads -- Chicago, Burlington and Quincy RR, Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific RR; and Peoria and Rock Island RR; Crime, including a bank robbery and two "shocking" murders; and the Old Settler's Society. One section of the booklet lists the 1858 Board of Supervisors, followed by brief but often colorful histories of the townships: Alba, Andover, Annawan, Atkinson, Burns, Cambridge, Clover, Colona, Edford, Cornwall, Galva, Geneseo, Hanna, Kewanee, Lynn, Loraine, Munson, Osco, Oxford, Phenix, Weller, Western, Wethersfield and Yorktown.