Early days in Randolph County, IL, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 8 1/2" x 11" spiral-bound booklet. The 195 page booklet, an excerpt from the hard-to-find 1884 book: Combined History of Randolph, Monroe and Perry Counties, Illinois, originally published by J.L. McDough and Co. of Philadelphia, is printed on 60# opaque paper. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Enlargements of several areas with very fine print have been included to enhance readability. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties, excluding the townships, include: Baldwin, Chester (County Seat), Coulterville, Ellis Grove, Evansville, Kaskaskia, Menard, Modoc, Percy, Prairie du Rocher, Red Bud, Rockwood, Ruma, Sparta, Steeleville, Swanwick, Tilden, and Walsh. Among the subjects discussed are: Physical Features; Railroads; The French Settlers; Other early settlers and their stories; Indian hostilities; Early Mills; Conquest by George Rogers Clark in 1778; Early organization, including a letter from Patrick Henry appointing John Todd County-Lieutenant; Other early government related letters and acts; Lists of lands and who occupied them (with enlargements for easier reading); "Scraps from the records of the period 1795-1809" -- marriages, elections, etc; Tavern/Innkeeper charges; Ferry rates; List of Township officers 1809; Territorial Laws and some interesting cases; Slavery in the county; Public Buildings; Early Marriages (with enlargements); First state constitution convention in Kaskaskia; Heads of Families in 1825 Census; List of blacksmiths, Wagonmakers, Coopers, Tanners, Harness Makers, Shoemakers, Hatter, Tailors, Cabinet makers and turners, and Tinner from 1830 census; Change of county seat from Kaskaskia to Chester; County Court at Chester; Names of many elected officials from the county; Bench and Bar; Newspapers; School history, with names of many teachers, etc.; Patriotism and Wars; Churches; Chester -- its history, businesses, doctors, bank, early residents, including Samuel Smith, John McFerron and others; Kaskaskia -- its history, early parish records, businesses, doctors, Fort Gage, French settlers, former prominent citizens, including John Edgar, William, Robert and James Morrison, Pierre Menard, John Rice Jones, Dr. George Fisher, Shadrach Bond, James Haggin and Sidney Breese; Florence -- prominent pioneers: Stacy McDonough, Jonathon Pettit, John Young, James Milligan, Elisha and Edward Seymour, Christian Beare, Hiram Roberts, and John George Schoeppel; Ellis Grove; Coulterville -- businesses, early settlers including David Cathcart, Hugh McKelvey, John and James Dickey, Hugh McKelvey, James Coulter, and the Woodside family; Brewerville -- early settlers including Ezra and Thomas Owens, Ignatius Sprigg, Dr. George Fisher, James Mudd, Benedict Horrell, and William Hamilton; Prairie Du Rocher and Fort Chartres -- businesses, early settlers including Jean Barbeau, Antoine Louvier, Major Pierre La Compte, Archibald McNabb, Clement Drury, Henry Ker, and others; Sparta -- Businesses, Societies, Agricultural Board, prominent early settlers including Major Andrew Borders, James Patterson, David and Robert Huggins, James McClurken, Samuel Nisbet, and many others; Red Bud, businesses, societies, and early settlers John Whiteside, William Scott, Jarrot Brickey, Samuel Crozier, and Chesley Allen; Baldwin -- Absalom Cox, George Wilson, John Anderson and John Douglas were early settlers; Tilden -- early settlers: James Strahan, John and William McDill, Samuel Boyd, Stewart Burns, William Edmiston, William Chambers; Evansville, including early settlers John Campbell, William McBride, Daniel Hicks, Henry and Elijah Smith; Robert Bratney, James Pollock, Jonathan Chesnutwood, and others; Central -- Early settlers: John Lively, Samuel A. Mann, John M. Beaty, Robert N. Bratney, John B. Wilson, William Weir, David Gerlach, James Thompson, Major Andrew Borders; Steele's Mills -- early miners, David Brown, Gen. Madison Miller, Henry Bierman, Henry Weberling, and John Steele, also Jacob Bowerman, blacksmith, John Layne, Eli Short, Daniel Malone, George Steele, the villages of Steelesville and Percy, and various societies and businesses, including Alma Flouring Mill; Ruma --Some early settlers were Paul Harelston, a Mr. Henderson, William Nelson, Henry O'Hara, Francis E. Harrell, Thomas Mudd, John Vinson, John Baker, Michael Donohoo, James Kennedy and the Simpson family; Blair -- Major John Pillars, William Morris, Samuel Crawford, Alex Campbell, James McFarland, James Hughs, Felix Hughs, Marcus Barnes, William Morris were early settlers; Breemen Precinct and the village of Randolph -- early settlers included Robert Tindall, James McFarland and Joseph Lively; Rockwood -- Businesses, site of French earthwork, settlers including Benjamin Crane and his seven sons, and the Bilderback family; Wine Hill -- Businesses, physical description, physicians, schoolhouse, early settlers, including Benjamin Brown, Jas. M. Houseman, Adonijah Ball, John Stearns, James Gillespie, Fritz Knop, Alexander Barber, Isaac Brown, and James McLaughlin, ; and many more bits of history and trivia.