Early days in Gallatin County, IL, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and personal biographies in this brand new spiral-bound booklet. The booklet is an excerpt from the hard-to-find 1887 book, History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois published by Goodspeed Publishing Co. of Chicago. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Gallatin, Saline, Franklin and Williamson Counties booklets are also available. The booklet, printed on 60# opaque paper, contains 103 pages. However, because we use a 2-up format on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, it includes over 200 pages from the original book. Among the many subjects discussed are: Location and Boundaries, Topography, Coal and Rock Strata; Soil and Natural Productions; Ancient Salt Works; Indian Mounds; Early Settlement of the County; Troubles with Indians; Land Entries; Slaves and Indentured Servants; Regulators and Vigilants; The attemped murder of Mrs. Prather; Newton Wright, Joe O'Neal and Abe Thomas, notorious kidnappers of slaves; Wild animals and reptiles; Organization of St. Clair and Randolph counties; the Organization of Madison, Gallatin and Johnson counties; a List of county officers; Congressional districts; Members of the state constitutional convention in 1818; Michael Jones' ride to reach the legislature in Vandalia; Election returns; Railroad history; the Agricultural Association; Bench and Bar; Building the jail; the county commissioners court; Location of the county seat; the Circuit Court and several court cases, including some murder trials; Military History; the 18th Regiment, the 6th Calvary Regiment, and the 29th Infantry; Shawneetown; Businesses, Banks, Newspapers; Floods and Construction of the Levees; City Officials; Societies; Other towns -- New Haven, Ridgway, Omaha, Equality, and Bowlesville; Churches and Schools and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Some are brief, but others include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. The biographies include: George D. Barger, J.B. Barger, Joseph Barnett, James M. Bishop, W.J. Boyd, John R. Boyd, T.W.M. Burroughs, Albert Gallatin Caldwell, G.W. Combs, Dr. E.C. Colvard, Silas Cook, John A. Crawford, A.F. Davenport, Rev. Robert Marklin Davis, Joseph Drone Jr., Notley Duvall, Henry Earnshaw, Lieut. J.M. Eddy, Conrad O. Edwards, Judge Ajax Fillingin, J.B. Gates, William Jefferson Gatewood, Richard Gill, Anthony Gross, H. Harrington, Willis B. Hargrave, W.C. Harsha, B.R. Harsha, James H. Hemphill, Henry Hill, Dr. M.S. Jones, Moses Kanady, Lieu. Wash. Kanady, Victor Karcher, D.M. Kinsall, Benjamin Kinsall, William M. Kinsall, R.A. Lamb, Prof. C.J. Lemen, J.J. Logsdon, J.E. Logsdon, William Hick Loomis, Judge Angus M.L. McBane, Edgar Mills, R.L. Millspaugh, James W. Millspaugh, F.M. McGehee, W.S. McGehee, C.W. McGehee, Dr. J.T. McIlbath, Franklin McLain, Fredrick Mossman, John S. Moore, William T. Moxley, Peter McMurchy, J.F. Nolen, I. McKee Peeples, W.A. Peeples, W.S. Phillips, M.M. Pool, George H Potter, James August Rensmann, George W. Rich, John D. Richeson, Thomas S. Ridgway, Carl Roedel, F.H. Sellers, J.E. Speer, Capt. W.H. Stiles, H.C. Strickland, Richard Townshend, L.F. Tromly, George J. vineyard, John T. Wathen, Ellen B. White, Samuel Wiseheart, R.J. Wiseheart, E.D. Youngblood and Christian Zinn.