Early days in Avoyelles Parish, LA, which includes the cities of Marksville and Bunkie, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this brand new 58-page 8.5" x 11" spiral-bound book, printed on 60# opaque paper. The full-color front cover is protected with a vinyl sheet. The book includes excerpts from two hard-to-find vintage publications: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana, originally published by the Southern Publishing Company in 1890, and Louisiana, a Guide to the State, compiled by Workers of the Writers' Program of the WPA in 1941. The history part of the 1890 book includes Early settlers and Early settlements, Physical features, Land claims, Names of slave owners with nine or more slaves, General parish affairs, the Police Jury with names of jurors, Courts and Lawyers, Parish officers, City officials, Political measures, Newspapers, Avoyelles in the Civil War (the Atchafalaya Guards, the Avoyelles Regiment, the Avoyelles Riflemen, the Louisiana Swamp Rifles, etc.), Schools, Railroads, Churches, etc. In addition to the many names mentioned in the history section, there are a number of fairly lengthy biographies of prominent citizens: A.T. Allen, Aristides Barbin, D.R. Bettison, James K. Bond, Alcide M. Bordelon, A.L. Boyer, Dr. John S. Branch, Dr. W.G. Branch, S. Callegari, Clifton Cannon, Dr. J.V. Cantonnet, J.C. Cappel, Max Chamberlain, Judge A.V. Coco, F.B. Coco, E.B. Coco, L.L. Coco, Philogene Coco, Adrien Couvillion, C.P. Couvillion, F. Couvillion, Dr. E. de Nux, Dr. C.D. Ducote, John Ewell, William M. Ewell, Dr. George Edward Randolph Fox, Thomas P. Frith, E. Gauthier, G.B. Genin, A.E. Gremillion, A.M. Gremillion, J.F. Griffin, C. Grimillion, Dr. William David Haas, William Hall, Henry Monroe Havard, Dr. J.A. Hollinshead, David C. Howard, Daniel Bester Hudson, A.B. Irion, Eloi Joffrion, E.J. Jeffrion, J.T. Johnson, H.C. Kemper, A.D. Lafargue, Adolphe J. Lafargue, T. Lemoine, M.R. Marshall, George L. Mayer, Miss Anna E. Normand, Thomas Overton, Dr. C.D. Owens, F.M. Pavey, Dr. A.G. Pearce, S.S. Pearce, M.K. Pearce, William M. Prescott, Dr. L. Rabalais, F. Regard, Dr. Thomas A. Roy, A.V. Sancier, G.H. Stevens, E.R. Tanner, Dr. Leo Chester Tarleton, T.H. Thorpe, J.M. Watson, A.B. West, Prof. Charles Campbell Wier, Robrt Dumville Windes. The WPA book gives a nostalgic glimpse from a 1941 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. The excerpt consists of a small map of the area and tours which include Echo, Tunica Indian Settlement, Hamburg, Marksville, Mansura, Simmesport, Legonier, White Hall, Three Rivers, Cheneyville, Bunkie, Morrow and other area locales .