Early days in De Soto Parish, LA, which includes the City of Mansfield, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this brand new 66-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 its resources, productions, topography, geological notes, streams, pioneers, slave owners, establishment of the parish, transactions of the police jury, the bar and courts, politics, military memoranda, journalism, agriculture, railroads, the college, Mansfield, Keatchie, Logansport, Grand Cane, Pleasant Hill, Oxford and other settlements. In addition to the many names mentioned in the history section, there are a number of fairly lengthy biographies of prominent citizens: Capt. M.H. Alexander, Noel P. Baker, Dr. M.M. Bannerman, William B. Benson, E.R. Best, John W. Bradford, Joe R. Brown, J.W. Chaffin, C.C. Chatham, J.H. Cowley, Dr. W.N. Cunningham, A.J. Du Bose Sr., Capt. O.L. Durham, Devereaix J. Ferguson, Joseph Oscar Flores, William R. Fonville, William W. Frazier, S.J. Frierson, Dr. William S. Frierson, Alfred M. Garrett, R.T. Gibbs, S.W. Greening, William P. Hamilton, Mayor W.C. Hardy, W.W. Harrington, A.P. Harris, John E. Hewitt, C.B. Hicks, L.H. Huson, A.F. Jackson, John Jackson, W.R. Jackson, B.F. Jenkins, Walter Johnson, I.F. Jones, Joseph King, John J. Long, Oliver Hawes Marshall, James G. Marshall, Hugh A. Matthews, Henry N. Mize, Dr. William X. Moseley, William G. Mosley, John H. Nabors, James W. Nolan, S.A. Pegnes, James M. Peyton, W.B. Peyton, Capt. John W. Pitts, Paul M. Potts, Benjamin B. Powell, John T. Prude, Louis M. Rambin, Middleton Hale Rembert, Marmaduke Ricks, Dr. A.V. Roberts, John C. Ross, Charles Schuler, Dr. S.J. Smart, W.C. Spilker, C.T. Spilker (Spilker Bros.), H.A. Storey, George H. Sutherlin, James L. Terrell, Dr. J.F. Walker, Dr. Joseph Edward Wall, Joseph Williams, J.E. Williams, J.M. Williams, T.J. Williams Jr., G.B. Williams, Boykin Witherspoon, and Charles S. Youngblood. 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 tour with brief stops at McCoy, Rodessa, Stonewall, Keatchie, Grand Cane, Mansfield, Mansfield Battle Park, , etc., along with a small map of the area.