Early days in Morgan County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 220 page booklet, reprinted from the rare 1889 book: History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri and Missouri, a Guide to the "Show Me" State, a 1930s WPA project. The spiral bound booklet is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. The 1889 history covers the early development of this area, while the brief excerpt from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Communities mentioned in the booklet include: Versailles, the county seat and major town, and the villages of Reedsburg, Excelsior, Florence, Syracuse (originally Pacific City), Proctor, Gravois Mills, Akinsville, Glensted, St. Martin's, Boyler's Mill, Barnett, Cape Galena, Pyrmont, Bebra, and Stover. Topics covered in the history of this rural county in central Missouri include: Physical Description, including Topography, Streams, Soil, Caves, Minerals, Mineral Waters, the Alum Well, and Agricultural products; the Osage Indians, "Harmony Mission Trace," First White Settlers; Land Entries; Customs; County Organization, including Township divisions; Public Buildings; Judicial Affairs, including a pair of murder cases; the Civil War and Military units, with some names; Versailles, including origin and growth, fires, businesses, newspapers, fraternities (with many names), etc.; Small towns and villages; Public and Private Educational Institutions, including the Versailles Institute and Akinsville Normal and Commercial Institute; Churches; "the Wheel", a secret cooperative for farmers; Elected officials (many names); Railroads; County Finances; the Great Marshfield Cyclone and other bits of history and trivia. In addition to the many names mentioned in the first section of the booklet, there are a number of individual biographies. While these are of primary interest to their decendents, they contain many items of general historical interest, particularly accounts of Civil War activities. The Surnames include: Adams, Alfter, Anthony, Argenbright, Arnold, Banks, Beale, Berkstresser, Bohling, Bowers, Bridges, Briscoe, Bryan, Buck, Burford, Burns, Calfee, Campbell, Clark, Clifton, Cline, Comp, Damph, Daugherty, Davidson, Davis, Dornan, Dougherty, Earnest, Ensminger, Estes, Fish, Freebairn, Frisch, Fuegner, Gibbs, Goddard, Goodman, Gwynn, Hatler, Harker, Hawks, Hays, Hubbard, Hunter, Igo, Inge, Inglish, Joachimi, Johnson, Jones, Kavanaugh, Kyle, Lampton, Leib, Long, Lumpee, Lumley, McCarty, McCoy, McDaniel, McDow, McDonald, McFaddin, McNair, Manning, Mayfield, Mees, Mobley, Moore, Parsons, Petty, Phillips, Pointer, Porter, Potter, Price, Richardson, Riffle, Ripley, Ross, Sanburn, Sanford, Schad, Sears, Sims, Snodgrass, Sommerhauser, Soraghan, Spurlock, Stephens, Stover, Talbott, Thurston, Tillett, Todd, Villmoare, Wagenkuecht, Wallace, Weltmer, Williams, Willson, Woods and Wright.