Early days in Osage County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 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 110 page spiral bound booklet, which measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", 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, gives a nostalgic glympse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Towns and villages mentioned include: Chamois, Linn, Westphalia, Dauphine, Loose Creek, Rich Fountain, Medora, Boeger's Store, Koeltztown, Luystown, Fredericksburg, Cooper's Hill, Feuersville, and McKnight. Topics covered in the history of this rural county in central Missouri include: Physical Description and Resources, including Geology, Topography, Drainage, Streams, Agricultural products, and Statistics; Pioneer Occupancy, including Mound Builders and Indians, Early French Settlers, the American Settlers, the German Settlers, Land Entries and Tax List (both with lots and lots of names); Early Interesting Incidents; Organization, including the locating of the county seat, early court proceedings, Township Organization with names of officials, and Public Buildings; Officers of the county; Roads, railroad, and ferries; County Societies with officers names; Judicial Affairs, including grand jury names, several murder trials, and names of Osage County attorneys; the Civil War, movements in the county involving "bushwacking", etc., and Military units, with some names; Towns and Villages, including origin and growth, businesses, newspapers, government, fraternities, etc.; Educational Interests, including the Linn High School and the Public Schools, and Churches. Besides the many names mentioned in the history section of the booklet, there are a number of fairly detailed individual biographies of prominent residents. Surnames include: Albertson, Anderson, Baumhoer, Becker, Biesemeyer, Boillot, Bonnot, Brinkmann, Busch, Campbell, Childers, Cox, Craig, Dallas, Ernstmeyer, Ferguson, Heyer, Holliway, Hood, Iven, Joachim, Jones, Jordan, Krohn, Lambeth, Laughlin, Leach, Leeman, LeFevre, Luebbert, Lueckenhoff, Mahon, Marquand, Miles, Miller, Moir, Mosby, Muenks, Niewald, Pointer, Radmacher, Rufi, Schlief, Schrader, Schwartze, Speer, Strumph, Vache, Waters, and Wittenbach.