Early days in Wright County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this NEW 131 page booklet, an excerpt reprinted from the rare 1889 book: History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri. The spiral bound booklet is 8 1/2 x 11" and is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Boone Township, Brush Creek Township, Clark Township, Elk Creek Township, Gasconade Township, Graff, Grovespring, Hart Township, Hartville (part) (County Seat), Macomb, Mansfield, Montgomery Township, Mountain Grove (part), Norwood (part), Pleasant Valley Township, Union Township, Van Buren Township, and Wood Township. Topics covered in the history of this rural county in central Missouri include: Physical Features -- Zinc and Lead Ores; Tornados, Floods and Hail Storms; Wildlife; Population; Early Settlers and Land Entries, with many names; trial of the Slickers, a vigilante group; Marriages between 1856-65, with a sample service; Slavery Days; the County Court Proceedings; County Buildings; Political Affairs; Elections; Transactions of the Circuit Court, including divorces and murders; Civil War Activities, at home and away; List of the "taxpayers" of 1861, including soldiers from both armies; Schools; Newspapers; Churches; Societies; Municipalities -- Hartville, Mountain Grove, Mansfield, Norwood, Cedar Gap, etc.; 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 fairly detailed 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 biographies include: James B. Adams, John B. Agee, Barney Amick, James Archer, John Barnes, Dr. D.L. Benson, George W. Calhoun, James A. Claxton, Samuel Coday, Henry Coday, James H.B. Cope, J.A. Cover, S.H. Cover, Argus Cox, E.H. Davis, Rev. W.S. Dennis, G.M. Dennis, George M. Douglas, F.W. Duggan, Thomas Duncan, W.C. Ellis, Paul Ellis, Andrew J. Farmer, James Forrest, Dixon F. Gourley, Dr. Samuel F. Grubb, R.H. Hanson, Isaac L. Hart, Rufus L. Henderson, Thomas F. Henslee, M. G. Hensley, J.A. Hight, Anderson Hogue, D.W. Hoover, W.H. Hopper, Benjamin F. Hudson, H.E. Inman, William Johnson, Rev. Peter Lair, Dr. Thomas Lane, J.A. Lee, William H. Lynch, J.M. McKee, James. J. McMullin, Thomas Jefferson Mansfield, T.H. Marshall, H.C. Miller, William C. Mings, Thomas J. Montgomerie, William L. Murrell, Thomas H. Musick, Dr. Lewis E. Musick, Mrs. Mary Newton, Jeremiah Newton, Mrs. Mary J. Nichols, William C. Odell, W.W. Oliver, R. Boone Palmer, T.H. Patterson, John T. Pope, S.E. Pope, Joseph P. Raney, J.W. Rippee, Mrs. Nancy Robinett, J.H. Robinett, G.H. Roote, Andrew Ross, A.J. Rudd, Rev. John A. Russell, Samuel O. Shields, James A. Simpson, Mrs. Margaret Smith, J.C. Spence, Edward H. Stewart, S.T. Talcott, James A. Tate, John Turner, Marion Ward, W.H. Wells, Moses White, J.W. Williams, Dr. I.S. Wilson, F.R. Worsham, Brown Wyatt, Pleasant Wynne, Mrs. Julia Wynne, Mrs. A.M. Young, and E.B. Young.