Early days in Polk County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and personal biographies in this booklet, an excerpt reprinted from the rare 1889 book: History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri , originally published by /the Goodspeed Publishing Co. of Chicago in 1889. The 96-page spiral bound booklet is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. (Booklets for the other counties mentioned in the title are or soon will be available.) Communities mentioned in the booklet include: Bolivar (County Seat), Humansville, Morrisville, Fair Play, Pleasant Hope, New Market, Sac Township, Marion Twp, Jackson Twp, Washington Twp, Morgan Twp, Shelby Twp, Mooney Twp, Van Buren Twp, Miller Twp, Benton Twp, Jasper Twp, Greene Twp, Tyler Twp, Looney Twp, Johnson Twp, Jefferson Twp, Campbell Twp, and others. Topics covered in the history of this rural county in central Missouri include: Physical Description, including Topography, Streams, Geology, Caves, Minerals, Springs, Climate, Agricultural products; First White Settlers; Reminiscences; Public Lands and Land Entries (lots of names); County and Township Organizations; Courts and members of the Bar; Railroads; Medical Profession; Agricultural Society; County Officials; Mexican War; Kansas Difficulties; the Civil War -- 15th Regiment US Reserve Corps, 8th Cavalry, 26th Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia, 15th Missouri Cavalry; Confederate Organizations; Guerrilla Warfare; Towns and Villages -- societies, newspapers, etc; Southwest Baptist College, Morrisville College, Churches; Schools; and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: Besides the many names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Most include parents, spouse, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: Flavius A. Affleck, Capt. James J. Akard, C.L. Allen, Joseph R. Allison, John B. Appleby, Judge Benjamin W. Appleby, G.B. Austin, Alvin A. Ayers, Judge J.B. Barnett, Richard B. Beck, S. J. Blair, Benjamin H. Bond, Hugh Brittain, Henry Brown, John W. Burks, William F. Burnes, C.C. Burrell, John P. Campbell, William Cary, Harry L. Cary, James Clark, David S. Clark, Washington D. Coats, Dr. Samuel W. Cossins, W.R. Cowan, Thomas W. Cunnyngham, James H.W. Cunnyngham, Edward H. Devin, Dr. William G. Drake, Judge Thomas H.B. Dunnegan, M.W. Easley, James B. Easley, Rev. John B. Ellis, Jacob L. Ewing, Morris A. Ewing, Dr. John W. Farmer, Daniel W. Faulkner, Jeremiah M. Fisher, W.N.C.C.A. Fox, Moses Gee, Samuel W. Gordon, Charles H. Grant, Thomas Greer, Dr. G. W. Griffin, Green Hadlock, Jefferson B. Hatler, Henry Ham, Dr. Caleb N. Headlee, William J. Hensley, Rev. Gideon H. Higginbotham, Joseph T. Higginbotham, Dr. Wellington S. Hopkins, Archibald Hopper, Atha Gregory Hudson, W.R. Hudson, John B. Ingram, Col. James W. Johnson, Richard M. Johnson, Dr. Isaac Marion Jones, James H. Justus, William C. Kelley, William H. Kelly, Asa Kerby, John Kim, J.H.H. Kincaid, Nelson N. Kinder, Charles Koch, Edward M. Lappin, Prof. Julius M. Leavitt, Robert N. Leith, A.H. Lewis, Dr. Jefferson Lemmon, John Lightfoot, Henry Lightfoot, Dr. James E. Loafman, William Lower, Capt. Foster J. McAdoo, Joseph McCracken, Henry Clay McCracken, W.H. McGuire, William A. McReynolds, Adam Clark May, Col. Sterling Brown Miles, Dr. John W. Miller, William B. Mitchell, Benjamin W. Mitchell, Austin A. Mitchell, D.A. Murphy, Dr. L.C. Neil, Dr. Elwood S. Odor, Nathan W. Okey, Ira O. Parrish, Jesse R. Payne, John W. Paynter, Prof. John Calvin Pike, Francis M. Pitts, William M. Potts, Alexander Ralph, Henegar Roberts, William S. Roberts, Dr. Joseph F. Roberts, Sebern Sallee Sr, A.F. Shriner, James G. Simpson, James P. Slagle, John M. Smith, J.C. Smith, Alexander Snodgrass, Jasper N. Sperry, Judge Louis Stahl, Francis M. Stewart, Samuel D. Strain, B.F. Teeter, John A. Thomas, Eugene D. Tingle, Harry D. Train, the Tuck family, Henry C. Turk, William Underwood, Charles A. Walters, Dr. John Benton Wann, Lewis Warren, James H. Watkins, John Whillock, LaFayette Wilcox, William O. Wilcoxen, Dr. Michael Wiley, Conaway Willhite, Mrs. E.S. Williams (widow of W.J.), Richard G. Wilkinson Jr, Richard C. Wilson, and Judge James M. Zimwalt.