Early days in Hickory County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and personal biographies in this illustrated 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. This new 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. Communities mentioned in the booklet include: Hermitage, Wheatland, Quincy, Preston, Cross Timbers, Weaubleau, Pittsburg, and Elkton. Topics covered in the history of this rural county in central Missouri include: Physical Description, including Topography, Streams, Soil, Caves, Minerals, Resources, and Agricultural products; Statistics; the Osage Indians, First White Settlers --Judge Neihardt, E.F. Halbert, the Vandevers, Judge Joseph C. Montgomery, Samuel Judy, Mrs. S. Lollar, John Graham, the McCracken brothers, Archibald Cock, and others; the Turk-Jones Affray -- a bloody feud in the early 1840s that reads like a wild west epic; , Land Entries (lots of names); Pioneer customs, County Organization, including Township divisions; Dispute over location of the county seat; the "slicker" Isam Hobbs; the Courts and Notable Cases; Vigilanties; Public Buildings; County officials; the Civil War and the desolation it brought; Towns and Villages -- societies, newspapers, etc; Education; Churches; 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: Frederick Bandel, August Bandel, William S. Barnett, William Y. Bennett, Henry G. Bliss, William Bradshaw, Dr. Henry C. Brookshire, E.T. Condley, M.H. Cooper, J. H. Childers, Dr. A.C. Curl, J.H. Davidson, Samuel Valentine Dean, William Dollarhide, Peter J. Erickson, Judge James M. Gardner, Samuel W. Gerster, A.M. Halbert, William D. Harryman, Levi Hartman, Judge William C. Hickman, Edward B. Huffman, M.C. Jenkins, Frederick Kern, E.M. Kerr, Rev. P.S. Lehmann, Capt. W. H. Liggett, G.W. Lindsey, Lycurgus Lindsey, Judge Benjamin L. Mallonee, Frank Mieler, Dr. J.W. Mowell, Alexander Murphy, Naffziger and Mosser, David Naffziger, Judge Moses N. Neihardt, T.J. and E. H. Noland, Dr. James R. Pack, Amos M. Paxton, W.S. Pickett, James A. Pine, Nathan K. Pope, Uriah Proctor, Judge Thomas F. Robinson, Newton B. Sherman, Jefferson B. Shoemaker, Jacob P. Stoll, James T. Wallen, Dr. G.N. White, Dr. J.W. White, Pleasant H. Wilson, and Francis Marion Wilson.