Early days in Madison County, MO, are recalled in this booklet, reprinted from excerpts from three rare books: Goodspeed's 1888: History of Southeast Missouri, The State of Missouri (1904), and Missouri, a Guide to the "Show Me" State, a 1930s WPA project. The 44-page spiral bound 8 1/2" x 11" booklet, is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. The 1888 history covers the early development of this area and includes bios of prominent citizens. The 1904 book, written in connection with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, gives a brief overview of the county at that date. The WPA excerpt takes a look at the area from a 1939 vantage point, including ihistorical notes, as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Topics covered include: Physical features -- mountains, water sources, minerals; Mining -- copper, lead and granite; John Calloway and other early settlers; Formation of the county and names of early officials; Court actions, including cases involving hog stealing, multiple murder and lynching; Fredericktown (originally St. Michaels) -- businesses, newspapers, lodges, and schools; Marquand; Attorneys; and other bits of history and trivia. Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Most are fairly lengthy, and often include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities. In the course of this they often shed light on the early businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: Napoleon B. Allen, Josiah M. Anthony, James B. Anthony, Edward D. Anthony, Dr. Caruthers A. Anthony, Robert A. Anthony, J.P. Bailey, Rufus Baird, Ahira J. Beardsley, Hiram Berry, Nathaniel J. Berryman, David Brewen, Robert A. Buckner, Anton P. Budenholzer, Thomas P. Buford, Samuel Buford, Benjamin Benson Cahoon, Richard Paul Callaway, Alfred Campbell, O.K. Clardy, George Cook, Henry Cook, Dr. J.L. Covert Sr., Robert P. Crow, E.H. Day, Christopher C. Dennis, James G. Donnell, Thomas F. Estes, James F. Fox, Prof. J.L. Frohock, Charles Fuller, John C. Gibson, Daniel L. Glaves, Judge Elijah Lee Graham Felix G. Gregory, Henry C. Hacker, Thomas N. Horn, Mordecai A. Jackson, Nehemiah Johnson, J. Perry Johnson, William Kassabaum, Reuben E. Kelly, Thomas Walker Lewis, Andrew J. McFarland, Edwin W. Marshall, Christopher C. Masters, John J. Mathews, Joseph T. Monell, William Newberry, Alexander Nifong Sr., Thomas O'Bannon, V.A. O'Bannon, John M. Owens, Edward Peringer, Samuel Peringer, Herman Priggel, Rev. Levi W. Revelle, King David Rhodes, Rev. John Rothensteiner, Joseph Schulte, Frederick Schulte, John L. Settle, John Starkey, John H. Townsend, Francis Marion Tucker, Dr. Louis J. Villars, Judge John Vinson, N.B. Watts, Julius Webb, Thomas F. White, Daniel Whitener, Henry Whitener, Noah T. Whitener, and John B. Wilson.