Early days in Mississippi 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 62-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; John Johnson and other early settlers; Formation of the county and names of early officials; Circuit Court Issues and legal executions; Charleston -- businesses, banks lodges, newspapers, schools; Villages -- Belmont, Ohio City; Lawyers; 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: Scott Alexander, L.H. Allstun, George W. Armer, Noah W. Armer, David Baker, Frank Baker, Thomas Beckwith, Capt. James B. Bibb, Thompson Bird, Stephen Bird, John A. Bird, A.C. Bogard, Dr. A.A. Bondurant, Elijah F. Bradley, Nelson D. Brewer, George H. Bridges, Francis M. Brown (pix), Judge James M. Brown, Morgan W. Bryant, George A. Bryant, George C. Burns, James L. Bush, Willis M. Chapman, Solomon S. Clayton, James Clarkson, Isaac T. Clarkson, Dr. Thomas J. Coleman, Archibald D. Coleman, William Collier, Joseph Crenshaw, I. Albert Crenshaw, Francis M. Crosswhaite, Mrs. Frances M. Daley, Thomas J. Dalton, L.W. Danforth, A.H. Danforth, Robert N. Davis, John T. Davis, John T. Dawson, Robert W. Duncan, Col. H.J. Deal, Edwin P. Deal, Edwin J. Deal, John P. Dever, John C. Farris, Thomas B. Forbs, James G. Forgey, Andrew J. French, James Fugate, Jacob S. Goodin, Franklin S. Goodin, Oliver M. Goodin, James O. Gray, James S. Green, James A. Greer, Martin Luther Greer, John L. Greer, Nathan M. Griggs, Dr. W.F. Grinstead, Rev. Henry Hainesworth, Jacob Hainley, Alfred L. Hall, James W. Harper, William L. Harper, William M. Harris, John T. Heggie, Ferdinand J. Hess, John L. Howlett, Charles J. Hubbard, Benjamin Huff, William W. Humphreys, Charles F. Hurst, Joseph H. Jenkinson, Frank A. Jordan, George W. Kenrick, Robert Langsdale, James A. Lee, John Lett, J.W. Lindsay, William Love, John F. Lynn, Judge Thomas S. McElmurry, Absolom McElmurry, William T. Marshall, Dr. S.P. Martin, Joseph F. Martin, George W. Martin, Mrs. Fannie M. Millar, John A. Millar, John N. Mitchener, Elijah W. Ogilvie, Rev. James J. Presson, Hiram Price, Basil M. Raidt, William N. Randolph, William H. Reeves, Frank B. Rice, William T. Roberts, William Rodney, George Rolwing, Dr. John M. Rowe, John Rushing, Alfred J. Rushing, David Rusk, Joseph G. Russell, James W. Russell, Joseph J. Russell (pix), Joseph R. Shelley, William Sherman, Henry E. Sherman, Dr. A.E. Simpson, Charles M. Slack, William R. Slack, Loyd F. Slack, James Smith, Isaac N. Smith, John W. Smith, James B. Smith, Dr. Hartwell Stratton, Newton T. Strickland, William B. Swank, S.G. Tetwiler, William K. Thompson, Elbert W. Thompson, John B. Thurman, Dr. Jackson L. Travis, Robert W. Turley, Frederick A. Vogley, Robert Vowels, Col. Robert Waide, Joseph F. Watkins, Jesse K. White, Benjamin C. White, James W. Whitsell, Dr. George W. Wilson and Haston Yates.