Early days in Pemiscot 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 39-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; Gayosa, an early settlement and early settlers; Caruthersville; Formation of the county and names of early officials; Courts; Guerrilla gangs during and after the Civil War; the murder of Mrs. James Atkinson and her son; 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: John T. Averill, Joseph Bader, Judge Robert Belson, John M. Bigham, Rev. George William Boon, W.A. Boon, Bailey Brooks, James Franklin Brooks, William C. Brooks, Joseph Brasher, William Budde, Andrew Jackson Bush, John F.M. Campbell, Maj. George W. Carleton, Luke Cassidy, George L. Coleman, Henry P. Coleman, Samuel T. Cross, David Henry Culp, George W. Curtner, Thomas D. Curtner, William W. Darrity, J.N. Delashmutt, Judge Richard E. Dillingham, Sidney H. Dowd, George William Dowdy, Marshall G. Dudley, Samuel Allen Everright, William R. Fields, Judge Charles W. Fisher, John J. Fisher, Aladdin C. Foust, Patrick Fowler, Henry Clay Garrett, Newberry Gibson, Thomas B. Gordon, Thomas J. Green, Martin Luther Grymes, John Hartwell, John Henderson, David Glen Hendrick, Leonard C. Hickerson, Ransom Hicks, William H. Hudgens, Jesse Huffman, John W. Jacobs, James L. Johnson, John W. Jones, William A. Joplin, A.E. Ketcham, Henry W. Kimberly, J.B. Latshaw, Francis M. Lester, James D. Long, William F. McArthur, John C. McClanahan, Wiley Ralph Massey, John M. Michie, John M. Miller, Rev. Robert Marcelles Morgan, Canaday T. Moseley, George M. Nolin, James Riley Orton, Curtis I. Popham, Daniel Rohrer, Martin Luther Stancil, James Franklin Rowe, Hina C. Schult, George W. Seten, Judge Stephen H. Steele, Leonidas L. Steele, Henry Stephens, James Stewart, Nicholas J. Teror, Jesse M.N. Thompson, Dr. Quincy Adams Tipton, William A. Ward, Richard Crockett Warren, C.P. Wells, William W. Wilford, Judge Henry J. Wilks and Dr. Thomas E. Young.