Early days in Perry 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 60-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; Early settlements; the Tucker and Moore families and other early settlers, largely Catholic Kentuckians; Formation of the county and names of early officials; the first grand jury; the Murder of Mary Layton and other crimes; Martin Stephan, a "knave and a hypocrite" who led a group of German Lutherans to Perry County in 1839; the town of Perryville -- businesses and newspapers; Altenburg, Wittenburg, Longtown, and other villages; 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: Drury Abernathy, Logan McCarver Anderson, Prof. Werner Asche, Peter V. Beauvais, John P. Bergmann, Joseph Felix Bey, Prof. George M. Beyer, Maurus Biehle, Joseph Blechle, William Blechle, Frederick Boehme, Gregory Brewer, Judge Robert Milton Brewer, George Brewer, Judge Robert Varner Brown, Joab W. Burgee, James Burgee, Henry T. Burns, William Cambron, A.H. Cashion, Casimir Chappuis, James T. Christian, Vincent Cissell, Lewis Cissell Sr., Henry Corse, J.B. Davis, Rev. D.L. De Ceunynck, Ceran F. De Lassus, Joseph R. De Lassus, Louis C. De Lassus, Jules Denizet, James H. Difani, William Andrew Difani, John Dippold, John C. Doerr, Louis Doerr, William J. Drumtra, Joseph Duerr, Francis Duvall, W.P. Faherty, Robert Y. Farrar, John C. Farrar, Douglas C. Farrar, Dr. Florence Feltz, Clement J. Fenwick, John Z. Fenwick, William Furth, Frank J. Geile, Henry M. Geile, John F. Geile, F.E. Goehring, Andrew Gorman, Alexander Grass, James T. Greenwell, James Grimaud, Rev. A.G. Grimm, Louis Guyot, J.W. Hart, Rev. Joseph C. Hembree, John Hof, Peter Hoffman, Augustine S. Holster, Thomas Hooss, John Hooss, Louis P. Hooss, Henry Huber, Andrew Huber, Joseph F. Huber, Robert H. Hudson, John A. Hughey, Anton Hunt, Henry G. Kiesler, John M.A. Killian, Charles A. Killian, William Klemp, Andrew Klump, August Klump, John Kuennell, Charles F. Lawrence, Maj. Felix Layton, Thomas H. Layton, William Litsch (pix), Gabriel Lottes, William A. Lueders, August Lueders, Stephen L. McAtee, John C. McBride, Charles J. McBride, Leo Manning, Henry Markwort, Auguste Mercier, Stephen Miles, William Victor Miles, Bernard Modde, Francis X. Moll, Ignatius Moore, Thomas F. Moore, Thomas J. Moore, Joseph V. Moore, Ambrose J. Moore, Basil Moore, Lawrence S. Moore, James Moranville, Anson H. Morey, Dr. David Morton, John P. Munch, Pancratius John Muench, John V. Noell, George Neubeck, Henry C. Oliver, Sebastian Olivar, Henry G. Palisch, Charles Palisch, Thomas L. Phillips, Theo Picou, Henry Pingel, John C. Popp, Claude U. Prost, Alban Prost, Henry F. Quick, John Rauh Jr., Edward Robb, Thomas W. Robinson, Thomas B. Sanders, William Sandler, Martin Schamel, Raymond Schindler, Joseph Schindler, Clement Schindler, Anthony H. Schindler, Casper Schlatman, G.F. Schmidt, Thomas Seemes, Dr. Reuben Shelby, William H. Shoults, Francis S. Smith, Richard Swann, Charles Thieret, Oliver Thorpe, Lewis Thorpe, James F.Tucker, Nereus Tucker, Simeon S. Tucker, Leo P. Tucker, Emanuel Urban, Venantius Van Eeckhoute, Henry Verschelden, John L. Vessels, John F. Walker, Rev. James M. Warren, Dr. Robert C. Waters, Charles A. Weber, Weinhold family, Joseph G. Weinhold, Prof. J.H. Welp, Walter S. Wilkinson, William R. Wilkinson, Robert M. Wilson, Mathias Wukasch, Simon Yount, and Ferdinand Zoellner.