Early days in Ste. Genevieve County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data 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 52-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 an overview of the county at that date. WPA excerpts take a look at the area from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes. They include a special section on the City of Ste. Genevieve with 18 points of interest and a small street map. Topics covered include: Location, waterways and mineral resources; Formation of the county and names of early officials; Early settlements; Ste. Genevieve District; Phillip Francis Renault; Mining; the old village of Ste. Genevieve; the Valle family, the St. Gems family, John and Israel Dodge, Lewis F. Linn, and other early residents, many of whom were from France; the social affairs of French women pioneers; early murders and duels; Legal talent in southeast Missouri; the town of Ste. Genevieve -- river transportation, importance in the early days when it was bigger than St. Louis, first newspaper, the Ste. Genevieve Academy with names of trustees; the town of St. Marys 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: Joseph Bader, William H. Bantz, Frederick Bartels, Christian Baum, William Baumstark, Charles H. Biel, Charles Blackledge, Frederick Bolle, John M. Boyd, William H. Boyd, Albert A. Boyer, Theodore P. Boyer, William V. Brown, R.V. Brown Jr., Andrew F. Bryson, Charles Burgert, Ellis J. Burks, Judge Adolph P. Carron, Dr. Charles F. Carssow, Jesse M. Coffman, Caleb Cox, Dr. Joshua B. Cox, William F. Cox, David Ditch, Mrs. Augustus C. Dodge, Charles F. Drury, Jules C. Drury, Joseph A. Ernst, Mrs. Theckla Falk, Francis C. Faller, James Field, Joseph Flynn, Charles W. Hamm, Charles A. Herter, Dr. Charles S. Hertich, Dr. Charles J. Hertich, Lewis R. Hinkle, Joseph Hoffman, M. William Hoffman, Henry Hohmann, Judge Roman Huck, Frank J. Huck, Anton Hunold, George Hurst, Francis L. Jokerst, Charles C. Jokerst, Gottlob Kammerer, Housand Kenner, Mathew Klein, Dr. Richard F. Lanning, J.B.C. LeCompte, Emile C. Lelie, Daniel Loida, Joseph Loida, Edward L. McClanahan, Mrs. Augustine Menard, Ferdinand N. Moser, Edward Mueller, Louis Naumann, Dr. William P. Newman, Andrew Oberle, Louis Obuchon, Henry Okenfuss, John O'Shea, Mrs. Wilhelmina Peterson, Gottlieb Rehm, James A. Rigdon, Valentine Rottler, Gen. Firmin A. Rozier, Charles C. Rozier, Felix Rozier, Henry L. Rozier, Frank Scheuring and Son, Richard Schultz, Henry S. Shaw, Henry L. Siebert, Charles Staab, Capt. Gustavus St. Gem, Anthony Sucher, John Tiapek, S. Fulton Thurman, Michael Vieh, Nicholas Wehner, George Wehner, Joseph Weiler, Rev. F.X. Weiss, John W. Whitt, William W. Wilder, Fredrick Wunning, and William M. Ziegler.