Early days in Stoddard 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 57-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 -- location, size, waterways, minerals; Early Settlers; Formation of the county and names of early officials; Courthouse burning and preservation of records; Court cases, including selling liquor without a license, arson, adultery, a murder involving three physicians and a grizzly axe murder; Dexter -- businesses, newspaper, lodges; Puxico -- businesses and lodges; Bloomfield -- businesses, newspapers, schools; 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: John M. Allen, Thomas A. Arnold, Columbus D. Bailey, C.H. Barham, Joseph J. Barnes, Oliver C. Barrett, Maj. Henry H. Bedford, C.H. Bess, William Joseph Bess, Dr. Felix H. Bilbrey, John C. Blacksher, David A. Bollinger, James E. Boyd, Theodoric W. Boyd, G.N. Broughton, John L. Buck, Milton Capps, Joseph L. Casey Sr., Jacob Cassairt, Stephen Chapman, James Christian, Martin V. Cline, George W. Clodfelter, Quintileus P. Coffman, Delaware C. Colley, John J. Collins, William F. Conyer, Andrew F. Cooper, Walter C. Crews, G.H. Crosser, John B. Davis, Rev. Thomas J. Davis, Leecil B. Day, Risten DeFord, James W. Denny, John M. Denny, Dr. James H. Dodson, Thomas N. Doherty, William P. Dowdy, William Durham, Judge Stephen Elliott, George W. Ellis, James Y. Evans, David C. Fortner, William S. Galloway, Jesse L. Garner, Judge Zachariah Goforth, William C. Gray, Alexander Gregory, Thomas A. Hale, Joseph A. Hambleton, I. Himmelberger and Co., John W. Harbin, Thomas M. Harper, William C. Harty, Marshel H. Henderson, Henry M. Hendley, James Hibbs, Capt. Henry W. Hickman, John A. Hickman, Dr. A.D. Hill, J.M. Hobbs, William T. Hopper, George Houck, Joseph Howell, John M. Hunt, William J. Hux, Rufus B. Jones, Dr. Robert J. Jackson, Ligon Jones, Louis C. Jorndt, A.A. Jorndt, Col. C.L. Keaton, Frederick H. Kruse, Martin Larsen, Elisha H. Launius, Rev. David Lewis, Joseph Guild Lewis, Maj. George J. Ligon, William G. Lincoln, Judge Bedford B. Lockard, John McMellan, Dr. Stephen A. Mayfield, J.N. Miller, John Mitchell, William P. Moore, James W. Morgan, Giles Jasper Nation, Nicholas G. Nation, John Newcomer, S. Albert Norrid, R.P. Owen, Dr. John N.M. Page, Henry A. Palmer, John M. Paslay, George W. Patterson, Manning S. Phelan, Simon Poe, Lawson Proffer, Moses Proffer, P.P. Reed, W.P. Renner, Pleasant M. Rhodes, Dr. J.S. Richardson, Dr. Daniel A. Richmond, Richard J. Rolston, Jesse S. Shands, Samuel C. Scism, John D. Shoemate, Dr. David M. Simmons, Thomas Simmemon, Jonas Welborn Sitz, James W. Smith, Mrs. Angeline Sparr, Hiram M. Stacy, William Stiford, Henderson Story, William H. Sutton, Thomas M. Swindell, John Teidrick, Thomas J. Toole, Martin Tropf, Thomas J. Ulen, W.J. Ward, E.M. Weber, Edward Weber, Daniel E. Welch, Capt. William L. White, James H. White, George S. White, Jacob L. Williamson, Nicholas M. Willis, William C. Wilson, Alexander Wilson, and P.G. Wilson.