Early days in Wayne 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 42-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; Joseph Parish, Thomas Ring, the Logan family, the Bettis brothers, and other early settlers; Organization of the county and names of early officials; Early courthouses, Murder trials; Communities -- Greenville, Piedmont, and other towns; Newspapers, 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 C. Adams, John M. Alexander, William D. Allard, David J. Allen, John G. Allen, Dr. John L. Allison, William Bennett, C.A. Bennett, John H. Bennett, Richard E. Buehler, George W.H. Butler, John T. Butts, S.H. Carson, Zedekiah Cattron, George W. Cook, William Creasy, G.W. Creath, O.D. Dalton, Adam H. Dalton, E.J. Dalton, Wiley Daniel, Joseph Davis, Washington Davis, Adam J. Duncan, Mrs. Martha Ann Duncan, Thomas C. Durham, W.F. Eads, Noel A. Estes, Frank Farrell, James D. Faulkner, William R. Frederick, John Garrison, Alfred C. Graves, William R. Green, Jacob A. Gross, Rev. William H. Hale, Patrick Harmon, S.A. Harris, Henry Helm, Prof. H. Augustus Hovis, A.C. Hughes, John Hunter, Matthew N. Ijames, Jackson Ing, Frederick M. Johnston, Hiram W. Jones, Alexander S. Jones, Joseph L. Kelly, Wallis Kirkpatrick, A.T. Lacey, Capt. W.T. Leeper, William S. Linville, John K. Lowrance, Thomas C. McCorkle, Dr. J. P. McFarland, J.B. McGhee, Henry Y. Mabrey, Oliver H. Mador, Clark Mann, A.B. Martindale, Rev. George W. Mitchell, William H. Morgan, Charles Morgan, Daniel Moore, Robert L. Moore, John E. Morris, Abel J.F. Moser, Matthias M. Myers, Timothy O'Keefe, George R. Patterson, Josiah Payne, Reuben H. Perkins, Mrs. Esther C. Pigg, Pinckney L. Powers, David F. Rhodes, James A. Rhodes, John F. Rhodes, Mathew L. Rhodes, James B. Robinson, T.L. Roussin, Lafayette Rubottom, Dr. John P. Sebastian, Andrew J. Seabaugh, E.P. Settle, William H. Shanks, Rev. David Sheets, Francis M. Shipton, W.F. Short, Lysander Sloan, W.R. Smith, Finis A. Stephens, Peter Stilts, John G. Swezea, Rev. Alson G. Twidwell, Dr. G.W. Toney, Rev. Luther M. Wagner, John H. Walker, Yancy Ward, Meshach Ward, William Warmach, Peter F. Wells, Adolph Wesche, Francis E. Whitener, John M. Wilkinson, W.B. Wilson, John W. Wilson, Francis M. Womack, James E. Wynn and Joel Yancey.