Early days in Gasconade County, MO, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this booklet, an excerpt reprinted from the rare book: History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford and Gasconade Counties, Missouri, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Company of Chicago in 1888. The 80-page spiral bound booklet is 8 1/2 x 11" and is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. (Booklets on each of the other four counties are also available.) Topics covered in the history of this rural county in central Missouri include: Boundaries, Mineral Resources, Streams, Soil, Saltpeter Caves and other Natural Features; First Settlers -- Isaac Best and his adventures, Henry Reed and others; a narrative of early settlers by E.R. Bowen of Red Bird; Early land entries; County organization; Names of officials; Various County seats through the years; Courts and court cases, including a number of murders and a lynching; the Civil War period with names of officers; Municipalities: Hermann, Morrison, Little Berger, Lange Store, Fredericksburg, Swiss, Stony Hill, Drake, Bland, Leduc, Owensville, Red Bird, Gebler, Oldenburg, Palestine, and others; Businesses, Lodges, Newspapers, Schools, Churches, and other items of interest. In addition to the many names mentioned in the first section of the booklet, there are a number of fairly detailed individual biographies. While these are of primary interest to their decendents, they contain many items of general historical interest, particularly accounts of Civil War activities. They include: Philipp Apprill, Joseph H. Barbarick Sr., Jacob Bareis, William Barner, Frederick Beckmann, William Beckmann, August Begemann, Julius Beiermann, Hermann Bensing, William Berger, Theodore Bergner, Henry Binkhoelter, Simon Boeger (Pictures), William C. Boing, William Braendle, Frederick William Brinkmann, Dr. Francis William Brinkmann, Fred W. Brueggemann, James W. Bullington, George H. Buschmann, Dr. Frank H. Caughell, Squire Christian Danuser, Louis Dieckgraefe, William Doerman, Christian Eberlin, Charles D. Eitzen (picture), George Eppler, Jesse Fitzgerald, Christian Flutsch, Henry Frechmann, Gustave A. Freund, Ernst Gaebler, Dr. Thomas J. Grace, Anton Grass, Gottlieb Grossmann, William L. Heckmann, John Helmendach, Henry Henze, William Herzog, Frederick W. Hobein, Henry Honeck, Dr. M.W. Hoge, Christopher Horstmann, John Humburg, Conrad Humburg, Julius Hundhausen, Fred. W. Hueller, Robert Jackisch, Frank Johnson, Jacob Jordon, John Henry Kahle, Christian F. Karstedt, August Kattelmann, Christopher Kemper, Rudolph E. Kessler, F. Louis Kielmann, William Klee, George William Klenk, Conrad Klinge, Frederick Klossner, Philip Koeller, George Kraettly, Hugo Kropp, Frederick Lalk, William F. Langenberg, August Langendoerfer, Victor Lauer, Joseph Leising, August C. Leisner, Frederick August Loehnig, Thomas J. McMillan, Charles M. Matthews, S.W. Maushund, Gustave Manske, Charles W. Mellies, Henry L. Mellies, Capt. William Meyer, Louis Meyer, Christian H. Meyer, John Henry Meyer, Henry August Meyer, William Miller, Vincent Mueller, Robert C. Mumbrauer, A.B.P. Mundwiller, Gustavus J. Mundwiller, Dr. Edmund Nasse, Charles F. Neuenhahn, Henry Nolte, Fritz Ochaner,Christian F. Oelschlaeger, Christian D. Oncken, Francis Oncken, Louis C. Ott, Albert Pfotenhauer, Michael Poeschel, Melchior Poeschel, William Poeschel, Louis Poeschel, Charles F. Pope, Adolph J. Prudot, Adam Puchta, August W. Reinholz, Andrew Rengeisen, Arnold Rhump, Judge August Riek, Robert Robyn, Joseph Roth, John H. Ruediger, Henry Ruediger, Henry H. Ruediger, Herman H. Rulle, John M. Schaumburg, Louis Schaumburg, John Scherer, Hermann Schlender, Casper Schuebert, Frederick Schuetz, William W. Schulte, John H. Schwarze, George W. Sewell, Capt. Jackson Smith, Hermann Sobbe, Henry Sohus, Hamilton Souders, Abram Souders, Charles F. Spery, William H. Spery, August Spohrer, Dr. G.A. Spreckelmeyer, George Starck, D.F. Stoenner, Henry W. Stoenner, Judge William Toedtmann, August Toedtmann, August Wacker, Anton Walker Sr., Robert Walker, Christopher Weber, Christ Wehmeyer, Christopher Will, J.P. Wiseman, August Wohit, and Gustave Wohit.