Early days in Butler County and Polk County, Nebraska, are recalled through colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this New 41-page spiral bound booklet excerpted from the rare 1882 book: History of the State of Nebraska, originally published by the Western Historical Co. of Chicago, and Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State, a 1939 project of the Federal Writers of the Works Progress Administration. The booklet is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the full-color front cover. Among the many subjects included are: BUTLER COUNTY: Physical character of the county; Early History; Early explorers, settlers and Indians, including Gen. John Fremont; Firsts -- birth, marriage and death; Organization of the county, County statistics; Roster of County officers; Schools, Railroads, Historical incidents, including a "bloodless war", a prairie fire, a grasshopper plague, and a trial of some Indian braves for murder; David City -- city officials, schools, churches, societies, and newspapers; Other towns, including Ulysses, Rising City, Brainard, Bellwood, and Savannah; and other items of interest; POLK COUNTY: Physical features of the county; Organization and Official Roster of county officials, School and property statistics, Osceola -- businesses, newspapers, schools, churches, secret societies; and brief precinct histories. The booklet contains biographies of many residents. While primarily of interest to descendants, these often contain clues to the area and the times. Biographical sketches include: BUTLER COUNTY: David City -- Fountain H. Angle, Ayres and McCollom, William G. Baston, Riley V. Beach, James Bell, DR. Ezra Bufkin, William M. Bunting, capt. Archabell F. Coon, Stephen Clingman, Frank Davis,Samuel N. Drew, John W. Eggner, James R. Fenlon, John W. Gross, Adam Hall, Joseph A. Harr, Charles E. Heweit, Allen Jillson, Henry W. Keller, Edward E. Leonard, James S. Maloy, Eli r. Manley, Matt Miller, Dr. Thomas J. Murphy, Fred W. Paddock, Dr. G. H. Peebles, Hubbell Pepper, Benjamin O. Perkins, Solomon Perkins, Jacob Reinhardt, George W. Reynolds, Jake C. Robberts, Willis T. Richardson, Louis Smith, Frank A. Snow, Eugene B. Taylor, Wilson A. Wells, Albert Wilde, William H. Westover, Lorenzo D. Wilgus, Henry Will, Eugene Wright, and Jacob C. Wunderlich; Ulysses --Edward Cooper, William D. Cox, William Crosby, Frank Dean, D.C. Harrison, Dr. Robert S. Hirsch, Henry Hoppe, Charles A. Howe, Gilalmous McCarty, George Miller, Hiram H. Miller, Hans Nelson, James B. Pardoe, James M. Palmer, George Reed, Robert Reed, Richard M. Sibbert, Adam E. Spurck, William H. Stone, Lewis Swanson, Dr. S.T.W. Thrapp, and Mc D. Towner; Rising City -- Mrs. Anna E. Bruce, Wright W. Catlin, James W. Combs, Alex P. Day, Dr. F. Engelhard, Stephen W. Ferguson, Erasmus Grubb, James O. Hurd, Ambrose H. Jones, John C. Pazton, Samuel W. Rising, Albert W. Rising, Col. Aurelius Roberts, William N. Thomas, Edmund Thelen, Charles E. Verity, Day O. Verity, Lucius A. Warren, and Frederick E. Wilson; Brainard -- Albert H. Ashald, James D. Brown, Charles Fledman, John R. Fox, Albert M. Fleek, John Groves, Warren E. Jacobs, William C. Jones, Thomas Logan, Mathew B. Morgan, Samuel S. McElvain, and Benjamin F. Showalter; Bellwood -- Jesse D. Bell, Dr. Samuel L. Brown, Charles W. Derby, Joseph H. Derby, John E. Kellogg, John W. McDonald, Capt. Miles Warren, and William L. Warren; Rural Addresses -- James P. Dunlap, David R. Gardner, David Read, and Clark Sterns. POLK COUNTY: Osceola -- Charles W. Aikins, Herbert T. Arnold, Rev. Simon Barrows, Lewis A. Beltzer, Henry C. and Ada M. Bittenbender, Lyman J. Blowers (pix, pix of home), Benjamin F. Buffington, John F. Campbell, George H. Carmine, John Eckert (pix of his hotel), David Foy, Sluman M. French, Edward W. Havey, Daniel W. Huffman, Rev. Chester C. Humphrey, Alexander N. Jay, I.F. Kelley, Edwin L. King, George W. Kinyon, Charles W. Kyle, William E. Loring, Henry Mahan, G.M. McConaughy and Brother, Calmar McCune, John H. Mickey (pix, pix of home), Dr. Holly M. Mills (pix, pix of home), John B. Mitchell, Jonas F. Monson, William J. Mossholder, Myers Bros., Samuel G. Pheasant, Rev. James Query, Horace A. Scott, Francis A. Schoula, Levi L. Snider, Henry B. Thompson, Horace G. Thurman, Owen Wilson, Simeon O. Whaley, and Joseph M. Woods; Precincts: Valley -- Charles R. Clark and Robert Curren; Platte -- Guy Beebe, Capt. William T. Dodge and Philander C. King; Charle; Stromsburg -- Buckley Bros., John B. Buckley, Berg and Castile, Andrew V. Carlson, Olof Headstrom, Lewis Headstrom, Nels F. Peterson, Jacob P. Smith, Ephraim F. Smelser, John Van Horn, Ferdinand F. Vogel, and Joseph D. Woods; Canada -- William A. Snider; Hackberry -- Edward Pl Scull; Pleasant Home -- Lewis H. Cohoon. The booklet contains a brief excerpt from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State concerning Oceola and Stromsburg.