Early days in Adams County, Nebraska, including the City of Hastings, are recalled in this New 50-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. Some of the places mentioned in the booklet include: Hastings (county seat), Inland, Juniata, Ayr, Kenesaw, Millington, Ludlow, Hazel Dell, Mayflower, Kingston, Morseville and Rosedale. Among the many subjects included are: physical features of the county, such as the Little Blue River; early settlers, such as Mortimer Kress, known as Wild Bill, and Jerome Fouts, better known as California Joe; Indian troubles; Organization of the county with the names of early officials; two instances of homicide; First death in the county and other firsts; Railroads; Manufacturers, newspapers, and Banks; Spirited competition over the location of the county seat; County poor farm; Grasshoppers; Agricultural society and other societies, often with names of officers; Farmers Alliance; Public Schools and Churches; Fire Department and Telephone Exchange; and other items of interest. The booklet contains biographies of many prominent residents. While primarily of interest to descendants, these often contain clues to the area and the times. Biographical sketches are given for: Hastings -- John M. Abbott, Samuel Alexander, John J. Anstrom, R.D. Babcock, John F. Ballinger, Silas M. Bates, Robert A. Batty, Fred. J. Benedict, A.W. Binderup, M. Birney, Fred H. Blake, Harry Brooks Borley, Burdick Hutton, Ambrose S. Campbell, Charles Cameron, Samuel Chancy, Benjamin Clark, Delavan S. Cole, George Crane, George W. Dade, Jesse H. Darnell, Lafayette Dominy, Jacob Fisher, Joseph N. Fountain, T.M. Foulks, Peter Fowlie, M.W. Freeman, Frank M. Frink, J.E. Gant, Rev. John W. Greenwood, L.J. Halsted, J.W. Harris, Levi P. Hawley, James B. Heartwell, Rev. S.H. Henderson, David H. Holmes, Hiram E. Houghtaling, F.P. Hoyt, O.C. Hubbell, William Hudson, Jacob Huf, George T. Hutchinson, John G. Iddiols, A.B. Ideson, John C. Ideson, John Jackson, Svend Johnson, Bartholomew Kernan, James Laird, Herman Lepin, Miles K. Lewis, Davis Lowman, W.H. Lynn, James W. Marquis, Robert McClellan, William R. McCully, David M. McElhinney, Miss Lucy A. McFadden, M.M. McGrew, Rev. John H. Mize, John G. Moore, R.R. Morledge, Edwin N. Noyes, Isaac M. Norton, Oswald Oliver, F.L. Pade, L.B. Palmer, C.H. Paul, Frank Phillips, Gustavus D. Pierce, John Plank, George H. Pratt, Richard Rainforth, John J. Haymaker, C.B. Riggs, Charles C. Rittenhouse, L.A. Royce, James K. Sample, Joseph Scales, Joseph R. Sims, James Simeon, Henry W. Skinner, Benjamin F. Smith, Dr. Adams H. Sowers, C.B. Sperry, Rev. Jeremiah D. Stewart, N.V. Stine, Horace C. Thatcher, Jacob Thomas, L.H. Tower, Robert B. Tussey, J.H. Van DeMark, Myron Vanfleet, Andrew Veith, N. B. Vineyard, James Walling, S.J. Weigel, Martin F. Wallace, Jacob Wooster, John J. Wemple, George F. Wilkin, Alfred Woolman, and Abraham Yeazel; Juniata -- Winfield Ackley, John E. Adams, E.M. Allen, Peter Anderson, Robert Ash, Anson S. Austin, A.H. Brown, Judson Burwell, Spencer W. Clark, Albert V. Cole, William B. Cushing, Ira G. Dillon, David H. Freeman, M.K. Hutchinson, William L. Kilburn, Columbus A. Lane, J.W. Liveringhouse, Wilson D. Murray, James Newell, Lorenzo F. Picard, Samuel J. Shirley, Gurdon G. Sill, Jacob Swift, Le Grand B. Thorne, Frank E. Wilson, George Walker, and George Watkins; Ayr -- Samuel A. Bookwalter, James E. Bovard, Eli M. Burton, A. True Dyer, Gordon H. Edgerton, Thomas Edgington, Melville B. Foote, Albert N. Hall, Christian Koehler, W.W. Phar, James Ritcheson, Oliver C. Rogers, James S. Way, M. Weinberg, and A.L. West; Kenesaw -- H.D. Einsparr and John G. Hayzlett; Hansen -- W. L. Baker, John G. Honeywell, James McGregor and Jacob Smith The final part of the booklet contains a brief excerpt from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA. It includes a special section on Hastings, with a map and 8 points of interest.