Early days in the tri-county area of Antelope, Pierce and Madison, NE, are recalled through colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this NEW 34-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 topics included are: ANTELOPE COUNTY: Topography, geology and natural resources, Early Settlements, Indian Troubles, Military experiences, Indian relics, Organization of the county, County seat, Railroads, Retarding Influences to progress, Crimes and casualties, Oakdale -- history, newspaper, Oakdale Seminary, Grand Army of the Republic, Neligh -- history, early settlers, church, Gates College, newspaper, societies, other towns including Burnett, St. Clair, Clearwater, Willowdale, Glenalpine, Clear Spring, Orchard, Jessup, and Frenchtown. MADISON COUNTY: Description, Early Settlement; Indians, County organization, Railroads, Crops, Norfolk -- officials, businesses, churches, newspapers, Madison -- history, early settles, churches, businesses; Battle Creek, and other towns; PIERCE COUNTY: Natural features, settlements, county seat and organization; the towns of Pierce, Plainview an Colberger. Besides the many names mentioned in the history portion of the booklet, there are biographies of many residents. While primarily of interest to descendants, these often contain clues to the area and the times. Where pictures are included (pix) follows the name. Biographical sketches include: ANTELOPE COUNTY: Oakdale -- B.F. Admire, F.H. Le Due, O.P. Hurford, D.A. Holmes, Albert Johnson, Charles F. Huntington, S.S. King, Thomas Kryger, E.P. McCormick, S.S. Murphy, G.C. Palmer, Judge I.N. Taylor, R. Wilson; Neligh -- C.F. Bayha, Edward S. Butler, Cheney and Adams, D.V. Coe, F. Fischer, W.C. Gallaway, Judson Graves, N.D. Jackson, William Lambert (pix), Thomas O'Day, P.D.S. Romig, A.F. Wilgocki; MADISON COUNTY: Norfolk -- Carl Asmus, Dr. Alex Bear, A. Bigelow, Dr. D.R. Daniel, L. B. Donaldson, George B. Fletcher, Herman Gerecke, C.S. Hayes, Haskell and Sattler, Samuel W. Hayes (pix), B.W. Jones, J. Koenigstein, Charles Mathewson (pix), Charles P. Mathewson, J.S. McClary, John E. Olney, A.P. Pilger, J.G. Pollock, C. Selah, Dr. F Verges, F. Wegener, W.H. Widaman, Frank Welch, A.N. Yost; Madison -- W.J. Barnes, F.W. Barnes, Phil Bauch, H.E. Becker, Dr. S.J. Bridenstine, P.A. Clark, L.W. Findeisen,, Herman Fricke, F.W. Fritz, William Gerecke, F. Hoffmann, H.D. Kelly, Rev. William E. Kimball, C. Neidig, E.F. Prince, W.M. Robertson, William T. Searles, H.G. Seigel, M.C. Scott, A.H. Steele, James Stuart, J.J. Sherlock, F.W. Wolf, A.C. Tyrrel; PIERCE COUNTY: Pierce -- Charles A. Apfel, J.H. Brown, Dr. J.P. Buckner, William B. Chilvers, William Hall, Robert S. Lucas, H.R. Mewis, G.W. Pugh and E.P. Weatherby. The final part of the booklet is excerpted from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State. It includes a separate section on the city of Norfolk with a map and 8 points of interest.