Early days in the tri-county area of Boone, Merrick and Nance, NE, are recalled through colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this NEW 38-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: BOONE COUNTY: Location and natural features, agriculture, water power, communication, county schools, political organization, the Burlington and Missouri War, County officers, Early history, Indian scares, Albion -- history, schools, churches, societies, newspapers, hotels, business, St. Edward -- history, local institutions, Cedar Rapids; MERRICK COUNTY: Description of area, Early history, Crimes and casualties, a list of "firsts", county organization, a list of the first 27 voters in the county, First court case, Grasshopper invasion, communication, schools, Central City -- churches, newspapers, societies, banks, mills, Clark's-- history, churches, Silver Creek -- history, church, Chapman -- history, businesses; NANCE COUNTY: Natural features, boundaries, resources, early settlements, county organization; schools, communication, Fullerton -- history, schools, churches, newspapers, societies, business interests, Genoa --history, schools, churches, newspapers, societies, business interests. Besides the many names mentioned in the history portions 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: BOONE COUNTY: Albion -- James S. Armstrong, Manly B. Boardman, Samuel P. Bollman, D.F. bothwell, Bronson and Hamilton, Dr. George E. Brown, Loran Clark and Co., Luther Clark, Loran Clark (pix), Rev. A.A. Cressman, Will B. Daniels, C.F. Deffenderfer Joseph Hamilton, Rev. J.A. Hungate, Dr. D.A. Lewis (pix), Mann and Peck, John G. Mackay, Thompson F. Martin, W.A. Mears, W.J. Nelson (pix), C.A. Oblinger, John Peters, Hiram Rice, J. Watson Riley, Dr. James Russell, F.M. Sacket, Dr. J. Henry Smith, F.B. Tiffany; Beaver Precinct -- Joel Berry, Edward Dwyer, Capt. Robert Hardy, Rittel and Laudeman, M.J. Thompson, Capt. Alexander Voorhees; Cedar Rapids -- Dr. E.A. Guillemot; Cedar Precinct -- F.P. Andrews, George W. Brown, Dennis Tracy, Joseph Wysong; Plum Creek Precinct -- H.F. Snider and Co.; Boone Precinct -- B.K. Smith; MERRICK COUNTY: Central City -- E.B. Aldrich, Nelson Barnes, J.T. Biggs, E. Bockes, J.G. Brewer, D.W. Brinkerhoff, F.A. Craig, Otto Foster, E. Hanson, C. Hostetter, H.B. Millard, Joseph N. Osterlind, N.R. Persinger (pix), Harrison W. Persons, J.R. Ratcliff, Q. B. Skinner, C.A. Stitzer, I.S. Tyndale, James Vieregg, W.H. Webster, S.C. Wheeler, Dr. J.B. Whittaker; Clark's -- George C. Agnew, George Foster, F. George Sr., A.A. Honey, R.T. Maxwell, W.R. Morse, Davis Richardson, M.T. Rowland, Major F. Sweet; Silver Creek -- Crawford and James, L.K. Hills; Chapman -- J.J. Gallogly, D.L. Greiner, A. L. Havens, H.H. Goodwin, John L. Martin, Dr. J.E. Morrill; NANCE COUNTY: Fullerton -- Friend J. Brown, Thea F. Elliott, O.D. Fitch, I. R. Fuller, S.J. Harmon, N.C. Judson, M.S. Lindsay, George D. Meiklejohn, J.N. Reynolds, S.L. Sturtevant, James W. Zibbell; Genoa -- Dr. C.S. Barnes, L.F. Ellis, H.P. Smith, D.A. Willard. 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 eight points of interest.