Early days in Buffalo County, Nebraska, are recalled through colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this New 42-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: Kearney (county seat), Buda (Kearney Station), Gibbon, Shelton and Elm Creek. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features of the county; Primitive Occupants; Early Settlements and settlers; Organization of the county and early elections; "Firsts" such as the first marriage; Squabbles over location of the county seat; Investigation of Treasurer, James Van Sickle; the Agricultural Society; Progress of the county; Wind Storms and Grasshopper ravages; Schools; Public Buildings; Railroads; County Seat Troubles; Newspapers; Wild west tales of gunfights between cowboys and farmers; the Murder of Milton M. Collins; Failure of the Kearney Bank in 1879; Churches; Lodges and Societies; 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: Kearney -- A.E. Aitken, David Anderson, H.C. Andrews, Rev. Thomas H. Ayars, Winfield S. Ball, John Barnd, Reuben E. Barney, C.F. RBodinson, A.H. Boltin, Edward A. Brawley, W.I. Brown, Charles J. Burke, E.C. Calkins, Chlaus Christenson, C.R. Clapp, A.B. Clarke, Dr. George W. Collins, F.N. Colwell, Casper P. Cornelius, George T. Crissman, G. Henry Cutting, Edward M. Cunningham, R.I. Downing, R.H. Eaton, George E. Ford, Alphonso Gates (with picture of home), Frank L. Gibbs, James E. Gillespie, W.H. Glenn, W.H. Goodrich, L.D. Grant, Charles E. Hanson, J.D. Hawthorne, Richard Hibberd, Francis G. Hamer (with picture), J.M. Hopwood, J.H. Irvin, Louis S. Irvin, Dr. C.A. Jackson, James Jenkins, Francis G. Keens (with picture of home), Gabriel Kramer (with picture of home), John Mahon, John T. Mallaliew, W.W. Mann, T.M. Messick, Elisha Miles, Charles H. Miller, Luman H. More, Simon Murphy, Dr. E.W. Northup, William B. Ogden, Emory Peck, Sehon W. Powers, Thomas C. Roberts, Daniel W. Roe (with portrait and picture of property), Fred Rosso, Samuel L. Savidge (with picture of home), Joseph Scott, John D. Seaman, Rev. W.B. Slaughter, David W. Smalley, George E. Smith (with picture), Sylvester S. St.John, Charles Robert Stimpson, H.L. Strong, Hobart E. Swan, Andrew Swenson, F.J. Switz, I.B. Wambaugh, Rollin C. Ward, E.R. Watson, G.W. Whiteaker, A.L Webb (with picture), Henry A. Wilhelmy and H. Fred Wiley (with picture of home); Gibbon -- S.C. Ayer, William T. Beatty, Benjamin F. Craig, J.H. Davis, David M. Fulmer, Amos D. George, Dr. D.H. Hite, William H. Kelley, James E. Kelsey and Dr. Josiah Slick; Shelton -- Theron F. Allen, Henry S. Colby, Jason R. George, M. A. Hostetler, E.O. Hostetler, Harrison A. Lee, Henry Clay McNew, George Misner, F. H. More, George Mortimer, Edward Oliver, George Smith, John Smith, A.A. Leachey of the Shelton Bank, B.P. Thompson and Charles H. Wood. 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 in 1939.