Early days in the four-county area of Burt, Cuming, Stanton and Thurston (formerly Blackbird), NE, are recalled through colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this NEW 52-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: BURT COUNTY: Location, natural features and agriculture; the Omaha Indians; Hard times; Organization of the county; Tekamah, the county seat -- history; the villages of Arizona, Riverside, Decatur, Alder Grove, Oakland, Lyons, and Bancroft ; CUMING COUNTY: Description; Water Power; Early Settlement; Organization of the county; Schools; Communication; West Point, the county seat -- fire department, schools, churches, newspapers, hotels, societies, manufactories, businesses; Wisner -- early history, churches, societies, business; Bancroft; STANTON COUNTY: Natural features; Early history; "firsts"; Organization of the county; Communication; Schools; Stanton, the county seat -- early history, town site, school, newspapers, churches, societies, business; Pilger; THURSTON COUNTY: An article by Cecil Boughn, written in 1940; the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska; BLACKBIRD COUNTY (Original name of Thurston County) -- The Omahas, Agents at the Reservation, Missions, Schools, The Winnebagoes. 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: BURT COUNTY: Tekamah -- C. Astor, C.E. Bardwell (pix of business), G.P. Brookings, Robinson Carr, G.A. Crannell, John Driscoll, B.R. Folsom (pix), George Frank, Isaac Gibson, William N. Haywood, L. Hoffman, James King, John D. Mann, W.H. Marshall, W.W. Latta (pix), J.P. Latta (pix), Dr. D.L. McLaughlin (pix), Austin Nelson, M. Olinger, A. Palmquist, E.L. Parmelee, P.F. Peterson, J.R. Reed, W.B. Roberts, E. Shafer, N.J. Sheckell, T.G. Sheckell, T.G. Smith, J.R. Sutherland, R.A. Templeton, George P. Thomas (pix), J.R. Thomas, A.A. Thomas, W.B. White; Arizona -- M.V. Austin, William B. Beck, Benjamin L. Bean, W.N. Buck, John L. Burpee, L.H. Burpee, A.N. Corbin, Samuel D. Cornelius, John Denny, J.F. Ellis, John Fees, A. H. Gates, John A. Goodwill, M.M. Harney, Goerge C. Latta, Jonathan Lydick, H.C. Lydick, Elisha McGuire, W.W. Mason, W.B. Newton, Peter Reinert, M.L. Reyman, P.L. Rork, Jesse Spielman, H.S.M. Spielman, J.H. Stork, Samuel T. Story, F.L. Snyder; Decatur -- James Ashley, W.B. Atwater, George E. Atwater, C.B. Barlow, E.D. Canfield, Charles R. Dakin, W.E. Drury, Henry Fontenelle, F.E. Lange, Capt. S.T. Leaming, Henry Marsh, Ira Thompson, Thomas Wood; Bell Creek Precinct -- Joe Bayer, David Clark, W.A. Clark, William S. Craig, Andrew Struthers; Oakland -- John P. Anderson, John G. Arthur, F.W. Barns, A. Beckman, A.B. Charde, F.J. Fried, Samuel Fried, W.L. Handy, Robert Hanson, James Hanson, John S. Lemmon, J.S. Loveland, L.J. Malmsten, John L. Nelson, Watson Parrish, W.E. Peebles, John G. Preston, Fred Renard, John P. Rosen, Dr. R.H. Rust, J.J. Stubbs, Ira Thomas, F.A. Wallerstedt; Lyons -- O.S. Comar, Fremont Everett, Franklin Everett, R.S. Hart, L. Kryger, E.R. Libbey, W. Lyon, J.F. Piper, John Riesche, Joel S. Yeaton; CUMING COUNTY: West Point -- Maurice S. Bartlett, Otto Baumann, D.W. Clancy, Z.A. Crowell, T.M. Franse, David C. Giffert, Charles Harting, C. Hirschman, W.E. Krause, J.C. Crawford (pix), John J. King, John J. Long, F.W. Melcher, Henry Luhens, W.D. Moulton, Eugene Moore, John D. Neligh, F.W. Ragoss, Henry D. Readinger, A.M. Rose, R.F. Stevenson, William Stuefer, Dr. T.D. Thompson, J. Vostrovsky, F.W. Welna, H. Zerrung; Bancroft -- W.W. Cones, G.W. Howe, L.C. Kringel, J.W. McLaughlin and Co., C.C. McNish, Hale Perrine, M.C. Robinson, Lionel Schaumann, Dr. Charles M. Sutlief; STANTON COUNTY: Stanton -- J.L. Avery, Dr. W.L. Bowman, S.S. Canfield, J. Eberly, W.L. Kendall (pix), Dr. N.S. Lane, Lewis Ley (pix), Allen Loomer, Tobias Mack, Henry A. Vail; THURSTON COUNTY: No bios are available for this county. The final part of the booklet is excerpted from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State. It includes a separate section on the Indians of Thurston County, and brief tour stops in Winnebago, two Indian reservations, Decatur, Tekamah, Walthill, Oakland, Pilger, etc.