Early days in the tri-county area of Cedar, Holt and Knox, 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: CEDAR COUNTY: Surface, soil and products; Atrocious murders by Indians and other troubles; County organization; the Flood of 1881, St. Helena, the county seat-- history, churches, newspaper, etc.; St. James history; Other towns -- Strahmburg, Aten, St. Peter, Lawn Ridge, and Paragon;. HOLT COUNTY: Topography, Geology, and Natural Productions; Indians, Pony Boys and Cowboys; Crimes and casualties, Public Schools, county organization and officers; County Seat dispute; O'Neill -- history, newspapers; Other towns -- Stuart, Paddock, Ford, Atkinson, Keya Paha, Long Pine, Lavinia, Cleveland, Chelsea, Hainesville, Deloit, Saratoga, Leonie, Grand Rapids, Brewer, Menlo, Little, Lambert, Doty, Laura, Inman, Ray, Greeley, Clifton Grove, Red Bird, Apple Creek, Sunnyside, McLean, etc.; Unorganized territory; KNOX COUNTY: Surface, soil and Streams, the Ponca Indians, Accidents and crimes, Early navigation of the Missouri, County organization, Santee Sioux Agency, Niobrara -- history, flood of 1881; Creighton, Bazile Mills, Pischelville, Millerboro, Verdigris Bridge, Frankfort, Welsh, Kemma, Knoxville, Sparta, Armstrong, Venus, Walnut Grove, Blyville, Plum Valley, Reidsville, Dukeville, Breckenridge, etc.. 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: CEDAR COUNTY: St. Helena -- Wilbur F. Bryant, E.P. Drake, Thomas Ebinger, C.T. Evans, P.C. Nissen, Rev. Henry Schoof, J.C. Stratman, H.B. Suing, Dr. H.V. Van Velsor, Guy R. Wilbur; St. James -- P.W. Brown, James Hay, Otto F. Hoese, Lewis E. Jones, Col. C.C. Van, Henson Wiseman; KNOX COUNTY: O'Neill -- David Adams, David L. Darr, Ed. E. Evans, Patrick Fahy, Patrick Hagerty, Ed. Hershiser, W.D. Mathews, Jno. McBride, J.J. McCafferty, Gen. John O'Neill, Sanford Parker, Rev. J.T. Smith, Michael E. Tierney; Stuart -- John Agerter, N.B. Bisbee; HOLT COUNTY: Santee Sioux Agency -- J.B. Barker, Charles Hill, Dr. George W. Ira, Isaiah Lightner, Rev. George R. Oake, Willis Shepard; Niobrara -- Emmet Barber, H.E. Bonesteel, Fred Burns, B.F. Chambers, Charles Cooley, Solomon Draper, Edwin A. fry, Thomas G. Hullihen, Herko Koster, William Lamont, H.S. Lovejoy, I.B. Miller, Judge Thomas N. Paxton, Vic Randa, John C. Santee (pix), R.E.W. Spargur, Henry Storm, A.L. Towle, Neal Walters, George Leonard Weigand, Herman Westermann, A.B. Wilcox, Carl Witte; Creighton -- J.H. Bruce, Orin A.H. Bruce, W.T. March, Robert M. Peyton, George W. Quimby, Dr. George Roberts; Bazile Mills -- George A. Brooks and Co., George Brooks, Dr. Albert Lincoln Clarke, A. McGill, R. Reniff, J.P. Reed, S.N. Saunders, William Saunders. The final part of the booklet is excerpted from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State. It includes brief tour stops at Bloomfield, Center, Wausa, O'Neill, Wynot, Santee, and Niobrara.