Early days in the four-county area of Greeley, Howard, Sherman and Valley, 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: GREELEY COUNTY: Natural features; Early History; Progress of the county; Organization and officials; Scotia, the county seat at the time; O'Connor; Spaulding; HOWARD COUNTY: Natural features and products; First settlements; organization; Early history; Howard County in 1874; Gov. Brisbin's statistics; Progress of the County; the Flood of 1881; the Murder of Lubin Paxton; Present conditions of the County (1882); St. Paul, the county seat -- early history, improvements, afrightful tragedy, newspapers, societies, churches; Dannebrog; St. Libory ; SHERMAN COUNTY: Location; Early History and Hardships; First Murder Trial; Progress and Prosperity; County Matters; Loup City, the county seat-- early history, O.B. Willard and Mrs. Allie C. Willard; VALLEY COUNTY: Description; Early History; "Firsts"; Organization and Elections; Progress of the County; Ord, the county seat -- early history, local matters; North Loup -- early history. 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: GREELEY COUNTY: Scotia -- Judge John J. Bean, S.W. Bilyeu, S.E. Horton, David Moore, Ed Wright; O'Connor -- T.C. Phelan, A.M. Thayer, T.P. Lanigan;; HOWARD COUNTY: St. Paul -- Paul Anderson, John Barzynski, W.A. Bell, B.F. Bisbing, Enoch S. Chadwick, J.L. Bryan, William H.C. Chinn, Thomas Darnall, H.M. Deegan, J.C. Fleming, L. Fleming, Dr. E.R. Fletcher (pix), Henry Friend, O.M. Goldsberry, James P. Gordon, Henry Hansen, R. Harvey, Harry Hill, Charles Jackson, Peter Johnson, Anthony Jacobson, A.A. Kendall, O.M. Knipple, J.C. Lewis, Thompson McNabb, George Norton, Henry Nunn, J.N. Paul (pix), N.J. Paul (pix), John C. Phillips, C.C. Robinson, G.W. Scott, T.R. Wallace, Charles Wasmer; SHERMAN COUNTY: Loup City -- William Benschoter, M.A. Hartley, E.S. Hayhurst, C.H.E. Heath, John Hogue, Judge George W. Hunter, E.G. Kriechbaum, W.H. Lalk, R.J. Nightingale, C.J. Odendahl, Cyrus E. Rosseter, Joel R. Scott, Robert Taylor, Charles E. Waite, Aaron Wall, John Wall; Wilhelmshohe -- Jacob Albers; Cedarville -- R.C. Hardin; VALLEY COUNTY: Ord -- H.A. Babco, D.C. Bell, John Case, E.M. Coffin, L.A. Ellis, J.B. Gillespie, H.M. Grimes, Dr. F.D. Haldman, Fred L. Harris, Dr. Joseph M Klinker, D.J. Martz, R.F. Milford, Peter Mortensen, Henry W. Nelson, A.M. Robbins, A.D. Robinson, H.G. Rogers, Edward D. Satterlee, Joseph Slobodny, G.H. Stover, Herbert Thurston, Homer A. Walker, B.C. White, J.C. White, W.H. Williams; North Loup -- Charles W. Allen, Oscar Babcock, Dr. Charles Badger, Nehemiah Bee, S.A. Parks, Thomas L. Bedlon, John Sheldon, S.C. Terry, Charles H. Wellman. The final part of the booklet is excerpted from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State. There are brief tour stops in Greeley, St. Paul, Elba, Loup City, and Hazard. We've also included a small map of the four counties from the 1882 book and some current statistics.