Early days in Hall County, Nebraska, are recalled through colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this 28-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: Grand Island (county seat), Doniphan, Wood River. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features of the county; Early History -- Indians, arson on the prairie, Mormon settlement, speculation, wild game, Indian depredations, etc; Early settlers -- Fred Hedde, Christ Andresen, D. Sass, William Stolley, and others; the Civil War and its effect on the settlements; The great storm of 1873; Grasshoppers; Mills, Agriculture, Public improvements; Grand Island; Businesses; Railroads; Newspapers; Churches; Schools, Societies, 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: O.A. Abbott, William L. Arnold, F.M. Bacon, Grove E. Barber, Adolph Blunk, Henry D. Boyden, N.T. Brittin, W. J. Burger, H.L. Burket, George H. Caldwell, James Cleary, F.D. Collins, George Cornelius, A.J. Cushman, H.C. Denman, F.C. Dodge, John S. Donaldson, John Eggers, Henry Elsner, James Ewing, Dr. M.J. Gahan, Henry Giese, H.H. Clover, Samuel Fry, Dr. Corodon D. W. Gibson, Charles Guenther, William August Hagge, T.O.C. Harrison, Gred Hedde, H.C. Held, Henry W. High, William B. Hollister, Edward Hooper, John L. Houck, M.B. Hoxie, Christian Ipsem, Charles Ivers, James Jackson, Gwyn T. Jordan, E.W. Justice, James P. Kernohan, Robert Kerr, Henry A. Koenig, Dr. H. B. Lashlee, A.C. Lederman, N.M. Lewton, W.R. McAllister, John Maher, Henry P. Makeley, James Martin, James Michelson, Dr. Howard C. Miller, John D. Moore, M. Murphy, James B. Murray, James C. Pederson, Rev. Richard Phelan, W.H. Platt, Dr. C.T. Poe, John George Raine, C. F. Raymer, Matthew Reifers, James R. Reniff, Charles Rief, Dr. H.J. Ring, George F. Ryan, A.A. Sawyer, Frank Sears, Fred A. Sears, Dr. A. L. Steverson, William Stolley, Gen. John M. Thayer, C.W. Thomas, H. Thomas, P. Touhey, D. H. Van Tine, C. Von Wasmer, O.U. Westcott, J.W. West, Charles A. Wiebe, A. H. Wilhelm, Chauncey Wiltse, E.R. Wiseman, and James H. Woolley. 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. This includes a description of Grand Island, with a small map and 8 points of interest.