Early days in Platte 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. Among the many subjects included are: Physical character of the county and agricultural yields; Early visitors and settlers; Early History; Early Justice and court cases; Indian Raids and a Massacre; Organization of the county; "Paper towns," such as Cleveland and Neenah and other schemes; Means of Communication and transportation; Columbus (the county seat) and town officials, Schools, the press, the fire department, public buildings, banks, businesses, churches, and Societies with officers' names; , and other items of interest. The booklet contains biographies of many residents of Platte County in 1882. While primarily of interest to descendants, these often contain clues to the area and the times. Biographical sketches include: Columbus -- A.J. Arnold, David Anderson, Edward Baker, Gus Becher, Becker and Welch, William Becker, Phillip Bonesteel, Dr. Samuel Bonesteel, George Bowman, J.D. Brewer, Brindley and From, William Bucher, C.M. Chambers, A.W. Clark, C.D. Clother, George Clother, H.P. Coolidge, Samuel D. Cory, L. J. Cramer, William Dale, C.H.W. Deitrichs, J.B. Delsman, Rev. Dominic Florian, J.W. Early, J.E. Echols, G.W. Elston, Jacob Ernst, E.D. Fitzpatrick, Leander Gerrard, Edward Gerrard, Reb. Samuel Goodale, John Hammond, J.N. Heater, W. H. Heidelberger, A. Heintz, Gerhard Heitkemper, John Heitkemper, Joseph Hengeler, R. H. Henry, John Higgins, Dr. Edward Hoehen, John E. Hoffman, D.C. Kavanaugh, Carl Kramer, William Lamb, Peter Laughlin, George Lehman, Henry Luers, James MacAllister, John McMahon, Dr. J.S. McAllister, Mrs. R.B. McIntire, John M. MacFarland, Samuel Marmoy, James Meagher, Mitchell and Martyn, J.E. Moncrief, Patrick Murray, Frank North, J.E. North, Joshua Norton, Herman Oehlrich, Rev. Franklin Pierce, Martin Postle, F.N. Price, V.T. Price, Henry Ragatz, Julius Rasmussen, J.H. Reed, Prof. J.J. H. Reedy, Matt Reid, Rickly and Hoffman, Al. Rickly, John Rickly, William Rochon, J.G. Routson, Rev. J.M. Ryan, William Ryan, F. Scheck, William Scheidemantel, Jacob Schram, Charles Schroeder, Dr. Frederick J. Schug, Edward Sheehan, George A. Scott, I.J. Slattery, Samuel C. Smith, John Stauffer, Oscar A. Stearns, Robert Stewart, Dr. Charles B. Stillman, John Tannahill, Dr. M.C. Thurston, Abner Turner, Moses K. Turner, M. Whitmoyer, John Wiggins, Rev. R.B. Wilson, and Charles H. Young; Other Places -- Rev. John Flood, William Eimers, Edward Graham, James Davis, Hermann G. Lueschen, John Henry Wurdeman, Col. Robert Moran, Rev. John Scudder, William E. Walton, Edwin Ahrens, William Gerhold, Charles W. Getts, Henry Lusche, Carl Reinke and Herman Wilkin. 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 brief stops at Humphrey, Monroe, Genoa, Pawnee City, Columbus and Duncan.