Early days in Adams, Marquette and Waushara Counties, WI, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this meaty 22-page 8 1/2" x 11" spiral-bound booklet, newly printed single-sided on 60 # opaque paper. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. The information comes from a rare 1881 book, entitled History of Northern Wisconsin and from the 1941 WPA book, entitled Wisconsin, a Guide to the Badger State . We've enlarged this tri-county area of Central Wisconsin on a map from the original book, and included it along with two other maps of historic interest. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Adams County Adams, Arkdale, Big Flats, Colburn, Dell Prairie, Dellwood, Easton, Friendship (County Seat), Grand Marsh, Jackson, Leola, Lincoln, Monroe, New Chester, New Haven, Preston, Quincy, Richfield, Rome, Springville, Strongs Prairie, and Wisconsin Dells (part). Marquette County Briggsville, Brooks, Buffalo, Crystal Lake, Douglas, Endeavor, Harris, Mecan, Montello (County Seat), Moundville, Neshkoro, Newton, Oxford, Packwaukee, Shields, Springfield, and Westfield. Waushara County Aurora, Berlin (part), Bloomfield, Coloma, Dakota, Deerfield, Hancock, Leon, Lohrville, Marion, Mount Morris, Oasis, Pine River, Plainfield, Poy Sippi, Poysippi, Redgranite, Richford, Rose, Saxeville, Springwater, Warren, Wautoma (County Seat), and Wild Rose.(Some towns are not mentioned in the booklet.) This booklet now includes a newly added 5-page excerpt from the WPA book. Although perhaps out of date as a tour book, these WPA guides are rich in history and trivia. Among the many subjects included are: Location and Natural Resources; Where place names came from; Wisconsin Dells -- Devil's Jug, Witches' Gultch, etc; Crops; Various first -- tavern, birth, school, sermon, steamboat, etc; Names of early settlers; Newspapers; County Organizations, First elections and officers elected; Boundary Changes and Disputes; Friendship, seat of Adams County; Prehistoric people in Marquette County; Montello, seat of Marquette County; Westfield, the center of a large agricultural district and shipping point; Wautoma, seat of Waushara County; Plainfield and Hancock, two towns on the Wisconsin Central Railroad; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains biographies of many county residents of the late 1800s. Some of these are brief, but others include family members, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on area businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on news events. Those listed are: (not in alphabetical order): Charles H. Bissell, J.T. Cogan, Mark Derham, William and John Ennis, Edward McCaffrey, A.M. Morrill, S.A. Pease, W.H. Peters, S.R. Rood, Ash Spencer, Robert Cochrane, Archibald Crawford, Samuel Crockett, Seloftus D. Forbes, Caleb F. Fuller, Philo Lackey, William Phillips, Henry R. Roberts, Martin G. Ellison, Jr., Chester Frink, Townsend W. Whitson, the remarkable Capt. J.N.P. Bird (who was nearly shot for "exciting a sedition" during the Civil War), Ira P. Coon, Jackson J. Hawley, Robert L.D. Potter, Charles P. Soule, Allen L. Trufant and Son, James M. Whitman, Sherman Bardwell, Walter Beach, Bishop R. Borden, Dr. James Breen, Caleb Greenfield, Arthur B. Kilbourn, Jefferson B. Mitchell, George Ocain, G.W. Sheardown, Calvin Chafee, Franklin Chafee, Eugene B. Jennings, Dr. Selden Miner, Edwin Montgamery, and Frank H. Clark.