in Douglas County
Early Settlers in Douglas County
These documents are accounts of the life of early settlers
in Douglas County. In 1938, a writer paid by the U.S. Work Projects Administration
asked 17 residents of Douglas County, some of them children of early settlers,
for their memories of the early days. They were reprinted in the Douglas
County Genealogical and Historical Society Journal, December 1984
and December 1985. Our thanks to the Douglas County Museum for making
these documents available to us.
Except for corrections to obvious typographical errors, the text is as found in the Douglas County Genealogical and Historical Society Journal for December 1984 and December 1986. The text is from "First White Settlers," in the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, U.S. Work Projects Administration, 1935-42, Missouri Historical Records Survey-Douglas County.
J. E. Curry, in his history of Douglas County, comments
on this material: "The information presented in these interviews
has not been analyzed and verified. In fact, there are several cases where
the information does not bear up against documented facts. However, these
candid local interviews often do give us another slant on Douglas County