JOSEPH B. THOBURN
The library of the Oklahoma Historical Society has received a complimentary copy of the Centennial Biographical Directory of Franklin County, Missouri, which has been compiled, edited and published by Herman Gottlieb Kiel, who is now a resident of 522 Harvard Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. In an octavo volume of 444 pages, there is presented in compact form more biographical and genealogical material concerning the people of Franklin County, from the first pioneer settlers of 1816 down to the people of the present day, than is readily available concerning the inhabitants, past and present, in many if any other counties in the United States. No less than eighty-eight lists of records, containing over 42,000 citations, are included in the contents of the book. These include a complete list of pioneer settlers of the county, down to 1830; the names of all citizens of the county enrolled in the Federal census in 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870, respectively; lists of all citizens of the county who had served as soldiers, sailors or marines during the wars in which the United States had been involved, from the American Revolution down to and including the World War; lists of all of the post offices and postmasters, schools and school teachers, county, township and municipal officers, banks and bankers, business firms, churches and pastors, fraternal organizations, etc. It is easy to read between the lines that the collection and arrangement of the material has been nothing less than a labor of love on the part of the compiler, who is a native son of the county. The price of the volume ($2.00) is so small in comparison with its value that it would seem that every intelligent and patriotic citizen of the county should buy a copy, as well as all natives and former residents who now live elsewhere. As the preparation and publication of such a work is never undertaken with the hope of profit, a public spirited citizenship should always see to it that the projector of such an enterprise is at least reimbursed if not remunerated for his unselfish and painstaking efforts.
—JOSEPH B. THOBURN.