Fort Scott, Ks. Monitor Book & Printing Co., 1899. 79pp. plus five full-page plates from photographs (including frontispiece). 16mo. Original flexible red cloth, gilt. Lightly soiled and edgeworn. Contemporary pencil ownership inscription on rear fly leaf. Very clean internally. Very good. Item #WRCAM56909
This is the first edition, supposedly issued in a few copies for friends, "compliments of Citizens National Bank, Fort Scott, Kansas" at Christmas, 1899. "A well-written, entertaining, and informative local history" - Dary. "This is a work of real homespun flavor. Goodlander came to Fort Scott in '58 when the town consisted of a mere handful of settlers. His descriptions of those days, of the pioneers, and of the settlers who followed, as also of events - the border war, the sanguinary raids and the upbuilding of this typical sunflower settlement - are intimate and first-hand" - Eberstadt. Goodlander includes biographies of founders of Fort Scott, his experiences in building his business - he built homes, businesses, and other buildings, including City Hall, and eventually became president of Citizens National Bank - the activities of border ruffians before and during the Civil War, social life, and many more events through the 1860s. OCLC locates eight copies. DARY, KANZANA 273. HOWES G240, "aa." RADER 1623. GRAFF 1584 (1900 edition). EBERSTADT 168:263. OCLC 987689993.