The old settlers' history of Bates county, Missouri
The compilers, in preparing this work, have sought to obtain only authentic narratives, and have diligently searched the obtainable records for all such facts as in their judgement are germane to a brief and reliable history of our county.
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In order that we, as Historians - if we be permitted to use the title - may faithfully portray the wonderful and unexampled development of Bates County, and satisfy the conditions imposed by ourselves, it is necessary to briefly sketch the history of that part of the territory west of the Mississippi River, which now constitutes the great State of Missouri, and of which Bates County - our particular care - has as varied, thrilling and interesting a story as any part thereof.