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PREFACE. After months of unremitting labor the " History of Daviess C(.onnty" is ready for our patrons. None can better understand than those who have assisted us, the difficulties to be met in the preparation of a work of this kind. Public documents have been examined, newspaper files have been reviewed, old settlers and prominent men have been visited for the purpose of making the record as complete as possible and gaining information of interest and value to the subscribers. The incompleteness ot the public records and the convicting statements have tended to perplex the compilers, but we trust in the main the work will prove satisfactory. Members of a family often differ as to the spelling of names, contradict each other's statements as to the dates of birth. settlement in the county, and nativity; we, therefore, have tried to give preference to the majority. While errors must necessarily occur under such circumstances we feel that we have fulfilled our promises and have given as correct a record, historically and biographically, as it is possible to obtain. Whatever may be the verdict of those who do not realize the extent of our work, and therefore make no allowance for the many ways in which errors may occur, we feel sure that all thoughtful and just persons will appreciate our efforts, will recognize the great public benefit that has been accomplished, and will value the book as a memorial in the years to come of the lives and adventures of the early pioneers, of the lives of men prominent in political and business circles, and of individuals less prominent but none the less necessary to the county's history, that would otherwise have passed into oblivion. We tender our thanks to the pioneers, county officials, pastors of churches, officers of societies and members of the press for