HE publishers place this volume beforethe public believing that they havefulfilled every promise made at the beginningof the enterprise and every reasonableexpectation. That there are faults of omissionthey are aware, but this has arisen frominability to obtain the required information.That a volume of upwards of eight hundredquarto pages, containing ten thousand names,should be free from error, no one will expect.A large part of the writing has been doneby a citizen of the county, Homer Everett,Esq., whose personal knowledge of leadingevents reaches back almost to the first whitesettlement. This important service could havebeen entrusted to no better hands. The firstfive chapters and those relating to the Moraland Material Development of the county, andCivil History, have been prepared by a writerin the employ of the publishers. With these exceptions all of the general history is from the pen of Mr.Everett. The same gentleman also preparedthe church history of Fremont and severalbiographical sketches. One biography andthe commercial history of Fremont are thecontributions of Wilbur G. Zeigler.It is impossible to make special ac-knowledgments to all to whom we are in-debted for assistance. The people of thecounty have received the writers andcollectors of information with uniformcourtesy, and given them every facility forthe prosecution of their work.Instead of being bound in cloth withleather backs, as were the samples shown tosubscribers, the volume is bound in fullleather, while the form of the book rendersit much more convenient for use, and betteradapted to the shelves of a library.