\bout a year ago the publisher of Dear Old Greene County commenced gathering data and facts for the work which is now upon the market for approval, and record. It has been a far greater job than we anticipated, and we have met with difiiculties all along the wav. A great mass of nraterial has been at hand, and from it we have selected what appealed to us as valuable. \ve are under obligations to many persons for valuable facts and en couragement. We trust that the work will receive kind words and that the outlay of time and money in the production of the book will be in a measure repaid by the liberal patronage of the citizens of Greene county, in whose in whose interest the work has been done. The book certainly will form a tangible part of the records that will be cherished and manv valuable facts pre served in it otherwise might have been lost. Much has been re corded. But in our limited space many interesting matters have been of necessitv reserved. To Court of Appeals Justice Emory A. Chase, Senator Bloodgood, Mrs. Wheeler Howard, Judge Tall madge, County Clerk George B. Van Valkenburgh, the various members of the, (ireene county Board of Supervisors, and particu larly to Elmer Krieger oi' Prattsville, Photographers Paul R. Mor rison, Fred Clarke and Earle Van Dyke, and to Frederick Nelson Du Bois, Robert F. Story and others we have been greatly indebt ed for facts and data. Publishers F. E. Craigie, Harry Hall, and M. Edward Silberstein, our contemporaries, have added liberally to the effort. We are indebted to them for many engravings from their ollices, and Mr. (jraigie in addition has compiled the lodge matter covering the Masonic order, as, it appears in the several.