The proof sheets of the historical part of the work have been read with care by Hon. Julius A. Schmahl, Secretary of State. Mr. Schmahl has also been frequently consulted during the prog ress of the, work, and has made many valuable suggestions. Our association with the people of the county has been a pleasant one. We have conscientiously performed our task, and in placing the history in the hands of those whom it most con cerns, our hope is that it'will increase the interest that all should feel in the history of the state and county.