Likewise, a painstaking perusal of more than two hundred volumes yielded only meagre results, and in most
of these illusory references I found not a single fact worth recording. This comparatively prodigious number
included gazeteers, encyclopedias, geographies, military histories, general histories, State and National
reports, journals of legislative proceedings, biographies, genealogies, reminiscences, travels, romances--in
short, any and all books that I had thought calculated to shed even the faintest glimmer of light on the
County's history, topographical features, etc.