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Those Were the Days

A Daily Encyclopedia of the Old West

Foreword Review — Jan / Feb 2000

A historian who digs beneath the surface, L’Aloge has brought to light many
previously unpublished tidbits that created the Old West as we learn more about
the truth today. Reports generated from old journals, historical accounts and
family histories make up the main part of this book along with a search engine
that enables readers to locate facts quickly and easily.
Each event is divided by month, day and year beginning in May 1804, covering
over a century of happenings that affected the growing western half of the
United States. These events include highlights of never-before published work
which makes Those Were the Days a wonderful addition to the historian’s virtual
library of facts and figures.

Exciting tales of “The American Valley War” or “The Lynching of Dennis Dilda”
show the roughness of the West while at the same time “The Cowboy’s Ten
Commandments” may force a chuckle as each reminds readers to be kind to others
while the burning questions are found in the question and answer section
ranging from Judge Roy Bean to famous namesakes and their legends to obscure
facts previously unpublished. The reference wouldn’t be complete without the
listing of “Forts, Camps, Agencies, and Reservations,” which coincides with the
well-research details.

Unlike most reference titles, Those Were the Days is published as an e-book and
takes up only the space required on the hard drive or the CD-ROM. Likewise,
this book may be read on any computer using the Adobe Acrobat reader, which can
be downloaded for free. In addition to manually scrolling through the book, the
search engine will be helpful for finding particular dates, names and events.
Customers have the option of ordering the disk, which is sent by United States
postal mail, or the download version, which is sent by e-mail. The disk is
ready-to-read. Place the disk in the CD-drive and load the title in the Adobe
Acrobat Reader. The download is sent via e-mail and may be sent as a zipped
file to decrease the download time.

Brenda Ramsbacher