When George T. Sargisson and Leroy J. Scheuerman joined founder Thomas C. Marshall Jr. in May 1960 to form Historic Red Clay Valley Inc. (HRCV), the Certificate of Incorporation included the phrase "to issue such publications relating to the Red Clay Creek Valley as the members deem fitting and proper". Dedicated to recently deceased HRCV founder Thomas C. Marshall Jr., and in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Wilmington & Western Rail Road Company in 1869, volunteer Robert Wilhelm has reworked these five monographs.
The limited number of original copies printed has resulted in these monographs becoming difficult to find for recent generations of local historians. Scanned from original mint-condition 5½" by 8½" copies borrowed from long time HRCV member John Iwasyk, the reissues feature 8½" by 11" letter-size pages and larger printing. As additional information and insight have been uncovered over more than 50 years, the original manuscripts are enhanced with letter-referenced footnotes pointing to additional appendix information.