Don't you wish every county had a directory like this one from 1896??
The Encyclopedic Directory of Clay County, Indiana : "giving a list of householders of the county, their post office address, occupation, location, school district, section number, township, politics, religion, assessed value of real estate, nationality, where born, when born, when came to Clay County, etc. : including a map of Clay County" - 1896
There are some photos and biographies toward the back of the book.