The Hamlin County history book that was printed in 1979 was a labor of love, done by many diligent, dedicated volunteers. When they had their work completed and ready to publish, they decided not to have it copyrighted. They wanted it to be available for future generations to enjoy and use to increase their knowledge of our ancestors. That was a very generous and worthy thing to do.
I don’t think they could foresee someone sharing this information with the world. When I post this on my blog site, ‘My Mixed Blog’ everyone in this world with a computer will have access to it. I have 250 followers of my blog in 80 countries around the globe. We have great tools in computers and cyberspace, I hope we don’t abuse how we use it.