Early days in DeKalb County, TN, are recalled in this spiral bound booklet of excerpts compiled from the 1887 book: History of Tennessee originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and other sources. The The 51-page booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The first 10 pages of the booklet are devoted to the history of the county. Included are a physical description of the county, early settlers, early merchants and mills, creation of the county, justices, lawyers, county officials, schools and churches, and divided Civil War sentiment -- with the county sending "a number of companies to both the Northern and Southern Armies." Smithville is the county seat, but Alexandria is the largest town. Liberty and Dowelltown are other communities within the county. Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Most are fairly lengthy, and include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities. In the course of this they often shed light on the early businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: James M. Allen, Alvin Avant, J.M. Baker, Col. J.H. Blackburn, Prof. J.L. Boon, J.W. Botts, W.G. Bratten, N.M. Brown, J.L. Colvert, J.R. Corley, Maj. W.G. Crowley, Dr. Thomas P. Davis, D.W. Dinges, James A. Donnell, E.J. Evans, Capt. J.T. Exum, T.W. Fitts, J.J. Ford, H.D. Foust, John A. Fuson, Pat Geraty, Prof. H.L.W. Gross, William T. Hale, D.T. Harrison, Isaac Hayes, R.F. Jones, Prof. T.B. Kelly, Rev. Ira W. King, James H. Kitching, John M. Mason, R.C. Nesmith, W.W. Patterson, S.B. Prichard, James T. Quarels, John B. Robinson, J.E. Robinson, Louis E. Simpson, J.J. Smith, W.R. Smith, A.P. Smith, Gen. William B. Stokes, Dr. J.G. Squires, Will A. Vick, W.W. Wade, Samuel Walker, and Bethel Magness Webb. Brief excerpts from Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster, and Tennessee, a Guide to the State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939, are included. There are a few illustrations, but the quality of these is only fair.