Early days in Grainger County and Hamblen County in East Tennessee are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from the 1886 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and other sources. The 42-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 county seats are: Rutledge in Grainger County and Morristown in Hamblen County. The first part of the booklet concerns the history of: Grainger County --Geography and geology; Earliest Settlers -- Col. James Ore, George Bean Sr., Robert Gordon, James Byrne, Thomas Whiteside, John Shields, the Senters, Hendersons, Crabtrees, Taylors, Johnstons, Bassetts, Lebons, Moores, Ethelred Williams, Robert Long, Abraham McConnell, Thomas McBrown, Frederick Mayers, John Bunch, David Tate, Abner Lowe, Jerry Jarnagin, William Clay, Samuel Dodson, John Aker, David Watson, Martin Cleveland, the Dyers, James Randolph, George Holmark, Garrett Winaban, Martin Stubblefield, John McAnally, Rice Moore, Amasa Howell, Henry Brown, Edward Rice, Charles McAnally, Basil Guess and others; Early businesses; Organization of the county; Location of the Seat of Justice at Rutledge; Early officials and first courthouse; Gen. John Cocke and other attorneys; Rutledge businesses; Hamblen County -- Location on the Holston River; Roads and railroads; Early settlers, including Robert McFarland, Alexander OUtlaw, the Morris brothers, William Chaney, Thomas Daggett, Phelps Read, John Crockett, Richard Thompson, Isaac Martin, Isaac Barton, Joseph Shannon, James McGhee, Samuel Riggs, James Roddye, Caleb Witt, William Pulliam, William B. Roddye, James Hoskins, Daniel Taylor, Sherrod Mayes, James Shields, John Evans, Jesse Cheek and others; Early businesses, manufactories, newspapers, churches, etc.; County organization and early county officers, etc. 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 often 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: Grainger County -- William H. Cadle, Rev. John H. Carmichael, William Clark, Dr. N.G. Dail, James S. Gill, George H. Grove, Dr. W.J. Heacker, Dr. Joseph Hoffmeister, Thomas J. Jarnagin, Robert J. Justus, John M. Lowe, James M. Mitchell, G.B. Mitchell, Thomas B. Moody, Elijah Mullens, William T. Murray, William Needham, Dr. Samuel N. Tate, Gen. Allen S. Tate, Capt. Thomas Tomlinson, Daniel Turley, and Tilghman A. Vineyard; Hamblen County -- Asa Bayless, J.W. Bewley, L.B. Bewley, Jay C. Brown, C.J. Burnett, T.C. Cain, D.L. Carmichael, Charles H. Darlington, S.G. Felknor, George W. Folsom, Dr. J.A. Goodard, James Hale, Dr. E.B. Hale, George S. Hale, R.H. Harle, John E. Helms, J.C. Hodges, W.A. Howell, Pleasant M. Kirkpatrick, Garret Lane, John Lawrence, James H. Lones, W.H. Maze, J.H. McClister, Judge William McFarland, William M. Murdoch, C.G. Nenney, William James Owen, W.G. Read, M.J.B. Roberts, Thomas Rogan, Gov. DeWitt Clinton Senter, Rev. W.H. Smith, Samuel and George Smith, Grinefield Taylor, C.V. Taylor, William G. Taylor, J.E. Thompson, J.H. Trent, H. Williams, and G.G. Williams. 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. Tour stops include Bulls Gap, Russellville, Morristown and the Morristown Normal and Industrial College, Panther Springs, Bean Station, Rutledge, Cumberland Gap, etc.