Early days in Polk County and McMinn County in East Tennessee are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from the 1887 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and other sources. The 54-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: Benton in Polk County and Athens in McMinn County. The first part of the booklet concerns the history of: Polk County --Geography ; Early settlers -- William Biggs, Abraham Lillard, Nelson Lawson, Thomas Jones. R.W. McClary, Erby Boyd, John Taylor, Travis Rodgers, William Higgins, Michael Hilderbrand, A.R. Stephenson, and others; Early businesses; Ocoee Academy; the first church; Columbus and Benton; Copper; Organization of the county; Early officials; the Circuit Court; Early Lawyers, etc.; and McMinn County -- Geography; Organization of the county; Early Courts; the town of Calhoun and its early settlers; Athens, the seat of justice; Newspapers; the first church in Athens; Forest Hill Academy; the villages of Riceville and Mouse Creek, 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: Polk County -- Thomas J. Boyd, Simeon E. Browder, Joseph Madison Copeland, Dr. Warren J. Copeland, Napoleon B. Dunn, George W. Fetzer, Dr. Robert N. Fleming, William M. Gamble, Dr. John C.C. Garner, William W. Howard, Joel P. Johnson, W.S. Kimbrough, Amos Ladd, Francis M. Luttrell, Isaac Nicholson, William A. Prince Sr., and Jesse Rymer; McMinn County -- Samuel P. Blair, I.H. Bond, James M. Charles, Daniel F. Clark, P.W. Cooper, B.M. Cooper, John C. Cote, Dr. Ezckiel Daniel, Mark Dennis, Isaac Denton, William Dixon, W.C. Dodson, Major John C. Duff, George W. Foster, T.F. Gibson, Peter J. Grubb, William L. Harbison, James M. Henderson, Dr. Wallace N. Hoge, James Howard Hood, William F. Hudson, Zachary T. John, James T. Johnson, Joseph H. Justice, William Lasater, James H. Lowery, J. H. Lusk, Benjamin F. Martin, Frank B. McElwee, J.M. McKamy, Dr. James Oliphant, James A. Owens, William T. Owens, A.F. Rogers, Joseph C. Rucker, William N. Russell, Elder James S. Russell, John W.A. Sanford, George L. Saulpaw, Dr. Elbert S. Shipley, Joseph H. Smith, John Q. Strange, Dr. James P. Thompson, M.P. Thompson, James D. Williams, William P. Willson, James A. Womac, and Samuel Workman. 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. The WPA portion mentions the Cleage Home in Sweetwater, Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, the town of Charleston where the Cherokee Indian "Great Removal" began, Chief Jack Walker, the blockhouse at Benton, Tennga on the Georgia border, Ducktown, Ocoee Dam at Parksville, etc. The booklet also includes a section entitled "Gatewood Raid through Polk County" taken from the appendix of History of the Rebellion in Bradley County, East Tennessee written by J.S. Hurlburt in 1866. This concerns the 1864 raid made by the Rebel guerrilla John P. Gatewood primarily through Polk County, in which a number of Yankee sympathizers were robbed and murdered.