Early days in Cheatham County in Middle Tennessee are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from: History of Tennessee, originally published in 1886 by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster (1923). The new 65-page booklet is printed on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Among the subjects included are: Geography; Outmoded Agriculture Practices; Early Settlers; Indian Relics; Early Mills; How the county was established and its boundaries; County buildings; County officials; Judges and Justices of the Peace, Grand Jurors, Lawyers, Court cases, several coming out of activities relating to the Civil War; Civil War with names of officers and casualties; Businesses, lodges, newspapers and doctors; Ashland, the county seat, and other communities -- Sycamore Mills, Pleasant View, and Kingston Springs; Ashland Institute, Pleasant View High School and other schools; Churches; and other items. Early schools were primative. One of the "more modern...had a floor in it under which the hogs slep...and produced...fleas for the amusement of the pupils." Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are a number of biographies. 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: Thomas J. Adkisson, Dr. James M. Bagwell, John H. Balthrop, James C. Bandy, Simeon W. Barbee, John T. Batts, Thomas Bell, Abner F. Bidwell, George W. Binkley, Dr. Alexander F. Binkley, Adam Binkly, Prof. William I. Harper, Dr. Hiram B. Carney, Enoch Dozier, John M. Duke, Samuel H. Dunn, Abner Edwards, James J. Everett, Jonathan D. Fambrough, William B. Felts, James W. Fielder, Ezekiel S. Gleaves, Wiley J. Gossett, Mrs. Nancy E. Greer, James W. Gupton, John J. Gupton, Thomas Y. Hagewood, Mrs. Martha A. Hiland, James W. Hogan, Willis Hyde, John S. Jones, Robert Jones, Robert C. Justice, John James Lee, John James Lee, James J. Lenox, George P. Mallory, Andrew J. Mayo, John T. Moseley, Edward M. Newton, Sanford W. Patterson, Samuel D. Power, William L. Robertson, Willis W. Sanders, Dr. Winfield W. Scott, Dr. Thomas J. Shaw, Sterling Shearron, James Simpkins, George M. Smith, Louis f. Smith, Wiley B. Stewart, B.F. Stewart, L.F. Teasley, Melvin Tomlin, Thomas A. Turner, Rufus S. Turner, Jack E. Turner, Michael G. Turner, John Tyson, George W. Weakley, Benjamin L. Weakley, James H. Williams, Alexander W. Williams and Peter H. Woodson.