Early days in Lauderdale County in the West 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 62-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. Subjects include: Physical features, such as the Mississippi River; Early settlers, such as Henry and John Rutherford; Land grants; Early mills and other enterprises; Organization of the county and boundary changes; County buildings; Transportation; County officials; Crops; Civil War units from county; the celebrated Confederate Fort Pillow; the town of Ripley, the county seat; Fulton, the oldest town; Durhamville; Ashport, a town that wash into the river; Henning, rebuilt from ashes; Gates, Hall's Station, and other towns; Education (or the lack of it), Early teachers; Memories of early churces from William Turner, a pioneer. 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: James C. Alsobrook, Simmons D. Alsobrook, Dr. John J. Alston, Theophilus Anderson, Dr. T.A. Anthony, E.R. Anthony, Leamon B. Archer, John Y. Barbee, John D. Baxter, Kenneth H. Bentley, Stephen H. Bibb, Richard A. Blackwell, William A. Blair, Thomas G. Bomer, C.E. Bowers, G.M.D. Bowers, D.A. Boyd, William Boydstun, Benjamin F. Boydstun, Richard C. Bradford, Williamson R. Bradford, Richard H. Browning, Charles Edward Butler, W.P.H. Butler, M.T. Campbell, J.B. Carson, L.R. Coleman, Capt. Champ C. Conner, James M. Crocker, Andrew Crockett, J.T. Newton Cusick, Dr. Alexander H. Dunavant, Alonzo Dunavant, J.W. Duncan, Bartlett C. Durham, John H. Farmer, Peter Fitzpatrick, Benjamin M. Flippin, B.J. Flippin, Thompson G. Gause, J.E. Gillespie, P.T. Glass, Hiram D. Glass, William R. Glenn, Coleman Hafford, Tolbert F. Hall, Ryland L. Halliburton, Oliver T. Hendren, James O. Henry, Freland A. Henry, James D. Hubbard, George Whitfield Hurt, G.J. Hutcheson, Robert S. Irvin, William H. Jackson, James M. Jenkins, Rev. George Johnson, Stephen A. Jordan, H.W. Keller, Alex Lackey, W.E. Lambeth, Capt. M.M. Lindsley, Richard F. Lipscomb, W.A. Lloyd, James S. Maclin, Joseph B. Mann, John Harrison Martin, Dr. R.W. Martin, Dr. James L. Mitchell, DeWitt C. Mitchell, William H. Moorer, Dr. Henry B. Moorer, W.T. Myrick, William M. Norris, Dr. Samuel and Cornelia C. (Honyman) Oldham; E.R. Oldham, L.A. Palmer, Levi S. Perkins, Attwood Pierson, Blair Pierson, W.P. Posey, Joseph Price, Thomas Price, Sidney A. Pugh, Prof. Edwin H. Randle, C.S. O. Rice, John Davis Roberson, S.M. Roy, Charles M. Rucker, T.M. Scott, Thomas F. Scott, Daniel P. Shoffner, Benjamin C. Simmons, James L. Sparks, Isaac M. Steele, Dr. David P. Steele, Thomas Steele, John I. Stewart, James E. Stewart, Everett R. Sumerow, Edward F. Talley, John D. Tarrant, Jarvis Pike Taylor, Albert C. Thompson, Rev. Samuel K. Tigrett, William T. Tilman, James Walker, Dr. J.N. Wardlaw, Micajah D. Webb, G.H. White, John t. Williams, Spruce E. Williams, Capt. R.C. Wilson, Reason L. Wood, Edmund C. Wright, and James M. Young. 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.