Early days in Maury 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., Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster (1923), and Tennessee, a Guide to the State, by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939. The 117-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, including its shape, its soil, and the principal waterways: the Duck River; a colony of early settlers led by Squire John Dickey; settlers in the "Polk" neighborhood; Early settlers on Knob Creek and Leiper Creek; Major Shaw Maury; formation of the county; county buildings in Columbia; county officials; various courts, trials and punishments, various juries; roads; railroads; the "Gen. Green" and the attempt to locate the state capital in Columbia; the first bridge, the first cemetery, physicians of 1808, black tongue epidemic of 1813, President James Knox Polk, A.O.P. Nicholson, W.F. Cooper, and other notables; the communities of Ewell's Station, Santa Fe, Mount Pleasant, Southport, Williamsport, Kinderhook, New York, Hurricane Switch; Spring Hill Academy, Jackson College, Columbia Female Institute, the Columbia Atheneum, Mount Pleasant Academy, and other schools; a military history including the first Seminole War, the war with Mexico and the Civil War period; early businesses; various lodges; Churches and clergymen; and other items of interest. 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: James F. Agnew, Alfred N. Akin, John C. Alexander, Joseph W. Alexander, Mrs. Rebecca T. Amis, William Anderson, Dr. E.F. Andrews, Robert J. Bauguss, A.A. Barker, William A. Barker, Rev. George Beckett, Capt. John W. Beckett, Capt. Alexander W. Beckwith, William M. Biddle, Rufus K. Blackman, Jhn H. Blair, Rev. John G. Bolton, Andrew T. boyd, William Branch, John B. Brooks, William R. Brown, W. Hugh Brown, Andrew D. Bryant, Thomas H. Bryant, John S. Caldwell, Willie G. Cecil, Nathaniel B. Cheairs, Owen P. Cheek, Nimrod P. Cheek, George Childress, Allen B. Church, William J. Cochran, Dr. William O. Coffee, Joseph M. Coffey, William R. Conner, Horace S. Cooper, James C. Cooper, Henry S. Cox, Stephen S. Craig, James F. Craig, Thompson S. Craig, Mann Dawson, George W. Davidson, William H. Davis, Raleigh P. Dodson, Thomas J. Dorsett, Dr. Walter C. Dorset, Shadrach S. Dugger, John H. Ellett, Thomas Y. English, Ephraim E. Erwin, Ervin T. Estes, Flavius J. Ewing, H.F. Fariss, Frank L. Fitzgerald, William Stuart Fleming, L.G. Fleming, Archibald C. Floyd, Dr. Lunsford B. Forgey, James M. Frierson, Willis R. Frierson, Dr. Theodore Frierson, Rev. John Stephenson Frierson, Joe H. Fussell, James A. Gallaway, Matthew J. Galloway, Capt. Jhn B. Galloway, James M. Geddens, John H. Gilliam, Roland Gooch, William B. Gordon, Dr. T.S. Greenfield, John A. Grimes, C. Davis Ham, Thomas C. Hardison, Andrew J. Hardison, Thomas A. Harris, Duncan Hastings, Samuel D. Hayes, George W. Hayes, Hiram L. Hendley, James B. Hill, Dr. J. Spencer Hill, Thomas J. Hobbs, George S. Hoge, Rev. Jeremiah F. Holt, Jerry Holt, John A.J. Howard, John W. Howard, Capt. Isaac J. Howlett, Hunter and Co., J.W. Irwin, Samuel E.G. Jack, William J. Jacobs, Robert C. Jameson, John C. Johnson, William J. Jones, John F.T. Jones, John L. Jones, Dr. Simon P. Jordan, E.T. Journey, Marshall N. Kerr, Joseph B. Kerr, Felix M. Kindle, Abraham M. Kinzer, James H. Kinzer, George Whitfield Kinzer, Seth R. Kittrell, George W. Kittrell, Charles D. Knight, William H. Lancaster, Frank D. Lander, Dr. Addison Leftwich, George Libscomb, Dr. Henry Long, Rufus Long, William H. Long, Dr. William Mack, Henry W. Mann, William G. Martin, Thomas T. Martin, Thomas G. Martin, William R.H. Matthews, Henry Mayberry, James M. Mayes, Miles C. Mays, Robert N. McBride, William T. McClain, Capt. Robert B. McCormick, Malcolm McDonald, Alexander W. McDonald, Col. Edward C. McDowell, Samuel D.F. McEwen, Robert Martin McKay, Hardin Perkins Figuers, Richard A. McKay, Alonzo McKissack, Dr. Samuel H. McKnight, John D. McLemore, Lemuel P. McLemore, John A. McMeen, Washington W. Miller, William F. Moore, Leonard D. Myers, Dr. T.P. Nowlin, Dr. Hillary L. Oliver, William L. Orman, George W. Park, James S. Perry, Dr. Nathan Perry, Lewis C. Pickard, Dr. Anthony L. Pillow, Evan Y. Pillow, Dr. Robert Pillow, James M. Philips, Gen. Lucius E. Polk, William T. Porter, Augustus W. Potter, Thomas J. Rea, R.H. Reese, James S. Renfroe, Webb Ridley, John J. Rountree, Daniel Rudy, William J. Scott, George W. Scribner, John A.T. Scribner, Hial Paul Seavy, Dr. Joseph W. Sharber, William F.A. Shaw, Thomas D. Simmons, Rev. Franklin G. Smith, Capt. Robert D. Smith, Munford Smith, Patrick H. Southall Jr., Thomas W. Sowell, George W. Stackard, William W. Stanley, William K. Stephens, Samuel R. Stone, Rev. Joseph Hart Strayhone, Patrick Sullivan, C. Taylor, George C. Taylor, William c. Taylor, Dr. Hezekiah Terrell, John M. Terry, James M. Tindel, Thomas J. Tindel, Dr. James T.S. Thompson, Harvey S. Thompson, William E. Thomlinson, Dr. Joseph M. Towler, Joseph F. Tucker, Otey Walker, Mrs. Sarah J. Webster, William J. Webster, Henry Y. Weissinger, James L. White, Washington Curran Whitthorne, Rev. William H. Wilkes, Col. Nathaniel Robards Wilkes, Mrs. Lennie M. Wilkes, Dr. James H. Wilkes, George Williamson, Joshua L. Williams, Major John T. Williamson, Walter P. Wooldridge, and James C. Wooten. The WPA excerpt includes a separate section on Columbia with pictures of Haynes Haven, a Mule Day Parade in Columbia and the Samuel Polk home.