In the spring of 2005, before the great June 2005 HHH family reunion at Yellowstone Bible
Camp near Pray, Montana, I issued the following invitation to my Hardison relatives.
"I would like to give my children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. an idea of who my
Granddaddy and Grandma Hardison were and what they were like. I do not believe in ancestor
worship, but I would like to emphasize their basic values, which I believe were praiseworthy and
worthy of emulation. This is a big job, so I would like to solicit your involvement. You will all
get a copy of whatever final product is produced. Please pick two topics below or substitute your
own and compose a paragraph on each one. Email your paragraph to me, and I will compile and
edit the collection. You are encouraged to send any digital photos that relate (even imperfectly)
to your composition."
A draft was available for inspection and editing at the reunion, and this compilation is a result of
the collective effort. Any errors or omissions are entirely mine.
If you were born after 1964 and suspect that this document represents an effort to influence your
beliefs and values....you caught us red-handed. We admit it.
Doug Shields, Jr.
December 25, 2005
Grandma's childhood and family
My grandmother, Jane Jennings McKay Hardison, was born on April 7, 1888 in Carter's