Ollie Bishop-102nd Birthday Party!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011 


On January 19, 2011 my wife and I were invited to the birthday celebration for Ollie Bishop's 102nd birthday.  The celebration was held at her retirement home in Conway, AR.

Ollie is the daughter of Isaac and Minnie Black, granddaughter of Mary Jane Hardcastle (1846), and great-granddaughter of Dr. John Hardcastle.  We were priviledged to meet her three sons, Joe, Larry and Pat, and her  daughter-in-law Valerie.

Mary Jane Hardcastle Finton Black lived with Ollie's family for about the first 19 years of Ollie's life.  She has vivid and wonderful memories of her grandmother.  Ollie's health is reasonably good, and her memory is remarkable for a person of this age.  The family has a number of  old photographs, including some of Mary Jane Hardcastle Finton Black.  They have many photographs of Isaac Lee Black and of Ollie's siblings.  Ollie's memory is very valuable in identifying persons in the old photographs.  There were too many to try to duplicate at a local copy store, so we agreed that I will bring a scanner back to Conway and meet with them to scan the pictures for display on the website.  We took a number of pictures at the celebration, and will display those on the website in the near future.

We had a great time and truly enjoyed the day.  The photographs, both old and new, will be great additions to the website.