A step back in time

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM.

At the end of the summer, the owner of the mother, Jimmy McNeill, gave one of the pigs to Hardaway for his good work feeding and caring for the eight young pigs all summer.

Hardaway still lives near Columbus, in Midland. He told the story of his grandmother, who also had a home near Warm Springs, GA and was a friend – as Hardaway told it, a bit of a cocktail companion – to a young governor from New York named Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“When his wife was around, he didn’t drink, but when she wasn’t, he loved to drink and talk to my grandmother,” Hardaway said. “He could charm a bud out of a tree.”

Hardaway visited Camp Palms throughout the 1920s and 1930s before heading off to college at the Virginia Military Institute and the ensuing outbreak of world war sent his life on another path.

His last trip, Hardaway recalled, came while he was stationed at the Pensacola Air Base just before World War II.

On Monday, he regaled his family and McNeill with photos from an old scrapbook that provided picture to the words that spilled, lucidly and vigorously, from his mouth, though McNeill noted the memories came from a different era altogether.

“We didn’t enjoy Indian Pass the way y’all did,” McNeill said with a laugh. “We were always too busy trying to make a living.”

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