Freda Cruse Hardison

1003 Sunset Valley Drive
Mountain View, AR 72560
870-213-5015
Contact: fredacruse@yahoo.com

 Freda’s writing centers on the history of Stone County—the places and the people.  She was recognized for this work receiving the 2017 Arkansas Arts Council Governors’ Award in Folk Life for her body of work contributing to the preservation of and representation of Arkansas life and history including the Historical Driving Tour and 3 books—Voices of our People, Places of Our People, and Frank and Jesse James: Friends and Family. Freda says: “People are referred to me mostly by word of mouth, the elders of our community and the Ozarks, ages 85-106; spending sometimes days with them I interview and in some cases audio tape and/or video their telling of stories about the people and places of the Ozarks. These stories were the basis of Voices of Our People, the places they told about became Places of Our People. While doing the research for those books people told me “I don’t know if its true or not, but we have a Jesse James story”. After years of collecting those the verification process became that of doing complete genealogy of the individual to determine the likelihood of their ancestor actually having had contact with the James brothers, which led to additional interviews and research in multiple libraries, museums plus sorting through hundreds of newspaper archives, resulting in Frank and Jesse James: Friends and Family which was called “the most acurate depiction of Civil War in the White River Valley of Arkansas”.

 Freda’s writing centers on the history of Stone County—the places and the people.  She was recognized for this work receiving the 2017 Arkansas Arts Council Governors’ Award in Folk Life for her body of work contributing to the preservation of and representation of Arkansas life and history including the Historical Driving Tour and 3 books—Voices of our People, Places of Our People, and Frank and Jesse James: Friends and Family. Freda says: “People are referred to me mostly by word of mouth, the elders of our community and the Ozarks, ages 85-106; spending sometimes days with them I interview and in some cases audio tape and/or video their telling of stories about the people and places of the Ozarks. These stories were the basis of Voices of Our People, the places they told about became Places of Our People. While doing the research for those books people told me “I don’t know if its true or not, but we have a Jesse James story”. After years of collecting those the verification process became that of doing complete genealogy of the individual to determine the likelihood of their ancestor actually having had contact with the James brothers, which led to additional interviews and research in multiple libraries, museums plus sorting through hundreds of newspaper archives, resulting in Frank and Jesse James: Friends and Family which was called “the most acurate depiction of Civil War in the White River Valley of Arkansas”. Freda Cruse Hardison has
been recognized for her efforts to preserve Arkansas history by local, state and national
historians and organizations. Her books include:
2008 Voices of Our People,
2011 Places of Our People,
2015 Frank and Jesse James“Friends and Family”
2021 Birth of the Ozarks 1794-1839 Trail of Tears and
2021 51 Days with Grandpa John Richard Chitwood 1877-1974

51 Days with Grandpa John Richard Chitwood 1877-1974
Our history may seem far removed from us and our every day lives, the ancestral stories
handed down from John Richard Chitwood to his great grand daughter encompasses over
200 years of not only family history but our nation’s history. Freda Cruse Hardison has
been recognized for her efforts to preserve Arkansas history by local, state and national
historians and organizations.
2008 Voices of Our People, 2011 Places of Our People, 2015 Frank and Jesse James
“Friends and Family” , 2021 Birth of the Ozarks 1794-1839 Trail of Tears and 2021 51
Days with Grandpa John Richard Chitwood 1877-1974

Birth of the Ozarks 1794-1839
Myron Paine, Author, The Frozen Trail – “I feel blessed to know this wonderful person
and incredible researcher. I have learned much from her. This book, like her others,
provides genealogical ancestoral lineages and historical accounts against the backdrop of
history.”
“The historical accounting of the people and lineages demonstrate her theory of this
region of the U.S. and how it continues to be like stepping back in time in these small
rural towns.” Chief Don Greene, Author, Shawnee Heritage.

Directions to

Freda Cruse Hardison

From the Junction of 5, 9, 14 at Sylamore/ Anglers Restaurant—continue on Highway 5 North 3.5 miles to the first paved road Sunset Valley, turn right, come 1 mile on paved road to 1003 Sunset Valley Road on the right.