GRAND AND GLORIOUS ORDER OF HILLBILLY DEGREE
“After discussing side-line degrees with a friend one day back in 1969, 1 decided to see if I could put something down in writing to establish such a new degree. I could only draw upon my own experiences–born and raised in the Hills of West Virginia and now living in the hills of Kentucky. I could recall the outhouse moon; which closely resembled the Crescent, a symbol held in the highest esteem by all Shriners. This somehow reminded me of corn cobs, moonshine, etc. So I sat down and wrote. Slowly the new Degree took substance and form”
~ Jim Harris
Pictured are Howard ‘Dirty Ear” Stratton and “Shady” Grady Kinney, the founders of “Hillbilly Days” at Pikeville in 1977. It has been one of the events that has helped the Hillbilly Clans grow and raised a lot of money for Shrine Hospitals. Howard was on the Hillbilly News Staff and has written many interesting articles about the Hillbilly Clans and Hillbilly Days.
Following is part of an article written for the Sixth Annual Hillbilly Days…