by Father Leo R. Ward
“I used to think of our poor farmers as holding on to the sides of the hills, and scratching at the hills for a livelihood… I still see the men scratching away, but it is to support the hills and not the men. I seem to see men holding up the hills.” –From Holding Up the Hills
The dusty roads, the green hills, the small farms and the Irish farmers of Jackson Township, Monroe County, in the early twentieth century and through the Great Depression, live again in the words of Father Leo Ward. Holding Up the Hills is the biography of a community, a portrait gallery of the individual men and women of Jackson Township as well as a warm-hearted memoir of lives well lived.
Holding Up the Hills was first published in 1941 and was long out of print. This edition contains the complete text of the original, but adds photographs, both old and new, to show the people and the place.