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Holding Up the Hills

by 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 20th 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 has been 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.

Leo R. Ward, C.S.C., was born in Jackson Township, Monroe County, near the town of Melrose, in 1893, and was raised on a nearby farm. He taught for four years in the local schools. In 1914, at the age of 21, he moved to Indiana to enter the Holy Cross Seminary at South Bend. After entering the priesthood, he received his Ph.D. in 1929 and returned to Notre Dame University to teach philosophy. His writings on Catholic education were used by Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the president of Notre Dame, as the map to create a world-class Catholic university.

164 pages, illustrated. $24.99

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