b"Photo by Kimberly LangstonA native pine grows precariously over the edge of a pond near Whites Creek Trailhead. Abundant before logging during the 1890s, pines were sought for lumber because they were straight and easy to cut, making them ideal for mill-ing, but hardwoods were also cut. Razing the rocky hillsides of the Ozarks often caused far-reaching environmental problems like erosion and wildlife habitat destruction that took decades of effort to correct.with long hours and few days off. of urban Irish Catholics. He found This sometimes meant childrenwhat he believed to be a solution in were left to fend for themselves, orthe rough but peaceful hills of the under the care of older siblings. Ozarks.St. Louis Catholic priest FatherThere was clean water, game to John Hogan believed this discrimi- hunt and cheap government land nation and lack of opportunity, theto be had, as practically every other poverty and squalor it perpetuated,acreage of value had been purchased, and the disruption of the traditionalor was far too expensive.family unit was breaking the spiritThe problem wasn't that the 44| Ozarks Magazine | Spring 2021 www.OzarksMag.com"