Paid for Church100 feet plank $17.002000 boards at 62 per hun 12.401000 D_lost by five 6.20hauling lumber 4 day at 2 8.00hauling Shingles 1 day 2.00D logs for floor 1 2.00D logs for buildings 3 6.004 days notching 126 1/2 5.061/2 day hewing .65Man roofing 4 days 4.00400 feet plank 4.00hauling same 2.00Building fireplace 3.50Nails & hardware 5.00Calicos Candlestick & _______ 5.50Altar linens 2.00$85.31
We think the little log church was built in area near these two trees in Oregon County.
So - the cost of a log church in the pre-Civil War Ozarks was $85.31. But how to pay for it? Another page details accounts "Rec'd for the Church" which add up to $75.45, leaving a deficit of just $9.86 - a sum many clergy might envy when it comes to church building.
Hogan built more churches during his career: the little church at Chillicothe, whose stained glass windows were shattered by anti-Catholic night riders - "gentlemen of grips and signs" - who "belabored with sticks and guns the artistic little gems..."; a cathedral for St. Joseph, Missouri, more lavish than he wanted by urging of his most influential parishioner; and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City (first services in 1883) with its now-gold-plated dome.
In On the Mission in Missouri, Hogan mentions other churches he helped build across north Missouri, but often he doesn't mention their names. One small church built in 1865, however, he does describe: St. Bridget's church at Peabody (later called Lingo), Missouri, "a small neat, convenient frame church was built, at a cost of about eight hundred dollars, which was subscribed and paid without delay. ... I loved the little building for its name, its devotional seclusion, and the piety of the people who attended it.