Harry and Lorene Fowler expressed grief over not just the loss of land, but also the end of a way of life. In the above clip, Lorene Fowler talks softly about how the move was especially difficult for older residents who were set in their ways and not prepared to start over. In a separate interview with Morrison, she sadly expressed how the next generation did not seem to care for farm life:

When they [her daughter and son-in-law] first got married, we gave them an acre of ground for a wedding gift, and so he was still at the “kiddish” age yet, where he wanted a motorcycle, ‘n he thought they would ride, y’know, and– you know how they do, they go mudding…We told my daughter, whenever we give it to her that there’s only one thing that we ask of them, was to take care of the land…

Fowler’s concern that her children wouldn’t understand the dangers motorcycles posed for the topsoil represented the clash of old and new that certainly would have come to a head whether or not Lake Monroe was constructed.