Letters To The Explorer

Dickey's Diary

Dear Editor:

Thank you for your reply to my letter inquiring about an index to the John J. Dickey diaries. Since we exchanged letters, I have contacted the Margaret I. King Library at the University of Kentucky, where the diaries are housed.

I was told that a comprehensive name index has been compiled by Wilma Winton, which is more useful than the basic file the library had created. There are four volumes in the original set, with one supplemental volume. The title of the set of books is Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Rest in Peace John Jay Dickey, and it is listed in the current Books in Print.

I telephoned Mrs. Pearl Bullock, who is the daughter of Wilma Winton. Two printings of the set of books have been sold out, and there are no plans for a third printing.

Mrs. Bullock remembered that the LDS Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, has a set of the books, and I have learned that other sets are at the Margaret I. King Library in Lexington, and housed at the library of the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

The index to the diaries is a valuable research tool.

Martha Heinemann
705 N. Belvedere Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38107

Seeks An Old Friend

Dear Editor:

I found out about The Kentucky Explorer while I was in the Harton Hospital at Tullahoma, Tennessee. I had no idea that such a magazine existed. Several of my friends are from Kentucky.

I need the help of your readers. I am looking for an old roommate of mine named Stella Laskey. She joined the Navy in 1944. She was from Somerset, Kentucky. We were roommates while we both lived in Louisville.

I married Robert Owen, and she visited me in Stockton, California, when we lived there, while Robert was in the Army. I lost track of her after I lost my address book.
She should be in her early 70s. I know that she married a Navy man, but I have been having trouble locating her.

I would appreciate any help in finding my dear friend.

Lucille F. Owen
609 Eastbrook Road
Estill Springs, TN 37330

School Photo Wanted

Dear Editor:

You publish a wonderful magazine. It has such interesting information and is one of the best. The pictures of long ago are very enjoyable. It is a helping tool for those working on family genealogies.

I would like to have a photo of the Sulfer School and the Clifty School, which were located in Wolfe County, Kentucky. Any photos of these schools would be appreciated.

You have a magazine that is tops! I look forward to the next issue, and it is hard to put it down until every word is read. I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into this to bring back memories of our growing-up years.

I have been blessed in finding some long, lost relatives through your "Genealogy Help Line." It is a valuable service. I am sure many have made connections with family and friends who have been lost along the way.

Keep up the good work.

Jane Goodpaster
RR 1, Box 231
West Liberty, KY 41472

Information Wanted

Dear Editor:

I would appreciate any information concerning "Bad" John Wright for a book that I am working on. Copies of published articles or any relevant material would be great. Leads to where I could dig deeper for information would be warmly received.

Thank you for your time and patience.

Wade Johnson
P. O. Box 533
Brodhead, KY 40409

Kentucky Native

Dear Editor:

I just cannot express how much I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer every month. I saw it over two years ago at my uncle's (Earl Taulbee) home in Sturgis, Michigan. I came straight home and sent for my own subscription.

I was born and raised on Acup Creek, and I graduated from Vicco High School in 1952. I would love to hear from any of my old classmates. It would really make my day. I see a lot of people who I know in your "Letters" section. I even got a pen pal from your magazine.

Keep up the good work.

Ressie Combs Smith
2960 E. County Road 300 N.
Milan, IN 47031

Loves Kentucky

Dear Editor:

My wife and I enjoy your little magazine. It makes us thankful that we are from Kentucky. She is 80 years old and was raised in Wolfe County, near Natural Bridge. We go back once or twice a year to visit. We left Kentucky 60 years ago, but we still love it.

Elmer & Audrey Combs
2185 Rosedale Road
Irwin, OH 43029

Appreciates The Explorer

Dear Editor:

Thanks for a great magazine. I have read and re-read many of them. It is like a visit for those of us away from the place where our roots lie deep in its soil. I love the old pictures and the family history. I also like the quotes and facts that run along the bottom of the pages.

Thanks for a great magazine.

Madeline H. Hall
1327 Ashley Hall Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Book Wanted

Dear Editor:

For two years or more I have been trying to find a biography on J. Morrison Heady. He was the founder of the Kentucky School for the Blind. The author of the biography is Ken Thompson. It was published by Buggy Whip Press.

I would appreciate any help in finding this book.

Mary E. Little
6398 Elk Creek Road
Middletown, OH 45042

Greasy Beans

Dear Editor:

I very much enjoy my magazine. I was wondering where I could find out about what my husband calls a "greasy bean." I have looked all over, but without the proper name, I don't seem to be getting anywhere. I would appreciate it if you or your readers could help me. I would like to have some of these beans.

My husband is from Evarts, Kentucky. He very much enjoys the stories and pictures of Evarts and the coal mines.

Keep up the good work. Thank you.

Sheila Goddard
5438 State Route 49 S. #53
Greenville, OH 45331
e-mail: [email protected]

WWII Veteran

Dear Editor:

Thank you for a great magazine. I am a 74-year-old veteran of WWII. I joined the First Armored Division in the spring of 1944 at Naples, Italy. From there I went to Anzio. I remained with them until the war was over, and then I went on to Germany as an occupation trooper.

Keep up the good work.

J. W. Heath
P. O. Box 381
Livermore, KY 42352

Seeks A Lost Cousin

Dear Editor:

I would like to have the help of your readers. I am looking for my cousin, Joyce Ann Saylor (?), whom I haven't seen since we were both young. Her mother was Rena Bailey. She lived in Harlan County, Kentucky, in the late 1940s and early '50s. I have so much that I'd like to share with her. I turned 53 on March 9, 2000, and Joyce is close to my age. Joyce was living in Blackey, Kentucky, when her grandfather, Garland Bailey, passed away. I would love to see my cousin again.

I read The Kentucky Explorer from cover to cover, and then sometimes I read it again. I grew up in Kentucky, but moved away when I was about 17 years old. We bought a small lot in Closplint, Kentucky, last year, and if it is God's will, our home will be back in my beloved Kentucky in a few years.

I used to think I was the only person in the world who loved my home state so much, but the more I read the magazine, the more I understand my feelings about Kentucky.

Life was hard in Harlan County, but the people were good, loving, hard-working people. We all did what we could to help each other. A person could always count on their neighbors in a time of need.

Thanks for your help.

Lola Kelly
178 Maple Road
Michigan Center, MI 49254

Looking For An Army Buddy

Dear Editor:

I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much. I am looking for a man I had basic training with. His name is Gary Fletcher from West Virginia. We had our army training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I was in the 16th Field Artillery, but I went to the 56th Field Artillery. Gary re-enlisted for six more years.

I would appreciate any help.

Rex Emberton
110 Rachel Court
Glasgow, KY 42141

Recipe Wanted

Dear Editor:

I was wondering if you or your readers have the recipe for egg butter. My mother made it a long time ago.

I would appreciate any help.

Azalea Rains
RR 1, Box 342
Woodbine, KY 40771

Grandfather's Final Resting Place

Dear Editor:

I have been reading The Kentucky Explorer for several years, first searching for copies on the newsstand and later as a subscriber.

The anticipation of each issue is as strong now as it was years ago, and you and your staff deserve much praise for the fine publication you put out each month.

I am wondering if my fellow readers can help me. I am trying to locate the final resting place of my fourth great-grandfather, William Price (ca. 1748-1831). He went to the Turkeyfoot area of Scott County, Kentucky, with a group of others, bearing land grants for their service in the American Revolution.

William and his wife, Nancy (probably Hiles), had 14 children and lived in Scott County at the time of his death. His grave is not listed in the D. A. R. listings I have seen.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I have information on the family that I would be glad to share.

Blaine K. Price
110 Old Post Road
Paris, KY 40361

Wants Copies Of Explorer

Dear Editor:

I am donating my issues of The Kentucky Explorer, for the years 1996 through 1999, to the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana, but I can't find January through May of 1996.

If anyone has these issues, or any earlier issues, please let me know. I would be glad to pay for them.

Eleanor G. Tenbarge
621 E. Iowa Street
Evansville, IN 47711

Russell County Native

Dear Editor:

My grandson, Reed Kimble Harrod, Jr., introduced me to your magazine, and I enjoy it very much.

I have looked for news from Russell County, but have never seen an article from there. I was born there in 1910, at Russell Springs. My family was among the early settlers. In fact, the town was called Kimble, Kentucky, for a short time, named for my grandfather, I believe. It was later changed to Russell Springs, due to the mineral water found there.

I may not be remembered there, because after graduation in 1927, I attended school in Bowling Green, and went from there to Frankfort to work in state government. I was only back there to visit family.

My parents, J. W. and Bessie Kimble, were lifetime residents of Russell Springs. They ran the Kimble Hotel for a number of years. I was born there. Later, my father was in the mercantile business until his retirement. He was also the first Mayor of Russell Springs. He passed away in 1963. My mother lived to be 97 and died in 1983.

I would enjoy hearing from anyone from Russell County.

Evelyn Kimble Harrod
403 Hiawatha Trail
Frankfort, KY 40601

Book Wanted

Dear Editor:

I would like information on a book titled, Mr. Baptist. I would love to have a copy.

Thanks for any help.

Raymond Parker
370 Lincoln Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502

Remembers The Old Days

Dear Editor:

When I receive my magazine, I go through it, page by page, to see if I can find anyone that I know. Then I read it. It surely puts my mind back thinking of my days of living in Kentucky, and how things have changed. I think of the one-room schools, the log homes, walking to school and any other place we had to go, doing chores, not talking back to our parents or elders, and how hard our parents worked. I remember people would work for 75 cents a day. I remember working for $10 a week, and going home and giving it to my mom.

People raise their children so differently today. We were raised to work, respect others, be honest, not to waste, and go to church. People were also allowed to correct their children back then.

Today, the roles are reversed. It makes chills run all over me when I hear children talking rudely to their parents and elders. I show my grandchildren and great-grandchildren the magazine and show them how things really were. They just can't believe it.

My three sisters and I all get the Kentucky Explorer. We all discuss it over the phone. Two of my sisters have found people that they went to school with.

Thank you for the best book ever. Next to the Bible, this magazine is my favorite. Keep up the good work.

Marie Stone
8660 Lilly Chapel
Georgeville Road
West Jefferson, OH 43162

Visiting Kentucky's Post Offices

Dear Editor:

First, let me say that I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much, especially the series on post offices. We have missed them in the last few issues.

Second, I thought you might be interested in a hobby or project that my husband and I recently completed. We have visited and made pictures of every official post office (and many CPOs) in Kentucky. When we started, there were 1,044 post offices listed in the zip code book. Many were closed before we got to them, and many closed after our visit. When we completed the state, there were less than 800 official post offices left in Kentucky.

At each office, we made a picture of the building, one of the clerk or postmaster, who gave us our postmark, and one of my husband, Wickliffe Sledge, by the zip of that office. He has his picture by 932 zips in Kentucky.

We enjoyed seeing the state of Kentucky. We saw places that we'd never have seen, had it not been for this hobby. In each area, we tried to visit the state parks and other places of interest. Meeting the many people and hearing the stories of their offices and communities was wonderful. Getting lost a few times was not so good, but we have a lot of good memories. We saw the big office at Louisville, and a few so small that you could stand in the middle and touch all four walls with your fingertips.

It is sad that so many post offices are closed. In many places, we were told how large their communities once were. Then the coal played out, the trains stopped, the highways bypassed them, the schools were consolidated, and now their post office was about to be closed. Their identity would be gone. Is this really progress?

Thank you.

Laurita W. Sledge
835 Sledge Road
Alvaton, KY 42122

Powell County Native

Dear Editor:

I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much, although folks from Powell County, where I am formerly from, must not send much in to be printed. However, we all lived practically the same way, ate the same foods, and dressed about the same. I enjoyed it all.

I am nearing my 84th birthday. I have so much to thank God for. I love the good things in life. I have never found time for the wild side.

I have shared my magazine with others, and they are now subscribers. Thank you for everything.

Clara A. Kinser
1632 Lawn Avenue
Middletown, OH 45044

Photos Wanted

Dear Editor:

I enjoy your magazine very much. When I read it, I get very sentimental about my family and childhood.

I was wondering if anyone could help me. When I was in the first grade, I went to Bowen Elementary School in Powell County. I think it was near Slade, Kentucky. I would love to have a photo of the school, if anyone would happen to have one.

I would also love to have a photo of Mrs. Proffet's class of 1964-65. I would greatly appreciate it.

Jean Ewen Norton
201 Back Alley
Taylorsville, KY 40071

West Virginia Explorer?

Dear Editor:

I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much. I have lived in Kentucky for over 50 years, but my first 20 years were spent in West Virginia. Is there a magazine like the Explorer about West Virginia? Are there any books about West Virginia's history? I am very interested in the history of West Virginia, as well as Kentucky.

I remember studying about West Virginia and Virginia, when they were the same state, before they parted and became two states.

Any help that anyone might give me would be appreciated.

Mrs. G. L. Briggs
3000 Riggs Road #5
Erlanger, KY 41018

Editor's Note: This is only a portion of the letters found in the May 2000 hardcopy issue of the Kentucky Explorer. For remaining letters and other features, get your copy today at your favorite news stand.