Editor's Note: Quite often we receive queries in our Letters to the Editor from readers looking for various items, including seeds, words to songs and poems, books, magazines, old photos, recipes, etc. We have now grouped those messages together onto one page -- this one -- for your convenience in viewing them. Hope you find this helpful!
White Halfrunner Seeds
I am looking for some old-fashioned white halfrunner bean seeds and banana muskmelon seeds. Any help would be appreciated.
I would like to get the words to the song, Life's Railway to Heaven. I am 97 years old, and I sit and daydream of my childhood and think about this song.
My mother died in 1911, when I was eight years old. My grandparents reared me.
I can remember when we had hog killings. We had to go through many procedures.
I have been through a lot lately. I really enjoy the magazine, and I sure do miss it when I don't get one. I take care of myself, and I have some help from friends. I am still able to cook and wash dishes.
Fried Dandelion Recipe?
I really enjoy the magazine. I give it to my son every year. He enjoys it, too.
I would like to get the recipe for frying dandelion blooms.
Thank you for a wonderful magazine.
I am looking to your readers for help. Is anyone familiar with a book by Eleanor McAllister Hall called, The Book of Jared: The Family of John Jared, self-published in 1963? It was lithographed by Publishers Press in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family name is also spelled "Jarrett" with members of family in Kentucky and Indiana.
If anyone else is researching this line, please contact me.
Marianne Yellow Wolf
The Lincoln County Historical Society, Inc., is compiling a history of the county. We have over 300 family histories submitted thus far. We are starting with 1780 and running through 2001. The majority of the stories pertain to the pioneers of our fine county.
We encourage all readers who have (or did have) ancestors in Lincoln County to participate. When finished, these books will sell on a pre-paid basis for $53.50 each. Add $6.00 for embossing your family name, plus $6.00 postage.
For more information, please send a SASE to the address below. We thank you so much and look forward to hearing from you.
Luzia Foster, President
This is the greatest magazine that has ever been printed. It helps more people find out information or just remember their past than you could ever imagine.
I am looking for any 45 rpm records by Cuddles Newsome, who was from Pike County, Kentucky. He was my father-in-law, and he passed away in 1994.
Cuddles recorded several 45 rpm records in the 1950s and 1960s. I would love to buy them, if anyone out there has any that they would be willing to let go.
Again I will have to ask for your help. Last month in the February 2001 issue of The Kentucky Explorer magazine, I asked for the name of a song. A gentleman by the name of David Smith called and gave me a website where I could find the song. Unfortunately, I copied the web page address down wrong.
If Mr. Smith would please contact me again, I would really appreciate it.
I have an old family Bible that was given to my late wife in 1974, by the widow of a man by the name of Thornberry. Before he passed away, I learned that he was born in Central Kentucky and that he left that area as a teenager and had never gone back to his homeplace.
There is also a limited amount of genealogical information on a couple of pages with some birth dates dating into the 1800s.
The Bible has no specific importance to me, except that it was that of a fine neighbor, who has been gone a long time now. If anyone has a personal interest in this Bible (no book dealers, please), please contact me.
Roy K. Horton
I recently purchased, at an auction, three copies of a foreman's report of accident forms for the Elkhorn Coal Corporation, which is printed across the top of the forms.
Also purchased was a fore-man's time book, including the following names: Earl Branham, Glen Ratliff, Glen Hopper, Charles Ecker, Jim Thacker, Etun Conley, Graden Cox, K. Parrigen, Arnold Thacker, Glen Alexander, Woodrow Goble, and Vaughn Moore. The date in the time book is 9/30/51.
Anyone interested may correspond with me.
I would also like to hear from anyone from the Blue Diamond or First Creek, Perry County, Kentucky, area.
Ralph D. LaMance
Thanks for a great magazine, and also thanks for publishing my letter requesting seeds. I have received several responses. Thank you to the ones who I might not have responded to yet.
Now, I am wondering if anyone could tell me where I can find a plant called Christmas Rose (or the correct name, Hellebores). It blooms around Christmastime or thereafter.
Thanks for your help.
First of all, I want to thank you for your wonderful magazine. I look forward to each issue.
I am looking for two books, Guns Up and Semper Fidelis by Johnny M. Clark and Dark Wing by Richard Herman. I would be glad to pay for these books.
If you can help, please contact me. Thank you very much.
William H. Hall
I hope that some of your readers can help me. I am looking to buy, at a reasonable price, the book entitled, Stinking Creek, written about people of Knox County. It probably came out about 1965. I believe the author was from Lexington.
I would appreciate any help.
I would like to have a photo of two schoolhouses. One is the old Rocky Bend School, down on Long Branch Road. My dad went there when he was a boy. The other school is the old Victor School, located on Sand Hill, next to the Mandy Thomas storehouse.
I would appreciate any help.
My husband and I really enjoy your magazine.
I was born in Letcher County, Kentucky, in a little town known, at that time (1925), as Cromona (now Hay-mond). I can relate to many of the stories that you publish.
I have a request for your readers. I am looking for a crochet pattern for a turbin hat, especially with a crossed front.
Thank you in advance, and keep up the good work.