Letters To The Editor

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor." However, there is no guarantee that ALL letters will appear in the current issue. Depending on availability of space each month, some letters may have to be deferred to the next issue.

Here are a few letters from our May 2001 issue:

About Ernie Pyle

Dear Editor:

Recently, one of your readers wrote "Where's Ernie Pyle?" asking for information on him. A photo in my dad's effects mentioned Ernie Pyle.

Dad served most of his Army career in the Far East and was an avid photographer. He didn't know Ernie Pyle, personally, but knew of him. He spoke highly of him. I guess Pyle went through as much as the other soldiers did.

I am pretty sure that the building in the photo was dedicated to the famous war correspondent. It is located in Tokyo, Japan.

Maybe there is a Kentucky Explorer reader who may have more information on Ernie Pyle.

Arlie C. Smith
P. O. Box 353
Salem, IN 47167

Exchanging Information On Green County

Dear Editor:

I read my first Kentucky Explorers while in the hospital. They were loaned to me by a friend, and I really enjoyed them. I have every intention to continue reading them.

I would like to exchange some information on Green County, during the years 1941 to 1946. I have a diary that mentions many different towns, churches, and other places.

The person who was keeping the diary never mentions her name, but she mentions the names Louella and David D. as teenagers (David being an undertaker), leaving a lot of dates, deaths, and burial places. Also, surrounding counties and towns are mentioned in this diary.

Anyone interested in trading information can contact me. Thank you.

V. Frances Ringer
P. O. Box 951
Frankfort, KY 40602

Pitman's Station

Dear Editor:

I have been a fan of your magazine for several years. It has a lot of interesting items.

I would like to hear from anyone who may have information on Pitman's Station in Green County, Kentucky. Any information would be appreciated.

Gary Phelps
4642 Sadler Road
Leitchfield, KY 42754

Power Of The Press

Dear Editor:

The power of the press never ceases to amaze me. I am the person who wrote to you about how I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and that I had heirloom pole bean seeds that I had collected over a 27-year period, while traveling through Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.

I have received, at the time of this letter, 76 letters and phone calls, some from as far away as Nevada, Idaho, and Maryland; but most of the letters and calls were from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and surrounding states.

I started with putting beans in a plain envelope, but the post office wouldn't accept them, so I now have purchased large crush-proof manila envelopes.

Most of the people have sent me money to cover the cost, but for those who haven't, I've been mailing them anyway. I have a few seeds left, but the greasy beans are gone. I have kept enough to raise more, Lord willing that I am able to garden another year.

Thanks again.

Paul R. Gibson
8316 Gibson Road
Wise, VA 24293

Metcalfe-Casto Duel

Dear Editor:

I read, with great interest, the story about the Metcalfe-Casto duel. This story brought to mind a newspaper article from the Maysville newspaper over 30 years ago.

My aunt, Ethleen Smith of Dover, Kentucky, had given the glove worn by Casto to the Maysville Public Library. My great-grandfather, Dr. Mahlon Smith, a physician from Dover, Kentucky, acted as second for Mr. Casto and was present at the duel.

Thank you for your many interesting articles.

Boyd A. Smith
791 Douglas Avenue
Monroe, OH 45050

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