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."
"Big John" Bentley
My father, "Big John" P. Bentley, served in WWII from 1943-1945. He was in the 202nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Company A.
My father would like to ask if anyone has any information about any of the men who were in Company A with him. Some of their names are Russell McAllister, Steve Dardass, Joe Devigili, Joe Sobocinski, Jim Seigfried, Joe Balwinski, Charles Sexton, and others.
One man, Lyle Schwartz, keeps in regular contact with my father. Father has not been in touch with the others in many, many years.
Any information that anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Julia Bormes/John P. Bentley,
I read your magazine every month. It is a magazine full of information.
I was looking through some old postcards with Kentucky postmarks of the years 1907 and 1908. There are a lot of towns that I can't find on the Kentucky map. I was wondering if anyone could tell me where these towns are and what counties they are in.
The towns are Hatcher, Cane Valley, Bloyd, Bellsville, Mac, Coakley, Clipper, Spurling, Summershade, Summersville, Kevil, and Salonia, Kentucky. Any help appreciated.
Joseph E. Thornsberry
To the many readers who took the time and interest to contact me concerning my article entitled Five Brothers Survived World War II, about the Yonts family from Letcher County (published in the September 2000 issue of The Kentucky Explorer), I so appreciate your many kind comments.
I have been amazed at the responses, having received calls and letters from all over the country. Some were from distant relatives whom I had never met, but the majority of the responses were from people who had no connection to my family at all, or to Letcher County, so I certainly appreciated their interest.
Again I thank readers for their support and kindness, and also The Kentucky Explorer, for being such a great magazine.
Ella Yonts Sparks
I am working on a project trying to find the missing brides in Perry County, Kentucky, Marriage Book A, covering the years 1821 to 1847.
If anyone can furnish the names of these ladies, it will most certainly be appreciated. The reward will be in knowing that you helped to preserve a piece of Kentucky history. Also, it will be helpful if you know the names of the parents of the respective brides and grooms.
Thanks in advance.
A Fan Of Dr. Wilson
I am a long-time reader of The Kentucky Explorer. I appreciate the many stories relating to people who grew up, as I did, in the rural parts of Kentucky.
I am a faithful reader of Dr. Gordon Wilson's column, as it appears in the Explorer; however, I started reading his work in weekly papers in south-central areas of Kentucky, around Warren, Hart, and Edmonson counties, during the 1930s.
His article in your latest issue relates to gardening. I would like to add one other tradition that my mother followed in raising a garden in Edmonson County.
Mother always planted cucumbers before sunrise on the first day of May. Whether this worked or not, each can have his own position on it. I can attest to the fact that we always had fresh cucumbers to eat in the summer and pickled cucumbers in the winter.
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