Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.

Here are a couple of queries from our September 2001 issue:

Seeks Information On 1880 Home

Dear Editor:

I am searching for a photo or photos and information relating to the home (pictured at left) and its past owners. The 1880 home is located in the Germantown Precinct of Bracken County, Kentucky, in an area called Stonwall/Stonewall.

The deeds show its past owners as William Henry Hanson, 1880; Jerry Hamilton, 1919; Ethan Morgan, 1938; and the Kaisers, 1996.

The poplar clapboard is original and is stamped "W. B. Matthews & Company, Lumber Dealers, Maysville, Kentucky." This lumber company was in business beginning in 1874.

In April 2000, the Kentucky Heritage Council in Frankfort designated this home a Kentucky landmark.

Mary Kaiser
2845 Garrison Road
Brooksville, KY 41004-7946

Mystery School In Jackson County

Dear Editor:

I need help in finding the name of a one-room school. My husband, Hobart Rice, attended this school in 1905 at the age of seven or eight. He was born June 6, 1897, on Bunkum Creek in Jackson County.

Hobart was the great-grandson of Rev. Robert Bingham, a Methodist circuit-riding preacher in Southeastern Kentucky. Rev. Bingham was buried at Maulden in the Union Cemetery beside the Union Missionary Baptist Church.

I have written to everyone I know only to find out that Hobart's family is all gone.

I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who might know the name of this old school and its schoolmaster. It was located near Bunkum Creek and Maulden Church and Cemetery, somewhere between Egypt and Tyner.

I am 92 years old and was born in Estill County. I enjoy your Kentucky Explorer magazine.

Bertha Mae Jenkins Rice
109 Walnut Street
Sunbury, OH 43074

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