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 few queries from our November 2001 issue:

Seeks School Photos & Talt Hall Book

Dear Editor:

I am looking for a photo or photos of Millstone School on Middle Fork and a story about Talt/Talton Hall.

I am writing on behalf of my mother, Rachel Bates Berry, who attended Millstone. The school burned several years ago, and she is searching for a photo or photos of the school.
She also has a portion of the Talt/Talton Hall book and would like to locate a complete copy.

Any help in obtaining this information would be greatly appreciated.

Mattie L. Childers
322 North Hills Road
Corbin, KY 40701-4909
[email protected]

Seeking Richard V. Smith

Dear Editor:

I am from Corbin, Kentucky, but moved to Stanford in 1963. I am now 78 years old and live near my daughter.

While I lived in Corbin, Richard V. Smith published some photos in the newspaper there. I was told that he was close kin to our family, so I wrote to Mr. Smith, but he is no longer at the given address. I would like for him to get in touch with me.

Thank you. God bless.

Dora C. Smith
227 Powell Street
Stanford, KY 40484

549th Field Artillery Buddies

Dear Editor:

I am a new subscriber and enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.

I am a World War II veteran. I served in the Army from October 1942 to February 1946 with the 549th Field Artillery.

After training at Camp Breckinridge I was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, and then overseas. I landed at South Hampton, England, on December 24, 1942; and after crossing the English Channel was convoyed to France, Belgium, and Holland, making my way to the front lines on the Rhine River at Rurr Valley, Germany.

Several of the 549th were together throughout the war. Being the oldest in the gun crew, everyone called me "Pop."

When the war ended we were near Munich, Germany. We were scattered before being discharged, and I lost contact with some of the men.

I am trying to locate three of my buddies: Harley Weaver of Indiana; Clarence Peck from near Waco, Texas (originally from Pennsylvania); and Ralph "Sam" Blatner of Lone Rock, Texas.

Anyone with information on these men, please contact me. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Woodrow Wheatley
1730 Big Branch Road
Campton, KY 41301

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