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."


Here are actual letters from our April 2002 issue:

More About March 2002 Photo

Dear Editor:

The identity of the elderly woman pictured on page 68 of the March 2002 issue of The Kentucky Explorer is actually Lottie Finnell Williams, not Catherine Hall.

Lottie Finnell Williams was my great-great-great-grandmother, the daughter of John A. and Catherine Surry Finnell. She was born ca. 1805 and married John Williams, Sr., in 1830. Lottie lived to the ripe old age of 102 years and ten months.

The above information is documented by the Estill County Historical and Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Boonesborough Society, and elderly descendants of her family.

The original photo, which is believed to have been taken at or near the Fort Boonesborough site in the late 1800s, is now displayed in the museum at Fort Boonesborough State Park, donated by Lottie's grandson, Vernon Jackson. An entire collection of her dishes was also part of the donation, but all but one have since been stolen.

Elmer N. Wall
21 Sylvania Avenue
Winchester, KY 40391


Civil War Veteran Gets New Headstone

Dear Editor:

William W. Mosier enlisted as a Tennessee volunteer at the beginning of the Civil War and rose through the ranks to become captain of a calvary unit prior to the end of the war. He came to Kentucky, after the war was over, with his second wife and their children and settled in Carter County in the Rattlesnake Ridge area outside of Grayson.

In June 2001 two descendants of William Wesley Mosier; Earnest E. Mosier and his eldest son, Earnest E. Mosier II; placed a new tombstone at his grave in the Stevens Cemetery.

Betty E. Mosier
1010 Averill Avenue
Mansfield, OH 44906-3904


More About Job Iron & Steel Company

Dear Editor:

I am a retired steel plant engineer. Concerning the photo of the Job Iron and Steel Company, shown on page 33 of the February 2002 issue, this mill was located about where 27th Street was, between the C&O Railroad and the Ohio River. It was built in 1901 by the McCullough Brothers and was leased to the B. J. Job Steel Company. It operated from 1908 to 1912.

Its raw materials probably came from Norton Iron Works, just to the west, or Ashland Steel Company, a little further west. All of these properties were purchased by the American Rolling Mill Company (Armco Steel) in the 1920s.

Of these three companies, nothing is left, except the Norton Foundry Building. The Mansbach Metal Company of Ashland now owns all three tracts.

Keep up the good work with your magazine. I enjoy it very much.

Lewis W. Dunn
3761 Tanglewood Drive
Ashland, KY 41102


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