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 November 2002 issue:
McDaniel Family Bible
In Reader's Possession
I have in my possession a family Bible that belonged to Jerry McDaniel, 1880-1953. He was the son of Arthur McDaniel and Mahalia Deaton from Breathitt County, Kentucky. Jerry married Sarah Gabbard. The Bible was presented to Jerry McDaniel by his daughter, Mattie McIntosh, of Hamilton, Ohio, on December 25, 1941.
Other names written in the Bible, I believe, are grandchildren and great- grandchildren. They are as follows: Mattie Walker, born December 25, 1935; Nettie Callihan, born February 1918; Clarence Callihan, born January 1914; Paul E. Callihan, born October 1933; and Herman Callihan, born 1936.
I am looking for someone in the family of Jerry McDaniel that would like to have this Bible. Please contact me, I would be happy for you to have it.
613 Glen Oaks Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
Need To Hear From
We hope to have the Powell-Sargent book ready for publication shortly, but would appreciate assistance of some of your readers.
We have a Xerox copy of Carter Powell's Bible, which gives much insight on the background of the Powell family, but would like to contact the descendant who has the original copy.
We know that some of Carter Powell's grandchildren settled near Richmond and Stanford, Kentucky, and others near Jackson. Others settled as far as Winfield, Kansas; Auburn, Massachusetts; and Arizona.
We need to hear from the Powell descendants immediately.
Also, we need a picture of the grave markers for Carter and Rachell Powell, or the exact location of the graves.
F. P. Schwendleman
2809 Clays Mill Road
Lexington, KY 40503
Remembering George Hart
In the story of A Look At Frances, Kentucky And Days Gone By on page 35 of the September 2002 issue of The Explorer, Mr. Patton talked about George Hart, the star of the Frances Bulldogs.
In the late 40s I was the play-by-play announcer for WHOP and WHOP-FM, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Coach and Principal Lewis "Bootie" Litchfield brought George Hart and the Frances Bulldogs to play in the Second Regional Tournament at Hopkinsville High School gym. (The gym seated about 600 people.) Every time Hart played the gym was full, with standing room only for the game. The fans were on him from the time he came out to warm up, until the game ended.
The last game of the tournament Hart put on some show. He had a fever blister on his mouth, so he brought the ball up the floor with one hand on the ball, and with the other hand he was applying Chap Stick to his mouth. That was all the fans needed.
Frances was leading with a few minutes to go, and Hart fouled out. The crowd went wild. Hart bowed low, gave the fans "the finger," and went to the dressing room. With Hart out of the game the Bulldogs lost the game in the last minute. I'm glad there are a few of us left who remember George Hart.
409 Hillaire Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42240