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 February 2003

Looking For Guffey Photo
Dear Editor:
I am looking for a picture of my grandfather, Joe Leslie Guffey, born 10/12/1890, with his horse. Joe was shot to death in Clinton County, Kentucky, on March 7, 1948.
Ken Kerns
P. O. Box 357
Bunker Hill, IN 46914
[email protected]

Where's The Cemetery?
Dear Editor:
A few weeks ago I went to Pikeville, Kentucky. There used to be a cemetery across the highway from Weddington Plaza. My grandfather and his sisters were buried there, but the cemetery has disappeared and I can't find out where my grandfather, Thulmore Weddington, and family are buried. I sure would appreciate it if someone could help me. Two of my great aunts were Liza Steel and Bell Williamson.
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and look forward to receiving it each month.
Mrs. Ruth Weddington
506 Campton Street
Louisville KY 40208

Info. On Frozen Creek
Cloudburst of 1939

Dear Editor:
In reference to a letter written by Mr. Faulkner of Mt. Sterling, printed in the November issue of The Explorer, requesting information on the cloudburst on Frozen Creek in Breathitt County in 1939, I have some knowledge of this storm.
The bridge across Frozen Creek was getting a paint job when the storm struck. I was one of the crew doing the painting. As I recall the storm struck on the weekend of the Fourth of July. Being on the weekend the crew was at their various homes. I don't recall when the crew got back on the job, but recall there were some casualties (57 deaths) and a lot of damage.
We roomed and ate at the Jefferson Hotel in Jackson, and the rates were unusually low.
Members of the paint crew consisted of Bruce Carpenter, supervisor, of Flemingsburg; Pod Shrout and Bruce Hall of Farmers or Salt Lick; and myself. I don't remember any others. I was with this crew while attending Morehead State College during 1935-1939, and painted during summer vacation. One year a Mt. Sterling resident "Ol Henry" painted with us. I married a Mt. Sterling girl, Mary Clay Ledford, in 1939, and my painting experience ended.
I would like to know the whereabouts of the men mentioned above. Any help would be appreciated.
Marvin (Andy) Anderson
580 Greenfield Drive, Apt. 133C
Lexington, KY 40517


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