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 May
In the March 2003 edition of The Kentucky Explorer, on page 105,
there was a photo of some Morgan County students. The same picture
was used in October 1996 in the Licking Valley Courier. These
names might aid in identifying the students.
The background in the photo is the old, red brick, Matthew T.
Scott Junior Collegiate Institute built in 1904-05 and dedicated
by former vice president Adlai Steven-son, friend of the Scott
family in Illinois. Those identified are, back row, l-r: Fred
Coffee; Lawrence Cottle; Delbert L. Price (1917-1944), brother
of Anna Jean Allen and Mrs. Helen Price Stacy; Ben Vansant; Buford
Turner; Virgil Wright; and Robert Williams. Middle row, l-r:
Louise Johnson, Nell Caskey, Christine Ad-ams, Hazel Elam, Pauline
Stamper (Mrs. Arnold McKenzie does not think it is her picture,
as she said she was never in Miss McClure's class), Winsor Lacy,
and Helen Clarinda McClure. Front row, l-r: Russell Baldwin,
Asa Morton Nickell, Homer Craft, Denzil Fannin, Sherman McKenzie,
Junior Cottle, and Arthur Potts Wells.
Dr. Helen Price Stacy
555 Prestonsburg Street
West Liberty, KY 41472
Wants Books Pertaining
To Tennessee Areas
I'm interested in books that are available for the area around
Jellico or Pruden, Tennessee. If any of your readers know of
any books that pertain to these areas, I would like to hear from
Violet M. Appel
3288 Harmony Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45248-5126
Article Brought Flood
On July 4, 1939, my brother, Clarence Corder, brought me to Mt.
Carmel High School located in the Lawson community of Breathitt
County. We arrived about 9:00 in the morning. After parking his
car across the Kentucky River, and walking the old swinging bridge,
we climbed the hill to the campus, where he had gone to high
school. Many precious memories went through his head. My memories
were just beginning.
Brother Clarence took me up to the school office and turned me
over to Miss Lela G. McConnell. Dr. McConnell had founded the
high school in 1925, on land that Green and Cora Lawson had donated
for the church and school. I remember him saying to her, "We
have no money to pay his tuition." Miss McConnell replied,
"If he is as good a student as you were, we welcome him
to our school."
Another student about my age, Paul Major, showed me to my room
in the boys' dorm, where I quickly settled in to begin my stay
at Mt. Carmel. From there we went to find Mr. R. L. Swauger,
the architect and carpenter, who planned and did much of the
building of Mt. Carmel. We found Mr. Swauger working on Miss
McConnell's cottage. The faculty had decided that the founder
and president should have her own dwelling house. Today, this
same house has been remodeled and modernized, and it is the home
in which President and Mrs. Eldon Neihof live.
The friendly Mr. Swauger welcomed me to the campus work force
and asked me if I knew how to paint. He knew that I needed to
work to help with my tuition. When I told him that I would do
my best at the job, he told Paul Major to go and help me find
some work clothes over in the basement of the administration
building, then known as "The Mission Barrel." We selected
a pair of bib overalls and a long-sleeved shirt for me to begin
my paint job on Miss McConnell's house.
While looking for my paint clothes, I saw two young ladies making
ice cream in the basement of the main building. This ice cream
was for a spe-cial treat on the Fourth of July. These college
ladies had walked from Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute, then
located out at Vancleve, in order to make ice cream and join
the Mt. Carmel folks for dinner. The summer day was beautiful
with no sign of a storm anywhere. The next day was one that changed
the lives of hundreds of people in Eastern Kentucky.
One of the young ladies who made the homemade ice cream was Elsie
Booth. Along with eight others, Elsie was drowned in the cloudburst
flood that destroyed the Bible School that same night. I will
never forget her face. That face, pictured in The Kentucky Explorer
July/August 2002 with the article Elsie Booth Is The Rose That
Blooms Beyond The Grave, brought instant memories flooding to
Her beautiful life and testimony had made an impression wherever
John W. Corder
1043 Brook Crest Drive
Mason, OH 45040-1408
Editor's Note: John Walter Corder was drafted into World War
II while he was in high school. When his classmates were graduating,
he was in training in England for the D-Day invasion of Europe
June 6, 1944, at Normandy. God spared his life several times
from what looked like certain death and brought him safely back
to the U. S.