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 June/July
Request For Seeds
Please inform your readers of my request for greasy bean and
plum granny seeds.
258 Store Hollow Road
Betsy Lane, KY 41605
Interested In Pulaski
County Historical Society
I would like for someone to write me regarding the story about
White Lily, Kentucky, in the May issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
The story was written by a member of the Pulaski County Historical
I would also like to attend a meeting of the Pulaski County Historical
Society and maybe join if qualified.
I attended elementary school at Sloan's Valley, Squib, Acorn,
Mt. Victory, Burnside, and Ano and high school at Shopville.
In May 1952 I joined the U. S. Navy, along with Cordell Eldridge,
Wayne Ping, Gerald Ping, and others from eastern Pulaski County.
After college I taught one year at Science Hill and one year
at Swiss Colony.
J. Leo Richardson
Covington, KY 41017
Father Nerinckx Contributed
To Many Churches
Your wonderful article on Father Charles Nerinckx in the May
2003 issue deserves a few more details.
The missionary's great physical strength is just part of the
reason for his fame. This man of average height, but massive
build, ate barely enough to keep most men alive and slept very
little while riding Pointer on a six-week circuit stretching
The 1902 article, author unknown, consists of anecdotes found
in Ben Webb's classic 1884 book The Centenary of Catholicity
in Kentucky, and Webb attributed the stories to Dr. Martin John
Spalding, the man who succeeded Benedict Joseph Flaget as Bishop
of Louisville in 1850.
Father Nerinckx's personal labor contributed to the building
of churches stretching from Mason County to Grayson and Breckinridge
counties, and he often rode 50 miles without stopping to eat.
It should also be noted, though, that he founded the first community
of women religion on the frontier, the Sisters of Loretto, an
act that has much to do with his place in Kentucky history.
Here in Spencer County, Father Nerinckx succeeded another famous
pioneer, Father Stephen Badin, in ministering to the Catholics
around Little Mount as part of his circuit from 1808 until he
left to minister to the Indians in Missouri in 1821. In 1815
he built the log church of St. Benedict at Little Mount. Only
the parish cemetery remains today, but St. Benedict served the
community well. Even after the parish center moved to Taylorsville
in 1830 with the building of the present All Saints Church, the
old log church was used as a funeral chapel until 1861.
By the 1870s St. Benedict's was in decay and its wood was finding
other uses, but at least part of it just moved from one Nerinckx
parish to another. The main beam, a 45-foot-long piece of yellow
poplar, was taken to Fairfield in Nelson County to be incorporated
into the present St. Michael's Church there.
244 Meadowlake Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071