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 December 2003 issue:
Searching For Baileys
Of Floyd County
My family and I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer immensely.
Through the years I have heard my mother tell stories of her childhood and teen years. These stories were of family gatherings and especially occasional weekends, in which my mother and her sisters, Lucille and Anna Sue, would invite friends to a get-together of music and good food at the homeplace. The guitar, mandolin, and piano were the favored musical instruments. While my mother and her family enjoyed all their friends, there was one in particular they lost contact with, and I would very much like to gain any information on him. His name is Charles Bailey, and he once lived at Harold, Kentucky, near the old Harold Bridge in Floyd County; with his mother, father, several brothers, and sisters. One of his sisters was named Ruth. He served in the Army or Navy during World War II. He and my mother, Mary Ozetta Layne, were good friends, and he was a very good friend to her brother, Ottis Layne.
I would appreciate any information about the Bailey family.
Box 5990, Route 979
Grethel, KY 41631
I attended the Sizemore Reunion at Ashland, Kentucky, on September 21, 2003.
My first cousin by marriage, Hazel Patton, was there. She had a picture of my great-great-grandfather's old monument and the new one that had been erected. My great-great-grandfather was George (Golden Hawk) Sizemore. She also had a poem in honor of him or the Sizemores. The poem described the Sizemores.
Hazel Patton and her son, Jerry, attended the dedication ceremony.
I would like to know if someone who attended the ceremony would be kind enough to send me a picture of the monuments and a copy of the poem.
Lois Sizemore Larick
208 N. Fourth Street
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
Wants To Hear From
Thanks so much for a great magazine. We look forward each month to getting our issue, so we can hear more about so many people who have roots in the great state of Kentucky.
I would love to hear from anyone who went to Bill Brittian Grade School at Yancey, Harlan County, Kentucky, during 1939-1942; Creech Coal Company Grade School, Twila, Kentucky, during 1942-1947, where Mr. Long was principal; or Leatherwood High School, Toner, Kentucky, during 1947-51.
I graduated from Leatherwood High School in 1951.
My dad, Roscoe Fee, worked at each of the mines in that area.
Beulah Fee Robinson
602 Greenwood Lane
Trenton, OH 45067