February 2004


COMPLETE CONTENTS of the February 2004

Kentucky Explorer!

Page 2 -- Along A Kentucky Highway - Highway U. S. 62 - The Midland Trail

Page 3 -- Editor's Message/Table of Contents

Page 4-9, 98-99, 102-105 -- Letters to the Editor

1936 Deming High School Graduating Class Identified

Photo Incorrectly Identified

Fredrick Leroy Hook Baby Book Found

Robinson High School Reunion Successful

The Explorer Loses Long-Time Contributor

Lighthouse Pictures Wanted

Looking For Words To Songs

Old Classmate Discovered

Reunions Held

Would Like To Hear From Halls, Rices, And Akers

Carr Creek Legacy Wanted

Kenvir Reunion

Wants Fall Bean Seeds

Back Issues Of The Explorer Available

Vinegar Cobbler Pie

Elderly Lady Would Enjoy Cards

Wants To Hear From Kentuckians

Wants to Hear From Old Classmates

A Hidden Jewel

In Search Of Songs, Fall Beans

Good Attendance At Liletown One-Room School Reunion

Seeds Wanted

Thanks For The Seeds

Searching For Twins

Needs Stores Related To Morgan's Great Raid

Interested In Cockrel Genealogy

Bourbon County Genealogical Society

Request For Prayers

Regarding Old Clock

Searching For Army Buddies

Greasy Bean Seeds

Back Issues For Sale

Robert T. Morton Article Brought Back Fond Memories

Thanks For All The Response

Greasy Grits Bean Seeds Wanted

Searching For Billy Thompson

Good To Hear From Old Friends

Keeping The Memories Coming

Wants Photo Of Cecil Hotel

Relates To Articles

Wants Whitfield Info.

Collection Of Fabric

Use Of Coffeetree Seeds



Page 10 -13 -- Burton Stagecoach's Heritage Runs Deep In Wayne County

PHOTOS: Stagecoach scene on Ferry, at Burnside Post Office, and along the road in Pulaski Co.

Page 14-16 -- Bloody Riot Interrupted Election Of 1870 In Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Page 17-20 -- River Ferries Were A Vital Part Of Kentucky's Transportation

PHOTOS: Trail of Tears Wagon Train on October 13, 1988 and old ferry scene.

Page 21-22 -- Recollections Of The Night Abe Lincoln suffered Martyrdom

PHOTOS: Abe Lincoln, Abe Lincoln on death bed.

Page 23-24 -- Artist's Paintbrush Brings "West End" Of Berea To Life

PHOTO: Business Block of Berea, Madison County, 1940s.

Page 25-29 -- Reporter Tells Of Exciting 1901 Ride With John Wright's Posse

PHOTOS: Noah Reynolds and members of the Ku Klux gang, ca. 1901; woodlands of Letcher County.

Page 30-32 -- Confederate James A. Bradley Served On Chickamauga Battlefield

PHOTOS: James Andrew Bradley; Guns at the Chickamauga Battlefield.

Page 33-34 -- John Rowan's Name Shines Among Great Kentuckians

PHOTO: John Rowan

Page 35-37 - The Steamboat Was The Way To Travel Throughout The 1800s

PHOTOS: The H. M. Stafford; View of Catlettsburg Wharf; Ladies Wait On Dock; The Cricket.

Page 38-40 -- Historic Shelby County Was Early Site Of Cattle Development

PHOTO: Site Map; Tobacco ready for auction; Jersey heifers grazing.

Page 42-43 -- Recollections Of The Old Two-Room School

PHOTOS: 1951 students at Blackey Elementary in Letcher County; Mrs. Inez Baker, teacher.

Page 44-46 -- Part I: The Early Development Of Carter Caves State Resort Park

PHOTOS: Justice; Carter Caves pavilion ca. 1930-31; First cave guide.

Page 47-49 -- 1897 Bowling-Thornburg Wedding Was An Elaborate Affair In Pikeville

PHOTOS: Bowling-Thornburg Wedding Party

Page 50 -- Monument Marks Site Of First Court Held In Crittenden County

PHOTOS: Marker

Page 58-59 -- Reminiscences Of Gen. Castleman's Imprisonment At Camp Morton

PHOTOS: Frank and Joann McGuire Shell And Family

Page 60-61 -- A Young Citizen Soldier Tells About "Kitchen Police" Duty At Camp Knox In 1923


Page 62 -- Short Gleanings From Collins's 1878 Historical Sketches Of Kentucky: Little Known & Mostly Forgotten -- From One Of Kentucky's Most Noted History Books.

Pulaski County, Green County, Nicholas County, Johnson County, Cumberland County, Daviess County, Henderson County

Page 64 -- Kentucky Explorer Book Page: Readers are invited to send in their books and other projects (pertaining to Kentucky) to appear on this page.

An Owens Pioneer, Celebrity Relatives, Coal Bank Hollow, The First 4-H Club Center, Kentucky Roots, The See Family, Grand Army Of The Republic, Kentucky Lawyers

Page 66 -- Old-Time Recipes To Enjoy Conducted by Darlene Howard

Hominy Croquettes, Macaroni With Corn, Braised Beef, Sunshine Cake, Stewed Cabbage, Asparagus With Green Peas.

Readers' Photos

Page 4-- Lovely ladies of Madison County, 1914.

Page 5 -- Colson's Saloon in Bell County, 1890.

Page 6 - George Marcum/Bowlin Brothers Feed Mill in Clinton Co.

Page 7 -- Family of Mary Chappel, Casey County, 1950s.

Page 8 -- Great Heart Coal Marker, Harlan County.

Page 9 -- Children of Flora Belle Settle Milburn, 1966.

Page 15 -- Red Goose Bus (Cover Photo), Daviess County.

Page 20-- Leslie Hale Soda Fountain, Muhlenberg County, 1925.

Page 24 -- Chevrolet dealership, Madison County, ca. 1930.

Page 34-- Dodd's Cotton Gin, near Hickman on the Mississippi River.

Page 41 -- Homeplace of Rev. and Mrs. (Bessie) C. L. Bruington, 1910.

Page 49 -- Are these the children of George Proctor and Nancy Graves? Is this mother and baby descendants of Benjamin S. Duncan?

Page 58-- James Greenwood Rogers known as "Wildcat" Jim Rogers and wife, Petty Martin Rogers, Zachariah in Lee County.

Page 59 -- A Mystery Photo. Possibly Wills family in Montgomery or Powell County area. 1850s-1860s.

Page 60-- Everett Tipton and Lula Pearl Tipton, Estill County.

Page 62 -- Big Guns of Mackville High School, 1958-59 Washington County Tournament.

Page 63 -- Conner brothers, sons of Garley and Sally Conner, Madison County, 1950s.

Page 64-- Richard S. Smith and Nancy Ann Creech Smith, Lee County.

Page 66 -- Henry and Margrett Jones Osbourn, 1940s.

Page 68-- George Stephen Pawley Family of Hardin County.

Page 69 -- Great-Grandchildren of Mike McRoberts, Rock Fork, Rowan County, 1936./John and Nancy Pittman, Casey County.

Page 70 -- Eli Newton and children, Lee County, ca. 1940.

Page 71-- James W. Blevins and Sarah Blevins; Rowena Kelley. Photo belonging to Jack Howard of Brodhead.

Page 73 -- Brooksville Elementary School, Bracken County, Kentucky. Stagner family of Madison County.

Page 74 -- Eunice Dehart Richardson, ca. 1949, daughter of Levi and Vada Dehart of Morehead, Rowan County.

Page 75-- Maple Grove School, Rockcastle County, 1968-69.

Page 76 -- Cabin on Bee Branch, Wolfe County.

Page 77 -- Classes at Norton Branch School, Carter County, 1923-24.

Page 78 -- Old Regular Baptist Ministers from Knott-Perry County area.

Page 79 -- Flossie Combs Whitaker, Avawam, Perry County. Allen family, Cumberland County, 1940.

Page 80 -- Two-man chainsaw, 1955, Boyd County.

Page 81 -- Mabel Martin Wyrick.

Page 82 -- Skaggs/Fyffe family, 1931, Lawrence County.

Page 83 -- James and Jahazy Caudill, 1938, Slate Branch, Breathitt County.

Page 84 -- Dean family at Hays Crossing, Rowan County.

Page 85-- Fint family photos, Henry County.

Page 86 -- Taulbee family, 1935 on Devil's Creek in Wolfe County.

Page 87 -- Painting of Plummers Mill School in Fleming County.

Page 88 -- John Raymond and Rosa Breeze Stevens, Mason County. Omar Purvis, Bath County.

Page 89 -- McNutt family, ca. 1894, Bullitt County.

Page 90-- Miller family, 1942, Knott County.

Page 91-- Gross family members, Leslie County.

Page 92 -- Cochran family, Russell County, ca. 1912 .

Page 93 -- Slick Rock School, Jigwater Branch, Madison County.

Page 94 -- Croley family, 1915, Williamsburg.

Page 95 -- Peck family members, Greasy Ridge, Stanford, Lincoln County.

Page 96 -- Haynes family, Breathitt County, 1915.

Page 98 -- Caswell Woosley drafted into the Army, 1941.

Page 99-- Group at WMIK Radio Station in Middlesboro ca. 1949

Page 102 -- Shortest creek in Kentucky, Pulaski County.

Page 103 -- Faulkner Cemetery in Powell County.

Page 104 -- Alfred Hollon of Breathitt County. Letcher County prisoners quarrying stone in 1940.

Page 105-- Lee Moore and Kathleen Hobbs, Pine Ridge, Wolfe County.

Page 106-- Owingsville High School Class of 1951.

Page 107 -- Steed children, Fayette County.

Page 108-- Mabel Moore Hicks.

Page 110 -- Ladies in front of the depot in Bagdad, Shelby County.

Other Features

Page 16 -- Sketches of Kentucky's Great Outdoors: Ruffed Grouse In Kentucky

Page 32 -- Thoughts To Ponder From The Kentucky Philosopher

Page 51 -- Kentucky Roadside History Markers - They Tell The Story Of Our State: Sassafras Tree In Owensboro, Daviess County

Page 52 -- Wise And Otherwise

Page 67 -- Word Puzzle: Bourbon County's Leading Men

Page 72 -- Songs Kentuckians Were Singing 100 Years Ago: There's Music In The Air

Page 53-54 Kentucky's 1879 State Gazetteer: A Look At Kentucky Towns

Arlington, Ballard County

Albany, Clinton County

Athens, Fayette County

Backbone, Elliott County

Crab Orchard, Lincoln County

PHOTOS: Main Street, Lebanon, Marion County; F.A. Neider Co., Automobile and Carriage Trimming Factory in Augusta, Bracken County; Boeckley's Pharmacy, Latonia, Kenton County. (All photos in early 1900s.)

Page 51 Kentucky Genealogy Websites: Each month The Kentucky Explorer presents websites related to genealogy in Kentucky for our growing number of readers who use computers and the Internet.


Kentucky's German-Americans In The Civil War

Grayson County Historical Society

Rockcastle County

If you have a website you would like listed, please e-mail us at: [email protected]

Page 56-57 Readers Share Postcard Views ca. 1910

Logan County Courthouse

Middlesboro Hotel, Bell County

Governor's Mansion, Frankfort, Kentucky.

August Belmont's stock farm about 1910.

Hotel Irvin Cobb, Paducah, McCracken County.

Sherwood Avenue in Cherokee Park, Jefferson County.

Page 68-72 Kentucky Genealogy Help Line: Queries are published free up to 50 words as space is available.

Horn, Smith, Thompson, James, Baugh, Carroll, Hall, Pittman-Snow, Gay-Fields, Haynes-Hanes, Connelly, Neece-Bush, Newton, Roberts-Day, McKenzie, Sargent/Serjent, Moler, Morris, Swain-Jones-Vantreese, Combs, Sansom-Stafford-Ryan, Stanberry, Hamlin-Ford, Patterson, Kelley-Pendleton.

Page 74-75 Family Reunions & Other Special Announcements

Readers Are Invited To Send In Announcements For This Column. It's Free.

Page 76-95 I Remember By Our Readers -- From All Over Kentucky

Mishaps and Adventures

Medicine Man

A Factual Folklorist

The Fyffe-Skaggs Family

A Child Of Breathitt County

Mom and Pop

Growing Up In Wolfe County

Life In And Around Plummers Mill

Some Memories Of Rockcastle County

Depression Day Underwear

Getting Stock To Market

A Town Like Mayberry

Page 96-97 Strictly Kentucky Genealogy Various materials to aid in Family History Research.


Page 100-101 Readers Share Old Photos

Sayre School's sixth grade, 1940s. (Fayette County)

Bee Beard

Southern Railroad #4501

Beekeeping students in beehive factory, Grayson County.

The Barnes Family of Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky.

Buckhorn School staff.

Gordon R. "Smokey" Hopkins and Geraldine "Geri" Amburgey Hopkins, 63 years of marriage.

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Page 112 Points of Interest Location Map/Order Form


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