Letters To The Editor

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 February 2004 issue:


Fredrick Leroy Hook
Baby Book Found
Dear Editor:
We have enjoyed The Explorer for quite some time. We have moved back to my husband's old stomping grounds here in Kentucky, after living away for several years.
The reason for this letter is to try to find a family for a baby book that we found while cleaning out a basement in a pre-Civil War house. Even though the book had been in a damp storage area, it is still in pretty good condition.
The book was a gift from Aunt Byrd and Uncle Isaac. Their last names were not recorded. A newspaper clipping states that on December 6, 1902, Mrs. Charles Leroy Hook, Jr., had a fine nine-and-a-half pound baby boy named Fredrick Leroy Hook. He was born at Augusta, Kentucky. There are four or five pictures and a lock of hair in the book. The baby was named after both grandfathers. The grandparents names listed are Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Neider and Mr. C. L. Hook. The baby was christened in the Catholic Church by Rev. Father Griefaucamp. He entered Augusta Catholic School at five years and nine months of age. There is an Aunt Mary listed (no last name), also an Anna May. Lula Hines gave him a baby ring. In 1908 he visited someone in San Diego, California. In 1917 Frederick went to Cullan, Alabama, to attend St. Bernard College. Other people listed are: Aunt Alice of Millersburg, Mrs. M. Weimar, a nurse, and Dr. T. S. Bradford.
I really hope I can find a member of this family who will claim this book.

Pattie Everman
HC 74 Box 647
Vanceburg, KY 41179


Looking For Words To Song
Dear Editor:
I would like to know the words of a particular song and would like to know if any reader could provide them.
The words I know are: Will the angels have a sweetheart upon Heaven's golden shore? If they do Betty dear, can I be yours?

Elsie Palmer
12 Parke Drive
Richmond, KY 40475


Old Classmate Discovered
Dear Editor:
While reading The 1937 Flood Baby article on page 82 of the November 2003 Kentucky Explorer, I realized the writer, Floris Adams Freeman, was an old classmate of mine from the sixth through the ninth grade. We were close, and we both enjoyed drawing.
I would like it very much if she would get in touch with me.

Phyllis Sue Walters Baldwin
4879 Upperlong Branch
Ezel, KY 41425