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
Fredrick Leroy Hook
Baby Book Found
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
HC 74 Box 647
Vanceburg, KY 41179
Looking For Words To Song
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?
12 Parke Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
Old Classmate Discovered
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