May 2004



Kentucky Explorer!

Page 2 -- Along A Kentucky Highway - Highway U. S. 27 - Lookout Mountain Air Line

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

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

The Man Who Sold Kentucky

Would Like To Hear From Friends

How Fixer Got Its Name

More Info. On Lusk Ferry

Thanks For Seeds

Interested In The City Of Bushong, Kentucky

Graduate Of Dudley High School At Ary

Markers In Anderson County

Bean Seeds Wanted

Hebron Church Marker

Greasy Bean Seeds Wanted

More On The Bad Tom Smith Grave Marker At Vicco

Wants Photo Of Bailey Branch School

Need Help Finding Relatives In Wisconsin?

Bean Seeds Available

Kentucky Explorer Magazines For Sale

Searching For Info. On Hignite Creek

Still Searching For Saddlebag Purse

Fall Bean Seeds Wanted

Thanks For The Seeds

Tool Is A Hay Scythe And Cradle

Collects Old Pens And Pencils

Wants Salve Recipe

Would Like Yellow Tomato Seeds

Enjoy Letters And Pictures

Readers Please Include Postal Address

Kentucky Explorer Magazines For Sale

Wants Seeds And Words To Songs

Cemeteries In Breathitt County

Grahn School Reunion Set For May In Carter County

Searching For Photo Of Morgue School In Breathitt County

Wants Recipe

Need Help On Research

More On Hebron Church And McCall's Spring

Needs Info. About Song

Wants Recipe For Gritted Bread

Graves County's Greatest Mystery


Was Herald Near Bowman/Athol?


Page 10 -11 -- Prisoners Seized And Hanged By KuKlux Gang In 1877

PHOTOS: Sketches

Page 12 -- Old "Red Bob," Owsley County Moonshiner, Arrested In 1897

PHOTOS: Hollis Gibson, legendary revenue agent, investigated moonshine still during 1950s.

Page 13-14 -- W. W. Pigg Ran A Successful Stage Line In Richmond and Irvine

PHOTO: Stagecoach ready for departure, Estill County, Kentucky.

Page 15-17 -- J. W. Lane Gives Graphic Details Of Fight With Tollgate Raiders

PHOTO: Tollgate at Constance, Boone County, Kentucky, early 1900s.

Page 18-19 -- Rex's Attitude Towards Food Brought Out The Beast In Him

PHOTO: Marvin Sullivan with his best friend, Rex, in 1951, Pendleton County, Kentucky.

Page 20-23 -- A Sketch Of Marshall County's Murder Trials From 1850-1891.

Page 24-28 -- Collier Family Enjoyed Life At Lick Fork Of Millstone Creek

PHOTOS: Collier home at Lick Fork, Letcher County./Family photos.

Page 29-30 -- The Why Of Wildflower Names

PHOTOS: Wildflowers in full bloom.

Page 31-32 - Three Winchester Police Officers Made "The Supreme Sacrifice."

PHOTOS: Memorial photo/Faulkner Family/Officers killed in line of duty.

Page 33-35 - Ghost Of Aunt Sally Mountain Brought Old-Timer To Prayer

Page 36-38 -- Former Blue Diamond Coal Camp Resident Recalls Poor Roads In 1918

PHOTOS: Mining company town Perry County/Map/Coal Miners

Page 39-41 -- Gen. John H. Morgan's Telegraph Operator Tells Of Adventure

PHOTOS: Col. John H. Morgan.

Page 42-43 -- The Stone Family Music Tradition Has Continued For Many Years

PHOTOS: Stone family photos.

Page 44-45 -- Efforts Were Made To Make Silk A Staple Crop In Kentucky

PHOTOS: Hemp field in Central Kentucky.

Page 46-47 -- Memorial Day Often Called Decoration Day By Kentuckians

Page 48-49 -- Memories Of A Graveyard Cleaning In Webster County

Page 50 -- Mina Hoskins Celebrated 90th Birthday In Perry County

PHOTOS: Hoskins children/Scott and Mina Stacy Hoskins.

Page 52 -- Gristmill And Old Engine Weekend In Clay City

PHOTOS: Gristmill.

Page 52 -- Larry Meadows Recipient Of Lifetime Dedication To Kentucky History Award

PHOTOS: Larry Meadows receiving award.

Page 58 -- Derby Day Invitation From Gov. Flem D. Sampson In 1929

PHOTOS: 75th running/Newborn filly/ Colts engage in game of "boxing."

Page 60 -- Rice Family To Gather For 75th Reunion In June

PHOTOS: Rice Family of Mason County.

Page 62-63 -- Short Gleanings From Collins's 1878 Historical Sketches Of Kentucky: Little Known & Mostly Forgotten -- From One Of Kentucky's Most Noted History Books.

Kentucky counties featured: Scott, Fayette, Josh Bell, Wayne, Woodford, Campbell, Clinton, Edmonson

Page 64 -- Kentucky Explorer Book Page

Books featured: Kentuckians In War, 1930 Whitley County and McCreary County Census, The Gallatin County Story, Books By Simpson

Page 65 -- My Favorite Place To Visit In Dear Old Kentucky:

This is a new column that we hope will be a success. In 300 words or less, you are invited to share with our readers your favorite place to visit in Kentucky. Please give reasons, directions, and photos (if possible). Let us hear from you soon. Thanks!

Winchester, Kentucky. Photo of St. George Hotel.

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

Protose Hash, Apple Stack Cake, Sweet Potato Bread, Easy Tomato Preserves, Coffee Cake

Page 67 -- Word Puzzle: Early Marriages In Cumberland County

Readers' Photos

Page 4-- Two white mules that belonged to John M. Crawford, Rockcastle County.

Page 5 -- (Cover photo) Salyersville, Magoffin County, 1912.

Page 6 - Steel-hull packet making trips from Evansville, Indiana, to Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky.

Page 7 -- Kentucky Scottish Weekend, Carrollton, Kentucky.

Page 8 -- The Pride Of Valley View painting by Mary Benge, Richmond, Kentucky.

Page 9 -- Burrus School, Convict Road, Bourbon County.

Page 11 -- L & N Railroad Crew, Rockcastle County.

Page 17-- Railroad crew in Corbin, Laurel County, 1908.

Page 21 -- Headquarter Company, 149th Infantry, (Camp Knox) Fort Knox, 1930.

Page 23-- Daniel Taulbee Family. 1915 on Frozen, Breathitt County.

Page 41 -- Red House, Madison County, L&N Railroad workers, 1928.

Page 45 -- World War I draftees, Muhlenberg County Courthouse, 1918.

Page 46 -- Crowd scene at the old Salem Church in Laurel County.

Page 47 -- Old-time preachers, Henry Bruner, Alex Profitt, and Jack Garland.

Page 51 -- Former one-room schools in Owsley County; Big Springs, Levi, and old Scoville.

Page 61-- Willie Drye, 1870s, Big South Fork of Rolling Fork River in northern Casey County.

Page 62 -- Mike and Nora McRoberts.

Page 63 -- Ed Ward honored for his contributions to poetry, Southeast Community College in Cumberland/Sarintha Esther Catherine Abrams Branson, ca. 1928, Carter County.

Page 64-- Jesse Pendleton and children, Montgomery County, 1950.

Page 65 -- Alvin Thomas family, 1947, Bath County.

Page 66-- Hilza Tackett, early 1900s.

Page 68 -- Manuel family members, 1966, Garrard County.

Page 69 -- Wireman family, 1933, possibly Wolfe County.

Page 70-- Joseph Henry and Maggie Dobkins Barnett family, ca. 1941, Pulaski County.

Page 70 -- Bacon Creek, Corbin, Laurel County, 1938.

Page 71 -- Headstone of Lula Adams Sumner, Harlan County.

Page 71 -- Wiremans, ca. 1920, Magoffin County.

Page 73-- Lizzie Davis, Haddlie D. Johnson, and Harld D. Johnson, Boone Tavern Hotel, Madison County.

Page 75 -- School at Lykins, Magoffin County, 1918.

Page 76 -- Avery family of Hart County.

Page 78 -- Menafee Hall on Old Pearl, Caney Creek, Knott County, 1946.

Page 79 -- Alka Alemandar Davis, 1948, David, Floyd County.

Page 80 -- Reece family, Danville, Boyle County, 1945.

Page 81 -- Virginia Graham Carey and Jessie Graham Medows, Mercer County.

Page 82 -- Delores Walker, Brenda Marsee, and Jerry Davison, early-to-mid-1940s.

Page 83-- Elizabeth Shockey Chaffin.

Page 84 -- Sons and daughters of Richard Heddie Vest and Bessie Hazel Rudd Vest, early 1940s.

Page 85-- Breck and Nancy Holcomb, 1915.

Page 86-- D. C. Stephens and Harriet Rector Stephens and their children, Wayne County, 1913.

Page 87 -- Cletus Justice, mid-1940s, Alaska.

Page 88 -- Old-fashioned hog killing, Letcher County.

Page 89 -- Mary Lee Dean Mauk, taken in 1931 in Morehead, Rowan County.

Page 90-- Nora Averil Trimble, ca. 1937, Johnson County.

Page 91-- Martin Luther Penick and Leona Colson Penick and their children, 1956, Dry Ridge, Grant County.

Page 92 -- Ellis family members, 1937, possibly Casey County.

Page 93 -- Bennett boys of Meade County, ca. early 1900s.

Page 94 -- Daniel Akers family, 1940.

Page 95 -- Matt and Laura Harris Watkins family photos.

Page 96 -- David Chaltas.

Page 98 -- Post office at Letcher, Letcher County.

Page 99-- Baldwin Clothing Store, Perryville, Hardin County, 1953.

Page 102 -- U. S. Naval Ship General Simon B. Buckner.

Page 103-- Dorothy Boyd Rogers, Danville/Harrodsburg area.

Page 105 -- Mary Elizabeth Wilson Graf, Nelson County; Anne Margaret Ford Wilson, Nelson County; Mary M. Kelly Ford, Bullitt County.

Page 106 -- Fifth grade class of Ellisville School, Nicholas County.

Page 107 -- Descendants of Willis D. and Rosa Gregory Culp, 1949. Some of the family members were from western Kentucky.

Page 108 -- 1929/1930 girls' basketball team from Curlew, Kentucky.

Page 109 -- Martin Family Reunion in 1981 in Clark County, Kentucky.

Page 110 -- Hardgrove family members, Somerset, Pulaski County, 1927.

Page 110 -- Loretta Walker Easterling and Gracie Jackson in front of Hitchins High School, Carter County, 1943.

Other Features

Page 49 -- Kentucky Roadside History Markers - They Tell The Story Of Our State: Confederate State Convention, Russellville, Logan County. Civil War Occupations, Bowling Green, Warren County.

Page 30 -- Sketches of Kentucky's Great Outdoors: Catfishin' In Kentucky

Page 34 -- Thoughts To Ponder From The Kentucky Philosopher

Page 35 -- Mystery Photos

Page 72 -- Songs Kentuckians Were Singing 100 Years Ago: Sleep, Beloved, Sleep

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

Aliceton, Boyle County; Bainbridge, Christian County; Ballardsville, Oldham County; Hazard, Perry County; Hazel Patch, Laurel County; Maple Grove, Trigg County; Marion, Crittenden County; Martinsburg, Monroe County; Massack, McCracken County.

PHOTOS: Farmers engaged in news and greetings Versailles, Woodford County; Street scene in Hazard, Perry County; Taft Day in Hickman, Fulton County.

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.

Ancestor's Soup; Cissy's Jackson County Roots; Jackson County; Southern Kentucky Past Finders.

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

Columbia, Adair County.

Methodist Church, Muhlenberg County.

Corbin, Laurel County.

Bloomfield, Nelson County.

Lawrnceburg, Anderson County.

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

Bradley, Sandlin-Ingram, Harris, Webb, Moore-Wright, Saylor, Combs-Angel-Miller, Lawson, Baker-Hall, Stringer-Daughtery, Crawley-Marshall-Stamper, Bond, Sizemore, Colwell, Whittaker, Quillen, Harris-Champlin-Sears, Payton-Shoopman, Baker-Duzan-Erwin, Couch-Stacy, Fletcher, Waddle-Turpin, Collier-Huddleston-Williams, Sumner, Winkler, Wiley-Wallace-Day, Reynolds-Lewis-Gilmore, Kyle-Noe, Jenkins-Christian, Whitaker, Ritchie, Elmore-Malone, Dailey.

Page 74-75 Family Reunions & Other Special Announcements

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

Page 78-95 I Remember By Our Readers -- From All Over Kentucky

Old Pearl

From Middle Creek: Sloshing In The Gene Pool

Lincoln County Memories

Decoration Day

On The Home Front

Memories Of Kentucky

Winter Memories Of 1940s

The Life Of Cletus Justice


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


Page 100-101 Readers Share Old Photos

Class at Blackey, Letcher County, ca. 1956.

Nancy Jane Hopkins, 1910, in Floyd County.

Dining room employees of Brown-Proctor Hotel, Winchester, 1946-47.

Mascot at Fort Campbell, 1956.

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Page 105-107 May Events To Enjoy

Page 112 Points of Interest Location Map/Order Form

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