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 July/August
Lye Soap Recipe Wanted
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much. I look forward to each
issue of the magazine.
I am trying to find a recipe for old-fashioned lye soap; the
kind I used to help my mother make in the 1940s.
I remember using lard and lye and cooking it over an open fire
in a tub, but this is all I can recall.
I would greatly appreciate any information or the recipe.
June L. Salyers
6203 Daniels Fork Road
Ashland, KY 41102
Who Are The Craftsmen?
I am interested in locating the craftsmen who design and make
family history tables with scroll writing. They work with cherry
and walnut wood.
I will pay a stipend of $25 to anyone who can connect me with
information regarding these craftsmen. They have such unique
I last saw them at the Apple Festival in Paintsville, Johnson
County, Kentucky, in 1998.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
P. O. Box 690
Jackson, KY 41339
Interested In Springtime
Winters In Kentucky
Springtime in Kentucky always brings warmer weather. It also
has its share of cold spells, or as old-timers used to say, "certain
types of winters." There are the redbud, dogwood, snowball,
blackberry, and various other winters each spring.
I am curious to know if any reader knows if these winters occur
every spring, if they follow a pattern, or if there is any scientific
information on these winters.
P.O. Box 1194
Booneville, KY 41314
Where Is The Board That
Stood At Blue Diamond?
I would like to thank everyone involved in publishing The Kentucky
Explorer. I think the memory of growing up in Kentucky gives
us all something in common, such as respect and feeling for each
other, and the realization of how fortunate we are to have known
I would like to ask readers who had parents or grandparents who
lived or worked at First Creek or Blue Diamond in Perry County,
Kentucky, during and after WWII, what happened to the big glass
enclosed board, with a list of all the people who served in WWII,
after Blue Diamond Coal Company quit operations? I was back there
several years later and the area was abandoned. Vandals had evidently
destroyed a lot of the things in the area, but the board was
still intact. There was a gold star beside each person's name
who had lost their life in the war. I heard the board was kept
for a while on courthouse property in Hazard.
I know that many other people would like to know if the board
I would appreciate hearing from anyone.
Grover C. Thurman
251 N. Galloway Street
Xenia, OH 45385
Needs Quilt Patterns
I have lost my Little Dutch Girl quilt pattern. If any reader
could possibly send me the pattern, I will be happy to pay for
Also, I would like the Dutch Boy pattern.
P. O. Box 974
Beattyville, KY 41311
Thanks For Info. On Sloans
Valley And Burnside
A special thanks is extended to everyone who sent me information
about Sloans Valley and Burnside, Kentucky.
If any reader has any further information in the future, I would
appreciate hearing from you.
1101 Incline Road
Burnside, KY 42519