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 October 2004 issue:

Thanks For Quilt Patterns
Dear Editor:
I would like to extend thanks to those who sent the Dutch Girl and Dutch Boy quilt patterns.
I suffered a stroke in June 2004, and I'm trying to learn how to sew and write again.
My granddaughter, Ola Spencer, assisted me in writing this letter, because my handwriting is still bad.
I would like to ask Glen Begley to send the book we have discussed.
Ola Deaton
P. O. Box 974
Beattyville, KY 41311

More Ghost Stories
Dear Editor:
I look forward to receiving The Kentucky Explorer each month.
I would like to see more ghost stories in the magazine and would like to receive letters from anyone who would like to share stories of strange happenings.
I am interested in acquiring Kentucky Explorer magazines from 1998 and earlier.
Diane Johnson
395 Sportsman Lake Road
Lebanon, KY 40033

Searching For Johnny
Cox's Address

Dear Editor:
Several years ago I wrote to Johnny Cox, Sr., P. O. Box 85, Siler, KY 40763-0085; with a request of some books he was advertising. The letter was returned marked "no forwarding address." This makes me think he had moved or is deceased.
Could this Johnny Cox, Sr., be the father of the UK basketball player during the 1950s?
Anyone with an address for either would be appreciated.
I still want the books he was advertising.
William R. Hamlin
P. O. Box 1716
Huntington, WV 25718

Wants Info. On Train Wrecks
Dear Editor:
I am looking for any information on train wrecks that occurred in Kentucky around the years 1895-1900. I'm hoping readers will point me in the direction of where I might find this information.
Also, I'm looking for a husband and wife whose last name was Carlisle or Carlyle that were on a train when a bridge collapsed.
Lynn M. Westphaelinger
[email protected]
618/229-1415, DSN 779-1415
Fax: 618/256-8768, DSN 576-8768

Wants Recipe For Black Salve
Dear Editor:
I am looking for the recipe for the old-fashioned black salve my grandmother made. She used tallow, Balm of Gilead blossoms (mammy gillum tree), rosin, and, perhaps, a fourth ingredient. I don't have any idea of the amounts of the ingredients or the manner of preparation. I would appreciate any help your readers can give me.
I look forward to receiving The Kentucky Explorer. Thank you for a fine magazine.
Kennith Helton
5247 State Route 753
Hillsboro, OH 45133
[email protected]

"Kentucky Native"
Bumper Sticker

Dear Editor:
I grew up in Ashland, Kentucky, and graduated from Centre College in 1974. Although I have not lived in the Bluegrass State since 1975, I still and will always consider Kentucky my home.
I would like to display this pride in my heritage via a "Kentucky Native" bumper sticker, if such an item exists. I have seen a "Florida Native" sticker, but have yet to find one from my home state. I would appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction.
Steve Daniel
4841 Brandywine Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464