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 2005


Treasured Old Photo Found
Wants To Know More
About Lucy Angel
Dear Editor:
I was born in Owsley County, Kentucky, on Upper Buffalo Creek at Mistletoe on September 29, 1923.
I remember going to the Lucy Angel Cemetery in Perry County near the Owsley County line with my mother, Sally Bell McIntosh Cormack. We rode a horse or a mule to get there, which was approximately four miles. I was eight or ten years old at the time.
Over the years I have thought about Lucy Angel and wondered who she was. I found her headstone, and it indicated she was born in 1855 and died in 1947. On either side of her grave are Burnses, perhaps, her brothers. I have a few relatives buried there, which include the last names of McIntosh, Gilbert, Burns, and Baker.
I would like to know more about Lucy Angel.
Ralph Carmack
12400 US 421 N.
Frankfort, KY 40601


Would Like To Hear
From Old Acquaintances

Dear Editor:
I was reared in Perry County, Kentucky, and lived on Lotts Creek, about ten miles from Hazard, and went to the Grigsby School.
I left Perry County about 1944 and moved to Illinois. I would love to hear from some of the people who remember me.
There were five of us kids: Claude, Mable, Clifford, Clyde, and myself. Mable and Clyde have passed away. Claude lived in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, and Clifford is a pastor and still lives on Lotts Creek.
I remember one day at school my brother, Claude, was on the monkey bars. When he dropped down he fell on Bill Dobson, who was on the ground below him. Bill almost bit off his tongue. After it healed Bill would sit in class with his pencil stuck through the hole in his tongue.
I had two good friends, Louis Sizemore and Maxine Richie. I would love to hear from them. Rufus Fugate sat behind me in class. He would try to get me tickled every week when Miss Esther came to the school for Bible class.
I enjoy the Kentucky Explorer and would like to hear more about Lotts Creek.
Daisy Saddler
15 Rhine Road
Raleigh, IL 62977
618/268-4463


Wants Info. On
Mary Jane Steel Early

Dear Editor:
In the November 2004 issue of The Kentucky Explorer was an article about the Rev. John Dawson Steele. I believe he was related to my great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Steele Early. Her parents were William and Rebecca Dowers Steele of Adair County.
Any information would be appreciated.
Darleen R. Clark
9400 N. County Road 200 E.
Brazil, IN 47834


Thanks For Info.
Dear Editor:
I want to thank all the readers of The Kentucky Explorer who got in touch with me concerning my request for information about John Bassett, Co. A, 26th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Little did I know the scope of readers of the magazine that were willing to contribute whatever they knew about John Bassett.
I could not write a thank you note to everyone, so I hope this will express my sincere gratitude.
Also, thanks to the magazine for making all this possible.
Clifford W. Dowell, Jr.
2910 Chimney Rock Lane
Louisville, KY 40220