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 March 2005
I have several issues of The Kentucky Explorer that I would like
to sell for $15. They are: Nine issues of 2003, four issues of
2000, and seven issues of 1999.
Sr. Anne Frisch Osb
2500 Amsterdam Road
Villa Hills, KY 41017
Interested In Photos Of
Depot At Altro, Breathitt Co.
I am looking for any old photos of the train depot at Altro,
Breathitt County, Kentucky.
I was born in Altro in June of 1931. My father, Johnny Spicer,
worked for the L&N Railroad at Altro and then later at Jackson,
Kentucky. My mother, Lula Ellen (Combs) Spicer, reared 12 children:
Mattie, Raymond, Atha, Clint, Troy, Decoursey (Al), Lloyd, Lola,
Leland (me), Arnold, Linville (Bob), and Mildred.
I would appreciate any help readers could provide.
Leland (Riggs) Spicer
1609 Oxford State Road
Middletown, OH 45044
Portrait By Jouett Hangs
In Madison Co. Courthouse
I am interested in the Kentucky Antebellum portrait painter,
Matthew Harris Jouett. I have been trying to locate some of his
works by going to historical homes, museums, courthouses, and
libraries in central Kentucky. I wish to share a brief history
of Judge Samuel Estill, a subject of one of Jouett's portraits,
which hangs in the Madison County Courthouse in Richmond, Kentucky.
Judge Estill was a celebrated Indian fighter and frontiersman.
He was born in Virginia in 1755 and married Jane Teas of Augusta
County and served in Lord Dunmore's War before coming to Kentucky
in 1777. Estill was known for his eagle vision and bravery while
serving as a scout at Boone's Fort in the winter of 1777-1778.
He helped his brother, Captain James Estill, establish Estill's
Station in 1781. He became the first judge of Madison County
in 1785 and served with Clark in the Northwest during 1791-1794
with the rank of major in the Kentucky Militia. He did not serve
in the War of 1812 because of his age and size. He wrote of his
desire to take part but couldn't find a horse to carry his 345
At his request Judge Estill was buried on Cumberland Mountain
near Cumberland Gap at the time of his death in 1827.
Any information that can be provided by readers about the present
location or ownership of any of Jouett's works would be appreciated.
Steven Ray Menefee
675 Chimney Rock Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Want To Buy
I am interested in the book entitled Prince of Eden by Marilyn
Harris. I prefer the hardback, but the paperback will be acceptable.
3990 Highland Drive
Richmond, IN 47374
Special Thanks For Donations
Thanks to Kentucky Explorer readers for sending donations to
help Indian Rock Baptist with the air conditioning fund. We still
have a few of the keepsake Indian arrowheads available for any
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