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 March 2005

Magazines Available
Dear Editor:
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 Train
Depot At Altro, Breathitt Co.

Dear Editor:
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

Dear Editor:
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 pounds.
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
Dear Editor:
I am interested in the book entitled Prince of Eden by Marilyn Harris. I prefer the hardback, but the paperback will be acceptable.
Bertha Blankenship
3990 Highland Drive
Richmond, IN 47374

Special Thanks For Donations
Dear Editor:
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 size donation.
Billy Boyd
107 Private Road 1198
Gilmer, TX 75645