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 June 2005
Lady In Civil League
Last year friends gave my husband and I a one-year subscription
to The Kentucky Explorer, which we have enjoyed. When I received
the March 2005 issue I immediately sat down to look at it. I
turned a few pages and there on page nine was my precious little
grandmother. She is the little one, second from the left, in
the left row. Her name was Rachel Elizabeth Lawson Lunsford Catron.
She had not lived in Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky, very
long before her husband, Nimrod Lunsford, became ill and was
taken to Louisville on the train to Norton Infirmary where he
died a few days later. They had moved to Barbourville when he
and his sisters and brothers sold their part of a mountain to
a coal company several months before. My grandmother was a young
widow in 1909 with two little girls. The next year she married
James Fred Catron, a young bachelor attorney who lived next door.
The group in the picture was the Civil League of Barbourville
and the picture was made on the steps in front of Union College
Nancy Leger Thomason
1648 Lake Avenue S., Apt. 1
Clearwater, FL 33756
Sheet Music, Lyrics Wanted
I am trying to acquire the sheet music for an old, well-known
song that contains the lyrics: "Down in the valley, the
valley so low, bend your head over, hear the wind blow."
It is possible this melody has different titles and lyrics. Although
everyone recognizes it, nobody seems to know the official title
that would help me secure the music and lyrics.
Any information would be helpful.
1064 Oyster Bay Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Muscade Grapevines Wanted
I would like to grow the old-fashioned muscadine grape. I have
a friend who does the digging for me, but being on a fixed income
I can't afford many vines.
I would appreciate any grapevines any readers would be willing
107 Private Road 1198
Gilmer TX 75645