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 June 2005

Lady In Civil League
Photo Identified

Dear Editor:
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 ca. 1910.
Nancy Leger Thomason
1648 Lake Avenue S., Apt. 1
Clearwater, FL 33756

Sheet Music, Lyrics Wanted
Dear Editor:
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.
Don Gaffney
1064 Oyster Bay Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45255

Muscade Grapevines Wanted
Dear Editor:
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 to share.
Billy Boyd
107 Private Road 1198
Gilmer TX 75645