Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries,
ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying
to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.
Here are a few queries from June 2005
Vet Enjoys History
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. I am a disabled Vietnam
veteran who doesn't get around much anymore.
I am a history buff, and I have read some good material in the
magazine. I study the Civil War, Black history, old town scenes,
etc. It may seem odd that a white boy growing up in Grayson County
really enjoys reading about Black history.
I have traced my family tree back to Germany/Ireland. My descendants
landed in Barbados and worked seven years to get passage to New
1114 S. 4th St., #1609
Louisville, KY 40203
I'm a new subscriber of The Kentucky Explorer. I also ordered
the back issues, and I have read them alot.
I would like to know if anyone has old-time yellow tomato seeds,
the ones with the pink center. When I was a kid we used to raise
these tomatoes. I'm 82 years old now.
I would appreciate any help.
Gladys L. Burden
P. O. Box 105
Millersburg, KY 40348
Two Little Children
On page 102 of the April 2005 issue of The Kentucky Explorer
a reader, Lee Reardon, writes to request the words to a song
Two Little Children. I have no idea how old this song is, and
the only person I ever heard sing it was my mother, who was born
in 1901. My older brother and sister, who are now deceased, agreed
with me that they had never heard it anywhere else. I know all
the words as they were told to me. They differ only slightly
from Lee Reardon's version.
Two Little Children
Two little children, a girl and a boy, sat by an old church door.
The little girl's feet were as brown as the curls that fell on
the dress that she wore. The little boy's clothes were all tattered
and torn, tears shown in his blue eyes. "Why don't you go
home to your Mama?" I said and this was the maiden's reply:
"Mama's in heaven, they took her away. Left Jim and I all
alone. We came here to rest at the close of the day, for we have
no Mama at home. Papa got drowned on the sea long ago. We waited
all night on the shore. He was a life-saving captain, you know,
and he never came back anymore." The sexton came early to
ring the church bell. He found them beneath the snow white. Two
little children, a girl and a boy, had gone to meet Mama that
My mother knew many poems, songs, and stories. I would really
like to know if anyone knows the words to a poem that begins,
"I am a little kitten and my name is Tabby Gray. I live
in a farmhouse, some 20 miles away." Later in the poem I
recall the words, "The milk comes rich and foaming, fresh
from the good old cow and after I have lapped it, I frolic, you
Virginia Barlett Long
206 Aberdeen Drive
Lexington, KY 40517
Sheet Music To Song
I grew up in Hueysville, Floyd County, Kentucky. We attended
various Holiness churches in the area. My mother's stepbrother
used to sing the song, Deep Water or Wading Through Deep Water.
I have always liked this song. I have been trying to find the
sheet music for it.
If anyone would share a copy, it would be appreciated.
This song brings back childhood memories of attending church
with my family.
6060 S. 800 E., Lot 20
Lafontaine, IN 46940