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 July/August 2005

Looking For "Granny Harper"
Dear Editor:
When I lived in Nicholasville, Kentucky, I knew a woman called "Granny Harper." She was a small person with a hump in her back. She was older then and had gray hair pulled up in a bun. She would dance on the Renfro Valley programs. She wore a bonnet. I was a child in the 1940s when I knew her. She would visit at our house, and I've watched her dance many times.
I would like to know who she was and where she was from. She is one of my childhood memories. I don't remember her having a family.
I would appreciate any help.
Faye (Marcum) Benningfield
2196 Janlyn Road
Louisville, KY 40299

Wants Long-Handled Gourds
Dear Editor:
I am on the lookout for some long-handled gourds or some of the seeds. I would also like some catnip for tea and some four-to-eight pound lard buckets.
I would appreciate any help.
Cora Harkless
260 Railroad Street
Hamden, OH 45634

Coal Mine History Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am researching coal mine history in the Pulaski, McCreary, and Whitley County, Kentucky, area.
In addition to researching coal mines that operated in these counties, I'm especially interested in the personal stories and other insights of the individual coal miners, where they lived, company towns, company stores, labor conflicts, personal concerns, life as a coal miner, etc. Any pictures of these coal mines, company towns, or coal miners, if they exist, would be great.
I would be grateful for any assistance or suggestions readers may provide in this research.
Aubrey Pennington
33 N. Hatfield Road
Liberty, KY 42539

Thanks For Response
Dear Editor:
Thanks to all the nice folks in and around Kentucky for their help in my request for the words to Live And Let Live.
I received 27 responses, plus two cassettes. A fine gentleman from Lexington sent a recording of the song his father recorded many years ago. It was very good.
John B. Woodcox
3124 S. E. 35th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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