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 September 2005
Sugar Cane Stalks Given
As Wedding Gift
I am writing for my mother, Jewell Duncil Cress, who is 83 years of age. She was born in Breathitt County, Kentucky, and attended War Creek Primary School and Mt. Carmel Missionary School. Her family moved to Middletown, Ohio, when she was in her junior year.
I would be very grateful if any reader has some spare sugar cane seeds they would share. My grandmother, Florence Hayes Duncil, married my grandfather, William (Bill) Duncil, in 1910 at Frozen Creek (Breathitt County) and a friend of the family gave the couple two stalks of sugar cane as a wedding gift. Grandmother raised and saved the seeds for 60 years, and my mother did the same, all from those original two stalks. Mom's health has been failing over the last couple of years, and she now lives with my family and me in Middletown, Ohio. During the move her cane seeds were lost, misplaced, or destroyed. She is very disheartened over this, and I am trying to find her some to enjoy for a little longer.
I will reimburse anyone for the cost of the postage and the seeds.
If anyone from Breathitt County remembers the Duncil family that lived down below Mt. Carmel School on Lawson Creek, please write and reminisce with Mom for a while. She was born in 1922 and remembers many names and places. She was 16 when her family moved to Ohio. Her siblings were Zorah Duncil Chambers (buried at the Lawson Cemetery), Mae Duncil Southers (deceased), Shade Duncil (deceased), Parielee Duncil Holtgreven (Dayton, Ohio), Warren Duncil (deceased), Connell Duncil (deceased, named after Miss McConnell from Mt. Carmel), Paul Duncil (deceased), and Irma Jean Duncil Tomlin (Tooele, Utah). Please, feel free to share stories with Mom.
9421 Puddenbag Road
Middletown, OH 45042
Callihan Photo Identification
On page 101 of the June 2005 issue of The Kentucky Explorer the photo of the John Callihan family was incorrectly identified. Following is the correct information for the photo:
The John Callihan family at his daughter's (Polly Callihan Day) funeral in June 1928. L-R: Mattie Callihan Boggs, Katie Callihan Mitchell, Louisa Callihan Frazier, Sarah (Sally) Callihan Crase/Crace, Green Callihan, Lloyd Callihan, William (Bill) Callihan, and John Callihan (father of all except small boy who is J. D. Callahan, John's grandson). The lady beside John Callihan is Mary Elizabeth Fields, who, at one time, had been married to John.
P. O. Box 14
Roxana, KY 41848