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 2006
Searching For Info. On
Corney McCamp Family
My mother babysat for the Corney McCamp (Kamp) family in Wacco, Madison County, Kentucky, in 1959-1960. I would like to hear from anyone who has any information on this family.
8551 Red Lick Road
Irvine, KY 40336
I was pleased Mrs. Elva Hatfield of Pineville, Kentucky, submitted the information on the "Seven Sisters" on Highway 119 halfway between Pineville and Harlan, Kentucky.
I've seen these formations many times in passing, as I lived in Harlan during 1953-1958. They are a wonderful site.
I was born and reared in Bell County, Kentucky.
Anna L. Bowling
2014 E. Main Street
Greenup, KY 41144
A Kentucky Son
Killed In Action
While reading a recent issue of The Kentucky Explorer I noticed the fact on page 71 about Keen Johnson, Kentucky governor from 1939-1943.
I was reminded that I have a letter from Governor Johnson to Mr. Jesse Turner of Combs, Kentucky, and also a letter from the U. S. Senate, signed by Albert B. Chandler, regarding the death of Jesse's son, Nathan T. Turner, who was killed in action on October 13, 1943.
Nathan is buried in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy.
I also have the last letter Nathan wrote home. It was dated October 12, 1943. Nathan was with Company K, 15th Regiment, 3rd Division. The famous Audie Murphy was in the same regiment but a different company.
After some research of Nathan's unit I now know that he was killed in action during the crossing of the Volturno River in Italy. Our soldiers were pushing the Nazis north and resistance was strong. The Volturno River was at flood stage after heavy rains.
Arlie C. Smith
P. O. Box 353
Salem, IN 47167
Cannel City High School
Graduates Of 1937
I was one of 12 individuals who graduated from the last class of Cannel City High School in May 1937. The school was located on Picnic Hill at Cannel City. At least six members of that class are now deceased.
I would appreciate someone telling me the status or whereabouts of Mitchell Wells and Marie Williams, who were among the graduates. I would also like to hear from Carl Lacy and Lena Holiday Hasty.
245 Bailey Road
Murray, KY 42071
Bonnet Pattern Wanted
When I was a young girl, my grandmother always wore a bonnet when she went outside to work in her flowers. The bonnet she wore had buttonholes on the crown part and buttons on the brim. When buttoned together it made a type of ruffle in between each button of the bonnet.
If anyone has this pattern, I would really like to have a copy.
6288 Trenton Franklin Road
Middletown, OH 45042
Info. Wanted On Old Horse
Racetrack In Lexington
I live in Lexington, Kentucky, right now, but I was reared in Raceland, Kentucky.
I'm currently trying to put together as much information as I can on the Horse Racetrack that was in Lexington between 1924 and 1937. The track was built by J. Keene before he built Keeneland. It was over 350 acres and held its first derby on July 19, 1924. Over 27,000 people attended that race, and five horses that had raced in the Kentucky Derby ran that day including the horse "Black Gold" who had won the Kentucky Derby.
If anyone has any information on the old track they would like to share, I would be very grateful.