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 October 2006
Yancey Mine Disaster
I was riveted by the article submitted by Jerry Asher (June 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer) regarding the miners who died in Harlan County and impressed by the completeness of the account.
The end of this writing is especially haunting. "Someone once said that if we say their names and tell their story, they will always be with us. To my knowledge not any kind of recognition has been made to these men or their families for their sacrifice. No plaques or monuments stand anywhere."
This is disturbing, and it seems to be true. After an Internet search I found a Kentucky General Assembly Resolution from 1933 renaming a highway section the "1932 Yancey Mine Disaster Memorial Highway."
Perhaps a local resident of Harlan County can verify if these highway markers are still in place.
107 St. John Road, #2
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Robertson County Schoolhouse
I would like to know if any readers have information on the old schoolhouse or post office on the Alhambra Road (Oakwood Road) in Robertson County.
My grandfather, R. W. Shepherd, owned the property on which the schoolhouse was located. It was an elementary school and was at one time a two-story building.
I was reared there, along with six younger siblings. My oldest daughter lives there now.
Any information or photos would be appreciated.
My parents, Frank and Wilma Courtney, passed away in 2001 and had lived in the old schoolhouse for at least 55 years.
Dixie Courtney Scott
RR 1, Box 68D
Mayslick, KY 41055
Old Regular Baptist
Minute Books Wanted
I am searching for any old Old Regular Baptist minute books. If anyone has any minute books of any Old Regular Baptist Association, and they would like to part with them, I would be glad to get them.
I am also looking for any photos (recent and/or older) that anyone would be willing to give of any elders, ministers, and members of the Old Regular Baptists.
I would be willing to pay for or reimburse any postage and handling.
425 Lisle Road
Georgetown, KY 40324