Reader Queries

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 November 2006

Seeking Info. On One-Room

Dear Editor:
James Clark Fryman (or J. C.) married Georgeanna Yazell in 1902 at Hilda, Rowan County, Kentucky. J. C. lived and reared 12 children on a farm which joins the property where the schoolhouse still stands. Russell Fryman, their eldest son, born in 1905, is my father. While researching I found that the Rowan County Board of Education purchased a tract of land from Seth and Mary Cooper in 1895 for the purpose of a school.
I am seeking the name, any information, and photos of a one-room schoolhouse at Brushy Fork of Triplett Creek where my father attended in the early 1900s (now called Big Brushy Road).
I would also like information on two small towns from the early 1900s known as Hilda and Smile, Kentucky. They are believed to be in the same area as the schoolhouse.
I would appreciate any help and will pay for copies of photos.
Adina Dunaway
1236 Prewitt Grassy Lick Pike
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353

Goat Cream Soap
Recipe Wanted

Dear Editor:
I, as many people, enjoy a good lavender soap, and I was able to get some from a lady in Florida at the cost of $5 per 2 oz. bar. This is too expensive to supply my needs. I need to make my own.
The soap is made from the cream of goat's milk, and it is unreal how great it is.
If anyone has a recipe to share with me, I would be willing to share some of the soap.
I live in Crittenden County, where there are many goats. Most of them are meat goats, but some are dairy goats, so I have a good supply of the milk.
Willow Charron
253 Old Jims Mine Road
Marion, KY 42064

Covered Bridge
Postcards Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am interested in postcards of covered bridges. I have a hand-painted photo of a covered bridge my brother did for me. It is beautiful.
I would also like some four o'clock seeds, if someone has some to share.
Patsy Tate
1040 Logana Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Machine Quilting, Songs,
And Bean Seeds Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am looking for someone who does machine quilting in my area.
Also, I'm looking for the words to Somewhere Over The Rainbow and In The Pines.
If anyone has any mole bean seeds I will gladly pay for them and the postage.
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much.
Carolyn Spaulding
8624 Bluebell Drive
Louisville, KY 40219