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 February 2007




Cough Syrup Recipe Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am looking for a recipe for cough syrup which ingredients are onion, brown sugar, and perhaps horehound tea.
I am also interested in buying any books on the history of Lyon, Hopkins, Crittenden, and Caldwell counties.
Martha Sutton
3744 KY HWY 39 N.
Crab Orchard, KY 40419


Big Rock School
In Breathitt County

Dear Editor:
I always look forward each month to receiving The Kentucky Explorer.
If any reader has any information about Big Rock School located on Highway 30 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, during the early to mid-1950s, I would appreciate hearing from you.
My grandmother, Cora Spencer, was a cook at the school for many years, and my grandpa was the janitor. All of my brothers and sisters attended grade school there.
Shirley Spicer Carpenter
9758 Campton Road
Stanton, KY 40380
shirlcarpenter@bellsouth.net


Recipes And Brown Bobby
Machine Wanted

Dear Editor:
I need help with two recipes I lost long ago for pickled vegetables made with honey, and for sour cream raisin pie.
Also, I am interested in a Brown Bobby machine. It doesn't matter if it works. If anyone has one for sale, please contact me.
Diane Quigley
P. O. Box 809
McKenna, WA 98558


Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like to receive any kind of old-time tomato seeds and ground cherry seeds.
I will gladly pay the postage.
I also have plenty of plum granny seeds to share.
Dale Land
210 W. Locust Street
Richmond, KY 40475


Wants Photos Of Two Schools
In Rowan County, Kentucky

Dear Editor:
I am looking for a photo of the Caney schoolhouse or the Upper Lick Fork schoolhouse where I attended in 1937 and 1938. Both of these schools were located in Rowan County, Kentucky.
I will pay for the photos and postage.
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
Harold Smedley
1848 Shatzer Road
Shiloh, OH 44878


Searching For Lyrics To Song
Dear Editor:
My grandmother sang a song when I was young, and I can't remember all the words. It went, "As I wander around the homestead, many a dear familiar spot brought within my recollection scenes I'd seemingly forgot. There's an orchard meadow yonder. There's a deep old-fashioned well, with its old moss-covered bucket sending a thrill no song can tell. Tho the house was held by strangers, all remained the same within, as when a child I often rambled up and down and out and in. As I listen to the music flowing on in gentle strains, I am carried back to childhood, I am now a child again." This song was often sung by my dear mother to me in my trundle bed."
If any reader knows more lyrics to this song, I would appreciate your help.
Brenda Kirby
2246 Richland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40218