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
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.
3744 KY HWY 39 N.
Crab Orchard, KY 40419
Big Rock School
In Breathitt County
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
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.
P. O. Box 809
McKenna, WA 98558
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.
210 W. Locust Street
Richmond, KY 40475
Of Two Schools
In Rowan County, Kentucky
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.
1848 Shatzer Road
Shiloh, OH 44878
For Lyrics To Song
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
2246 Richland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40218