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 April 2007




Searching For Books By
Nola Pease VanderMeer

Dear Editor:
I am searching for books by Nola Pease VanderMeer. I know she wrote the book The Tired Country Smile. My uncle has a copy. I would like to find a copy for my mom for she was named after Nola. Also, my minister would like a copy. It is a wonderful book. I was told that she may have written a second book, but I have never been able to find out the title or when this second book might have been published.
Jan Peters Ziegenfus
4691 E. County Road 150 S.
Greensburg, IN 47240


Interested In Genealogy
Dear Editor:
I am so thankful for The Kentucky Explorer magazine. My parents were from Breathitt County, Kentucky, and through the magazine I can find out about my ancestors. I was like most children and didn't ask my parents questions about them or their families when I was growing up. What little I did hear from time to time was that they both grew up in Breathitt County, and they got married in Salyersville. Now, years after their deaths, I am very interested in my background. I have been doing my family's genealogy for almost five years.
I have learned so much from this magazine. I look forward to every issue, and each one usually contains something about my ancestors. Keep up the good work, for there are many people out there who feel the way I do. I think I am kin to about every family in Breathitt County, or it seems that way.
Wilma Walters Wells
159 Vaughn Ridge Road
London, KY 40741


Photos Of Liggett
Coal Camp Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am looking for photos of the Liggett Coal Camp in Harlan County, Kentucky. I am especially interested in photos of the school, the boardinghouse for the miners, or photos taken of different houses in the coal camp. I lived there from 1952 to 1960. Our house was located on the hill across from the boardinghouse.
Brenda Seegraves Lee
2831 Beland Keego
Harbor, MI 48320
248/681-0112


Old-fashioned Long Field
Corn Wanted

Dear Editor:
I would like to have some the old-fashioned long field corn. I cannot find this type of corn anywhere.
I will gladly pay the postage.
Brenda Fay Akers
12 Weeping Willow Drive
Grethel, KY 41631


Wants Words And Music
Dear Editor:
I have been receiving The Kentucky Explorer for approximately five years. I enjoy the magazine very much and have made many friends and also found friends from my childhood.
I am looking for the words and music to several songs: There's A Hand That's A Waiting and His Boundless Love by the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet and Child Of The King by Vestal Goodman.
Ruth Hall
312 Schaffer Street
Henryville, IN 47126