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 May 2007
Pike County Native
I am a native of Pike County, Kentucky, and was reared at Allegheny
Coal Camp at Manco, Kentucky. Manco was the name of the post
Kentucky will always be my home. Like many Kentuckians I had
to leave to find work.
I worked in the coal mines for awhile, until I had a minor accident.
I worked in coal from 26-inch to eight-foot seams.
I would like to read letters from other Pike and Floyd countians.
I'd also like to hear from Kidds, Salisburys, Halberts, and Turners.
I look forward to each issue of The Kentucky Explorer, read it
from cover-to-cover, and pass it on.
3411 Plumey Road
Northwood, OH 43619
Friends Or Relatives
In Millard, Kentucky
I am originally from southern Ohio. I was married to Mona Chaney
from 1950 until she died in 1992. In 1995 I married Gloria Bevins
Justice. We were married ten years when she died in 2006.
Mona and Gloria were both from Pompey Creek, Millard, Pike County,
I would really like to hear from any friends or family of either
of these ladies.
316 W. Herrick Avenue
Wellington, OH 44090
Rice Family Of Pikeville
While reading an article in the March 2007 issue of The Kentucky
Explorer, to my surprise, a relative was mentioned on page 28
of the "Some Believe-It-Or-Not Facts Regarding Kentucky."
The name B. F. Thomas (aka Benjamin F. Thomas), a noted engineer
(1853-1923), married AdaCourt and was elected without opposition
for a full term in 1884 and 1890. He died while serving in office
on September 18, 1895.
Jacob Jake Rice, my great-grandfather, 1826-1884, the oldest
son of James M. and Jane H. (Burns) Rice, like his father and
brother, was a lawyer and filled a seat in the State Legislature
from Lawrence and Boyd counties. He was also one of the most
noted Free Masons of Eastern Kentucky, filling the principal
chair in the Grand Lodge of the State,
He was a religious man and often preached as a lay preacher of
the Southern Methodist Church, of which he was a member. He had
his defects, but they were the foibles of human nature, rather
than great sins. He was from childhood troubled with obesity,
which grew with his age. Not only did it hinder his locomotion
but depressed his naturally bright intellect. He died from paralysis,
which commenced at Frankfort, while a member of the Lower House
in the Legislature, and died at his home near Louisa in 1884.
He left a large family.
This information was compiled from the books Lawrence County,
A Pictorial History, by George Woliford, page 166; and the Big
Sandy Valley, History of the People and Country, From The Earliest
Settlement To The Present Time, by William Ely, page 55.
John William Rice
7253 Anna Avenue
Warren, Ml 48092-2702