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 office.
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, Kentucky.
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