Letters To The Editor

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 July/August 2007

5th Kentucky Infantry, CSA
Dear Editor:
I am seeking information on the Fifth Kentucky Infantry, CSA, for a book that I am writing. I am interested in articles, obituaries, old photos, letters, stories, service records, etc., of Fifth Kentucky soldiers.
Angie Chaffin
6988 Old Cabin Lane
Gloucester, VA 23061
[email protected]

Prisoner Of War Camp
In Bourbon County

Dear Editor:
I would like information about a prisoner of war camp on Clintonville Road in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky.
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and look forward to it each month.
Any help would be appreciated.
Rose Purcell
713 Williamsburg Drive
Winchester, KY 40391

Nicholas Hocker Of
Madison County

Dear Editor:
The February 2007 issue of The Kentucky Explorer contained an article about a springhouse possibly located on a creek called Hockers Branch near Turnersville, Kentucky. I have some information on a Nicholas Hocker in early Madison County, Kentucky. I believe it's the same man, or his son, mentioned in the article.
Nicholas Hocker was born in Virginia 1787 and died in Madison County, Kentucky, in 1854, at age of 67. This record was copied from a book called Madison County Records Volume 2, Researchers Publication.
Mr. Hocker was a county official in Madison County in 1816 when he petitioned the court to have Nancy Willis (possibly born in 1870) appear at the next term of court to explain why her son McKinzie (born 1795) shouldn't be bound out according to Commonwealth law. Court records say "McKinzie's father has absconded and left this country."
A copy of the notice dated October 16th indicates that Christopher Durbin informed the court that the boy was living on his property and wasn't destitute. Mr. Durbin was a brother-in-law having married Nancy Willis's daughter, Rachel, in 1814.
Nicholas Hocker's household is listed on the 1840 Census of Madison County: One male, 10-15; two females, 10-15; two males, 20-30; one female, 30-40; one male 50-60. On the 1810 census the listing for Nicholas Hocker is as follows: One male under 10; one male, 26-45; one female under 10; two females 16-26.
George R. Willis
19707 Grane Hall Road
Brighton, IL 62012

Park Dry Goods Store
Photo Wanted

Dear Editor:
The Park Dry Goods Store, formerly located at 12th and Blanklick Street, Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, was razed about 2004. If a reader has a photo of the store I would be pleased to scan and copy it, make copies for the contributor, and also pay for the certified postage before or after I return the original photo and copies.
My parents, Frederick and Catherine Seifert, owned Seifert's Bakery and home at 1429 Russell Street in Covington from 1939-1973. Mother would send my sister, Cathy, and me to Park's Dry Good Store with money and a note for merchandise.
Mary Kaiser
2845 Garrison Road
Brooksville, KY 41004

1958 Prestonsburg High School
Yearbook Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am looking for a 1958 Prestonsburg High School yearbook.
I will pay for the book and all shipping expenses.
Linda Adams Whitaker
11268 S. 250 W.
Silver Lake, IN 46982

Thanks For Song; Grandparents From Breathitt County
Dear Editor:
I want to thank readers of The Kentucky Explorer who sent me a copy of the song Where The Roses Never Fade.
The magazine has very interesting stories of past history.
My maternal grandmother grew up in Breathitt County. Her maiden name was McIntosh. Her first husband, a Gross, was also from there.
Millard Short
116A E. Main Street
Morehead, KY 40351

Searching For Long
Lost Friends

Dear Editor:
I am searching for two lost friends, Tommy and Satsev Jackson. I haven't heard from them since we were on a telephone job in Richmond, Virginia, in 1995.
Any information would be appreciated.
Juanita Fields
2601 Butler Street
Ashland, KY 41102