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 October
Old Plants Wanted
I have been searching in the Louisville area for two old plants,
Job's Tears and the herb Burnet.
My great-grandfather, I am told, grew the herb Burnet near his
walkway, so I assume it is a ground cover-type plant.
Inez Burnett Howard
2107 Edgeland Avenue, Apt. 1
Louisville, KY 40204
Vegetable Seeds Wanted
I am trying to locate white cucumber seeds; strawberry tomato
seeds; Dolly Parton tomato seeds; the little pear-shaped yellow,
orange, and red salad tomato seeds; and the big orange tomato
I would gladly pay postage for these seeds.
8187 Jamaica Road
Germantown, OH 45327
Honaker Family Association
The 19th annual nationwide Honaker Family Association Reunion
was held on August 10-11, 2007, in Beckley, West Virginia. Attendees
were from many nearby states as well as Florida, Georgia, Indiana,
Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. Headquartered in Beckley,
a Friday night picnic was hosted by Art and Janet Honaker at
their home in Pax. Saturday morning a business meeting and special
presentation by Historian Al Elswick was held at the Pax Community
Center followed that evening by a "good time" auction,
dinner, a Civil War soldier reenactment, and musical entertainment
by a Honaker group.
Four children of Swiss immigrant Hans Jacob Honaker were early
Kentucky pioneers. Peter and his family settled in Montgomery
County. Mary settled with her husband and family in Pike County.
Isaac and his family settled in Butler County and Anna with her
family settled in Warren County.
The 2008 Honaker Family Reunion will be held in Honaker, Virginia.
2303 Newmarket Drive
Louisville, KY 40222
Robert L. Creech
Of Harlan County, Kentucky
My father, Robert L. "Bob" Creech, was born and died
in Cumberland, Harlan County, Kentucky. He went as far as he
could in elementary school. There was no high school until the
Benham High School opened, so he was about 19 when he started
there. He was a player on the 1920-21 basketball team pictured
He had some college education. I don't know where or how much.
I know he worked in a coal mine for a while, but he quit that
job when he was offered a job with the WPA. After that he was
self-employed as a contractor until about 1940.
We had a dry goods store in East Cumberland for a few years and
then operated a grocery store on Huff Avenue until my father's
death in 1945. He died at age 45. His father was Jacob Creech
(1874-1951) and his mother was Mary Alma Coldiron (1881-1940).
Jacob was a farmer.
My mother was Flora Fields, the daughter of Felix G. Fields (1877-1952)
and Sarah E. Elkins (1880-1960). They were all from Letcher County.
Felix Fields was an Old Regular Baptist preacher.
There were three children born to my parents. I was born in 1933,
William Roger in 1935, and Mary Elizabeth. We were all born in
My father, mother, and both Creech grandparents are buried in
the Jacob Creech family cemetery at Cumberland.
Robert A. (Bob) Creech
1515 Mansfield Rd.
Birmingham, Mi 48009