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 2007
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 seeds.
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 above.
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 Cumberland.
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