Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.

Here are a few queries from November 2007

Seeds To Share
Dear Editor:
I have Luffa (Vining Okra) seeds that I would be happy to share with Kentucky Explorer readers.
Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Schuyler Day
1006 Cedarlake Court
Kernersville, NC 27284

Wants Lady Pen Pal
From Southeast Kentucky

Dear Editor:
For years I've made friends around the world via pen paling. I'd love a lady pal living in remote southeast Kentucky mountains. This person rises each day to see the beauty of the mountains and observes wildlife in its natural habitat. This person clings to the old ways, the simple life, perhaps out of necessity or perhaps because they prefer it. Surely there is someone who would like to correspond with me to share her everyday happenings and to describe the beauty around her.
I grew up in Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky. Life was so simple then. We were free to enjoy our childhood while playing along the creeks and running the meadows and observing nature at its best. The mountains were ever in our view. I miss it all. Perhaps someone can revive my memories by reminding me that there are still places of beauty and peace in the mountains.
Thanks to The Kentucky Explorer for the work done each month to promote our beautiful home state. The magazine brings us all "back home" for awhile each month.
Allene Sloan
4519 Taft Court
Bryan, TX 77802

Quilt Patterns Wanted
Dear Editor:
I'm looking for quilt patterns that were used during the underground railroad period.
I would like the patterns and their meaning, for I have not been able to find a book or much else on the subject.
I live in Robertson County, Kentucky, just a few miles from the Ohio River, where the slaves crossed to Ripley, and the John Rankin house which was a safe house until slaves could travel farther north to freedom.
I would appreciate any information.
Dixie Courtney Scott
1158 Alhambra Road
Mayslick, KY 41055

Books Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like to acquire a book about the swinging bridges in Breathitt County, Kentucky. I once had a good book written about Caney Creek and Lost Creek. I loaned it and never got it back.
Also, I want a copy of the book about Josep "Rail Jake" Neace.
Any help would be appreciated.
Lucy Neace Begley
14 Conquistador Street
Leesburg, FL 34748