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 December 2007/January 2008
Five & Dime
I have been receiving The Kentucky Explorer for many years, and I especially enjoy the "Letters to the Editor" section of the magazine.
I was very excited when I saw the photo of the Hobbs Five & Dime store in Letcher County. It was in the October 2007 issue, page 72.
I grew up in Mayking in Letcher County, about five miles from Whitesburg. I always looked forward to going to town and shopping at Hobbs Five & Dime. We just called it the Dime Store.
When I was attending Whitesburg High School, several of us girls would eat lunch at Quillen Drug Store. We could buy a hot dog and Coke for a dime. After lunch we would go to the Dime Store and buy candy. Those were the happy times, even though I didn't have permission from Mom to go downtown.
I married and moved to Louisville, always going back home to visit often. I went to Whitesburg to shop.
I bought my two-year-old son a pair of shoes, a pair of pants, and a shirt at the Dime Store. He would walk around so proud of his new clothes and say, "Look at my ten cents shoes." He is now 55 years old.
I went to Whitesburg about five years ago to attend a festival. I climbed all those steps that led up to the old high school. It surely was different than when I climbed them as a teenager.
I am so thankful to have all my precious memories.
Ruth Baker Hall
312 Schafer Street
Henryville, IN 47126
The cover photo of the October 2007 issue of The Kentucky Explorer triggered some great memories for me, but of a different basketball team.
My father, J. E. Treadway, better known as Earl, taught school and coached basketball at the Twin Branch School in Laurel County, Kentucky. This would have been in the early 1930s. I would like to know if any readers have memories or photos they would like to share. Most of us did not have cameras then and got very few pictures.
I would appreciate any pictures and would enjoy sharing any memories.
Virginia Treadway Gross
209 Birchwood Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
Youth Haven Bible Camp
Benefitting From Article
The first time I ever saw The Kentucky Explorer was about seven years ago, even though I have lived in Kentucky 54 years. It captivated and intrigued me in many ways. The magazine has statewide coverage, is reasonably priced, and contains a wide variety of information both past and present.
After my wife saw me buying a number of copies, she sent in a subscription for my birthday. I can't say I read every article, but I appreciate the magazine more and more as each copy arrives.
Bob Smith of the Three Forks Tradition newspaper submitted an article, which was published in the November 2007 issue about my sidekicks, Homer and Henry, and me (I am a ventriloquist). In that article he told of my new book, The Dummy In The Middle. People across Kentucky and the nation have ordered the book; some as a result of the three-page article. So far, Youth Haven Bible Camp of Lee County, Beattyville, Kentucky, has collected over $32,000 for the camp's upkeep and improvements.
I want to thank The Kentucky Explorer for allowing Bob Smith to submit the story.
Anyone can order a personalized and autographed copy for $10, plus $2.50 (no tax) shipping, either by cash or check made payable to the Youth Haven Bible Camp (no tax).
Preacher Bill Holeman
1033 HWY. 399
Beattyville, KY 41311