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

December 2007/January 2008

Sorghum Cake Recipe Wanted
Dear Editor:
My great-grandmother used to make a sorghum cake using homemade sorghum made by the family. My father and aunts still talk about how good the cake was.
If any reader has a copy of this recipe to share, I would gladly reimburse the postage.
Also, I am looking for white and red Cleome (Spider plant) seeds. I have plenty of purple seeds, if someone would like to trade.
Scott Johnson
3490 Cedar Creek Road
Owenton, KY 40359

Seeking Photo Of Schoolhouse
At Quail, Rockcastle County

Dear Editor:
I am seeking a picture of the old schoolhouse that once stood at Quail on Highway 70 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, across from Mink's store. The schoolhouse and Mink's store were torn down several years ago. I attended this school in the early 1950s from the first through the fourth grades. The school had two rooms, but only one room was used for classes when I attended. I believe 1953 was the last year it was used as a school.
If anyone has a picture of this school, I would be happy to pay for a copy.
Richard D. Adams
504 Calendonia Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
[email protected]

Trying To Locate 1937 Cannel City High School Graduates
Dear Editor:
I am trying to obtain the location or status of each member of the 1937 graduating class of Cannel City High School in Morgan County, Kentucky.
I have located all of them, except for Mitchell Elam.
Any help would be appreciated.
Delbert Honchul
245 Bailey Road
Murray, KY 42071