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 February 2008
Melungeon; Early Post Offices
I was born in Letcher County, Kentucky, in 1939 and reared there.
Lately I've been hearing about the Melungeon people. I never heard my parents speak of them.
I would like to hear from readers who have information regarding the Melungeons.
I always enjoy all the articles about Letcher County in The Kentucky Explorer.
I'm also interested in early post offices in Letcher County that have since changed names.
Any help would be appreciated.
306 S. Gale Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
I have known many people from different parts of Eastern Kentucky. I'm proud of my Kentucky roots.
I was born in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, and I like my home state. Those Eastern Kentucky hills will always be a part of my life. I left Martin County in 1959.
Those good times of growing up in Kentucky will always be in my memory.
Hubert H. Horn
144 Amanda Northern Road
Lancaster, OH 43130
Great Explosion In Jenkins
Many years ago, in west Jenkins, better known as Mudtown, there was a great explosion that sent giant boulders through the houses of people who lived there. I remember the Codell Construction Company was making a railroad cut for a tunnel that went through the mountain above Jenkins and below Raven Rock. The tunnel went into Virginia. I would like to hear from anyone who might remember the details of this event. It might have been 1948-1952.
I heard from two gentlemen about the Mountain States Baseball Team which included Ray Russell, George Sifft, Jackson Bell, Bent Mays, and Bill Scoptone. Murray Franklin was mentioned from 1938. He bat .439.
The Kentucky Explorer is a great magazine. It helps me find people and places that are in my distant past. Like most people, I am thrilled when my issue comes in the mail.
Maybe I am just old-fashioned, but the Internet can never replace the paper and print magazine. I have been a subscriber for about eight years and hope to remain one until about 2020, or maybe longer.
Dr. David M. Brewer of Birmingham, Alabama, and James Disney of Frankfort, Kentucky, were very generous is sharing baseball information from my request in The Explorer.
1803 Haygood Drive, N. E.
Atlanta, GA 30307