Letters To The Editor

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 April 2008

Lawrence County Native
Dear Editor:
I eagerly await the arrival of The Kentucky Explorer and read it from cover-to-cover. The staff does a wonderful job.
I wish there were more articles and letters from Greenup, Boyd, Lawrence, Carter, and Pike counties.
I was born and reared in Lawrence County, Kentucky, and graduated from Louisa High School in 1954. My parents were Denver and May Bradley Holbrook.
I often think of the years past when I was living in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
It would be nice if all the states published a similar magazine.
Marlene Holbrook Frank
315 Hampton Street
Houma, LA 70364

Blinco, Washington County,
Information Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am searching for information on the small town of Manton in Washington County, Kentucky.
I have found information stating that Manton was once known as Blinco, the name given in the 1896 Kentucky State Gazetteer. Richard Blincoe was a resident on the 1880 census.
I have been unable to find a copy of the 1896 Gazetteer and I was hoping a reader could give me some information on Richard Blincoe, and if the town of Manton was ever officially named Blinco, and if so, why the name was changed to Manton.
My mother is from the small town of Manton, and on a religious picture given to her of her first communion in 1932, the town name is listed as Blinco.
Any information would be appreciated.
Richard Donahue
6030 Murrays Run Road
Coxs Creek, KY 40013

Two-Room School
At Dinwood, Floyd County

Dear Editor:
I am seeking a photo of the two-room school at Dinwood, Floyd County, Kentucky. The post office was Alpharetta when I attended school there in the 1930s. The school is long gone, but I would very much appreciate a photo and would be happy to pay for a copy.
Willow Leach
288 Clearfield Hill Road
Clearfield, KY 40313
cathyjanele[email protected]

School At Jetts Creek,
Breathitt County

Dear Editor:
I would like any information about a one-room school at Jetts Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky. I was a student there during the 1950s. The teacher was Zeke Jett.
I would like to hear from anyone who attended the school.
Clara Smith Perry
106 Wells Lane
Clay City, KY 40312

Halley's Comet
Caused Scare

Dear Editor:
When Halley's Comet went by Earth in 1910, people did not know what to think of it. Some thought the end of the world was coming. Some thought when Earth passed through the tail of the comet it would kill everyone. Of course, people were not as well-educated on space back then.
There was a small rural community in Madison County, Kentucky. I'm not for sure, but I think it was called Posey. The rumor was started that this hamlet would pass through the comet's tail and everyone would be killed, but if the residents moved north to Cincinnati, they would be safe. So many sold everything or gave away their possessions and caught the trains headed north.
Of course, no one was hurt, but the comet caused a lot of commotion.
When the comet came by in 1986, it was barely visible in Kentucky.
The comet will appear again around 2060.
I don't think I will be here then.
James M. Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503