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

April 2008

Enjoyed Burke's General
Store Article

Dear Editor:
I really enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer. It's like receiving a touch of home each month.
I really enjoyed reading about Burke's General Store in Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky. My family lived in Rocky Hollow and bought things at Burke's and Kelly's Grocery.
I still have an aunt, Thelma McPherson, who lives in Rocky Hollow. My cousin, Wilma Hampton, and her family live at Eolia, Kentucky. Wilma's mother and my great-aunt, Sarah, lived to be 102 years young. My brother, Don, lives near Hazard.
I dream of moving back to Kentucky one day.
My husband's aunt can't wait until she gets her magazine each month.
Keep up the good work.
Lynda Harmon Tubbs
11712 HWY BB
Versailles, MO 65084

Audio Recordings Of
Radio Programs Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am a college librarian and would like to hear from readers who have audio recordings of radio programs that originated on Kentucky radio stations in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I am especially interested in recordings of hometown country music, church, and news programs.
I would also appreciate knowing about photographs of performers who were heard on these progroms.
Harry Rice
Berea College
Hutchins Library
Berea, KY 40404
[email protected]

Have Two Class Rings
Dear Editor:
I have in my possession a Caney Creek School class ring. It is dated pre-1980. Also, I have a Knott County Central 1992 class ring which has a name on it.
If anyone can identify these rings, they each will be returned to the owner.
Wilma Sawyers
15 Tinker Lane
Hindman, KY 41822

School Photos Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am searching for a photo of the grade school at Redfox, Knott County, Kentucky, during the late-1940s thru 1950s, before consolidation. Zelda Hale, Ogie Back Adams and Vivian Sparkman were some of the teachers.
Also, I would like a photo of the grade school at Yellow Creek, Sassafras, Kentucky, that shows the playground with the basketball goals, during the 1940s and 1950s, before consolidation. Hiram Taylor was the principal during the mid-1940s.
Mary Back
1983 Gardner Road
Hamilton, OH 45013

Blackwater Info/Photos Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am lookng for photos or any information on the Blackwater School and the Blackwater Post Office, Laurel County, Kentucky, where my grandfather, A. B. Asher, carried the mail by horse.
Kathleen Gatewood
P. O. Box 218
Westport, IN 47283