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 June 2008

Searching For Army Buddy
From Mt. Sterling

Dear Editor:
I have been searching for an old Army buddy I was in Germany with in 1957. His name is Raymond L. Ingram, and he was from Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Clyde K. Lawson
793 Lambert Road
Berea, KY 40403

Would Like To Visit
Taulbee In Breathitt County

Dear Editor:
I am looking for information on Taulbee, Breathitt County, Kentucky. I have seen the area on maps, but I am unable to locate it in person.
Any information on its history, location, etc. would be appreciated.
Dave Taulbee
4323 Vannest Avenue
Middletown, OH 45042
[email protected]

Magazine Enriching; Emmalene Post Office Remembered
Dear Editor:
For several years now I've greatly enjoyed The Kentucky Explorer. Readers have been enriched by the pictures and articles of people and places of our historic and beautiful state. Many stories are of individuals who have exhibited great love and concern for less fortunate neighbors, while a few have exposed the dark side of humanity. While all sides of life are shown, lots of people ask for and get help with a wide variety of requests and wishes, even unsolicited sometimes. I know of no other such publication.
Concerning the unsolicited help, I would like to share an experience. Late one evening, I spotted a short comment in the magazine from a Nell Howard Bee from Hampton, Virginia. Since she gave her phone number, I finally decided to call and see if she might be an old classmate of mine, whom I hadn't seen since 1943. She was the Nell I knew. Even more surprising, during the ensuing conversation, we found out we were related.
Finally, I would like to share a photo (shown above) of the old store and post office of Emmalene, Knott County, Kentucky. The building is now gone and the post office is in a new brick building. The post office got its name from Emmazel (last name unknown) who was sent by the postal service to determine the feasibility of establishing a post office, and from the lady who made the request, Orlena Combs Morgan. Thus the name Emmalena.
Orlena was my great-aunt via my mother and was the first postmistress. She served about 20 years, until her son, Oscar, became the postmaster. Upon Oscar's death, his daughter, Wilma Gayheart, served.
Like all rural post offices, Emmalena was a favorite place for men and older boys to sit and swap stories and pass along news.
I have many fond memories of these sessions. Sadly, this pleasurable activity is almost non-existent.
Hagan D. Ritchie
108 E. 43rd Street
Covington, KY 41015

Apple Gourd Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like a dozen of apple gourd seeds.
I am willing to pay any costs.
Wayne Hayes
204 Bailey Road
Annville, KY 40402