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
Searching For Army Buddy
From Mt. Sterling
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
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
Any information on its history, location, etc. would be appreciated.
4323 Vannest Avenue
Middletown, OH 45042
Magazine Enriching; Emmalene
Post Office Remembered
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
I would like a dozen of apple gourd seeds.
I am willing to pay any costs.
204 Bailey Road
Annville, KY 40402