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 October
Who Is The Mail Carrier?
I would like to thank The Kentucky Explorer staff for publishing
such a wonderful magazine that I look forward to receiving each
In the June 2008 issue, page 19, there is a photo, taken in 1940,
of a Landsaw Post Office mail carrier on a horse with his back
to the camera.
Does anyone know the identification of the mail carrier?
I had a great-uncle, Ira Courtney Profitt, who worked as a mail
carrier in that same area at the same time. He was the son of
William David Profitt and Lettie Day. I showed the picture to
my father, and he said he did not see Ira at a young age and
was excited that this could possibly be him.
If readers have any information, please let me know.
Teresa M. Rose Hagan
9 Grand Avenue
Taylor Mill, KY 41015
Through The Kentucky Explorer
I want to thank the staff of The Kentucky Explorer for a wonderful
I am appreciative of the fact that two of my articles have been
printed in the "I Remember" section and have led to
many contacts from other Kentuckians with shared interests.
One of the contacts is Thelma Loonie Wilson, a Kentucky octogenarian
living in Ohio, who knew my father and his brothers when they
were going to school in Shelby Gap. Thelma's brother married
my Aunt Gertie's sister, making another connection. This dear
lady also sent me some Burning Bush seeds, and I can't wait to
see the results.
I correspond with the granddaughter of a next door neighbor from
#3 Hollow in Jenkins, Letcher County. We remember the same people,
locations, and times. She has an uncle who bought the house I
I have shared e-mail with a gentleman who went to Jenkins High
School with the children of my grandfather's, James M. Elkins',
brother. I heard from a lady in North Carolina who was the granddaughter
of my great- uncle, Jack Elkins.
Through contacts I am now able to trace my mother's genealogy
back to the Revolutionary War. Our roots help us understand who
we are and leave a legacy for our children. I just contacted
the great-granddaughter of an Elkins who was more than likely
the brother of my great-grandfather, William Elkins. This happened
due to a picture of a funeral being in the July 2008 issue of
Thanks to all those who contacted me and shared information.
Keevin Lee Elkins
381 T. C. Jones Road
Raeford, NC 28376
Poem, Song Wanted
I am searching for the words to a poem called Your Name which
starts "You got it from your father, it was the best he
had to give."
Also, I would like the words to the song Heaven Is Real.
I would greatly appreciate any help.
Doris Jean Fletcher
485 Deepwell Wood Road
Crab Orchard, KY 40419
A Call For Rabbit Memories
I enjoy reading the "I Remember" section of The Kentucky
Commonly, memories include mention of farm animals, such as cows,
horses, pigs, and goats.
I would like to read about some rabbit memories.
Did any old Kentucky farmers raise rabbits or keep some pet rabbits
for the kids?
I encourage readers to send in those "rabbit memories."
P. O. Box 495
Union, KY 41091
Enjoys Letters, Recipes,
I just want to tell The Explorer staff how much I look forward
to and enjoy the magazine each month.
It is a joy to read the letters, recipes, and all the wonderful
I meet a lot of wonderful people through the pages of the magazine.
711 Elberon Avenue, Apt. 1
Cincinnati, OH 45205