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 October 2008

Who Is The Mail Carrier?
Dear Editor:
I would like to thank The Kentucky Explorer staff for publishing such a wonderful magazine that I look forward to receiving each month.
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

Connections Made
Through The Kentucky Explorer

Dear Editor:
I want to thank the staff of The Kentucky Explorer for a wonderful magazine.
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 lived in.
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 The Explorer.
Thanks to all those who contacted me and shared information.
Keevin Lee Elkins
381 T. C. Jones Road
Raeford, NC 28376
[email protected]

Poem, Song Wanted
Dear Editor:
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
Dear Editor:
I enjoy reading the "I Remember" section of The Kentucky Explorer.
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."
Gary May
P. O. Box 495
Union, KY 41091

Enjoys Letters, Recipes, Stories
Dear Editor:
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 stories.
I meet a lot of wonderful people through the pages of the magazine.
Mary Cooper
711 Elberon Avenue, Apt. 1
Cincinnati, OH 45205