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 December
Union Soldier Monument
A friend of mine has been letting me read copies of his Kentucky
A photo of the Cabin Creek covered bridge at Rectorville brought
back memories of Lewis County.
I am trying to locate a clear photo of the Union Soldier monument
in Vanceburg, dedicated in 1884. The photos that I do have are
very obscured by pine trees. Prior to WWII there was a cannon
and cannonballs in front of the monument which were scrapped
for metal in the 1940s.
As a kid I was told this was one of only two Union monuments
south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Joe R. Rice
5746 Province Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Needs Help In Leslie
I recently did some research in the Kentucky Historical Society
Library in Frankfort, Kentucky, on the Leslie (Lesley) family.
I ran across a letter in one of the files. It made mention of
a book on the Leslies, 200 Years In America (1755-1955), by Ruth
Cleveland Leslie, copyright 1956. I wrote her a letter at the
address given. I assume she is no longer with us. I have not
been able to run down a copy of this book. The library did not
buy the book.
If any reader has a copy of this book, I would like to borrow
(or buy) it to use in my search of the Leslies. This is one of
the most difficult trees in my family that I have worked. Getting
the pieces to fit has been quite a task.
My great-grandfather, Daniel Thomas Leslie, was born March 17,
1834, near Lafayette, Indiana. I do know that Daniel had nine
siblings. He married Elizabeth Jane Snider on December 10, 1861.
This information is from the family Bible which I have. They
moved to Ohio where my grandmother, Mariette Leslie Newkirk,
was born. They then moved to Pendleton County, Kentucky, where
I live. Other pockets of Leslies pop up all over the world, all
over the states, and all over Kentucky. Help!
I have recently become a subscriber to The Kentucky Explorer,
and it has caused me a great deal of fun and enjoyment. It has
also become another source. I have been able to respond to a
number of the articles and really enjoy this new area that I
can pursue in my retirement.
Stanley R. Bradbury
3789 Peach Grove Road
California, KY 41007
Upper Toler Schoolhouse
In Floyd County
It was nice to have my story of the one-room schoolhouse on page
88 of the October 2008 issue. I have learned a great lesson in
that I failed to relate that Upper Toler Schoolhouse is located
in the southeastern part of Floyd County not Madison County as
was indicated in the picture on page 88.
The story has a better ring when the ride in the back of a pickup
truck is 175 miles rather than perhaps 15 miles at most from
anywhere in Madison County to Berea College campus.
People who have called ask me how come I had so many flat tires
in such a short distance?
What can I say, "just the writings of a first time author?"
W. Rell Roberts
1212 Tishoff Drive
Lexington, KY 40502