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 December 2008/January 2009



Union Soldier Monument
Photo Wanted

Dear Editor:
A friend of mine has been letting me read copies of his Kentucky Explorer.
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
Family Research

Dear Editor:
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
Dogwood Hill
3789 Peach Grove Road
California, KY 41007


Upper Toler Schoolhouse
In Floyd County

Dear Editor:
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