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 February 2009
Wants Photo Of Hotel
At Sulphur Well
I've been reading The Kentucky Explorer for about four years, and I can hardly wait for each new edition.
I would like a photo of the hotel in Sulphur Well when it was in use. It was reached on one side by a long swinging bridge.
When I was a young girl, I used to go to Sulphur Well once a year for District Conference at the L. D. S. Church in a Model-A Ford and had to leave home before daylight to get there by 10:00 a.m.
Once a small group walked across the swinging bridge and stepped upon the porch where several people were sitting around. As we walked across the porch, Sarah Abell got too close to the edge and fell off. She got up, dusted herself off, laughed, and continued walking.
Now the hotel is surrounded by weeds and bushes with a "No Trespassing" sign.
Also, I would like the words and music to a song possibly titled One Day Closer to Home. I heard this song performed by a gospel quartet on TV.
Thanks for such an interesting magazine.
P. O. Box 71
Bradfordsville, KY 40009
Born Near Stevenson
Corbett Back, my father, was the son of G. P. Back. He died before I was born. He married first, Virgie Caudill. They had three children: Julia, James Samuel, and Lula Mae, who are all now deceased.
Corbett married second, a first cousin to Virgie, Sally Jordon, of Magoffin County. I was their only child. I was named for both of my grandmothers, Faire and Emma.
Corbett was postmaster at the Stevenson Post Office. I was born near there. My grandfather, G. P. Back, and Aunt Rutha Elkins ran the post office after Dad passed away.
I married Lester A. Smith of Oklahoma. He passed away in 1991. We had two sons, Robert and Rick.
My Back grandparents are buried in the Isaac Back Cemetery.
I lived about 12 years of my young life around the Salyersville area, and the rest in Ohio, Kansas, and Michigan.
Most of my Back relatives are gone, as well as the Jordons.
I look forward to receiving The Kentucky Explorer.
Faire Emma Smith
4966 Ogden HWY
Adrian, MI 49221