Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.


Here are a few queries from

July-August 2009


Request Answered
Dear Editor:
Thanks for publishing my request for pink half-runner bean seeds.
I received a response from a Kentucky Explorer reader in Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky.
I really enjoy the magazine and my family plans to be reading it as long as it is published.
Kathryn Phillips
4079 Ironworks Road
Winchester, KY 40391


Thanks For Help
With Family Tree

Dear Editor:
I would like to thank all Kentucky Explorer readers who answered the questions I had regarding my family tree.
Also, thanks to the magazine that helps us appreciate the past and look forward to the future.
Edna Chandler
107 N. Poplar Avenue, #B
Corbin, KY 40701


Info. Wanted On King
Company/Enterprise

Dear Editor:
I read in the May 2009 issue of The Kentucky Explorer where the King family or King Enterprise owned the blasting powder mine and/or manufacturing company on the river in Wurtland, Greenup County, Kentucky, in the 1920s. I'm wondering what other enterprises were owned by King.
I strip mined for a small contractor who was doing a job for what I believed was King Company. There was a Pentecostal preacher who said he was head man and owned part of the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. He offered me a chance to come to Cincinnati and record anything I wanted, ca. 1970. It was the time of the coal strike over at Laurel River.
Any information would be appreciated.
Ray Estep
2955 W. 275 S.
Albion, IN 46701