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 2009

Word Puzzles Are
A "Labor Of Love"

Dear Editor:
I would like to thank The Kentucky Explorer for publishing the information regarding my 90th birthday. The format and pictures were especially pleasing.
So far, the magazine has published over 170 word puzzles I have submitted. Research and construction is time consuming but is a "labor of love" dedicated to preserving a tiny bit of Kentucky's history.
Delbert Honchul
245 Bailey Road
Murray, KY 42071

Boy In Photo Is
Richard Lynn Combs

Dear Editor:
I would like to share some information on the photo in the July-August 2009 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, page 111.
The boy in the center is Richard Lynn Combs, the girls' cousin. The photo was taken at his birthday party in Dayton, Ohio.
Richard was killed in a car wreck in May 1992. He was the son of Estill Combs and my nephew.
Mary Helen Combs Gabbard
5206 Echo Pines Circle E.
Fort Pierce, FL 34951

Would Like To Locate
Perry Family

Dear Editor:
I am interested in locating a family by name of Perry. I do not know the parents' names, but they had three little girls: Vangie, Angie, and Debbie, who were of Indian descent. They attended Clear Creek Baptist School in Pineville, Bell County, Kentucky, in the early 1960s.
I believe the family moved to Texas after the girls graduated from Clear Creek.
Bessie Smith
9842 Hollansburg Road
New Paris, OH 45347

Info. Wanted On Officer
W. K. Johnson Of Ashland

Dear Editor:
The Ashland (Boyd County, Kentucky) Police Department is trying to find some details on the death of W. K. Johnson, so his name can be entered on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument in Washington, D. C., along with the six other policemen from Ashland who were killed in the line of duty.
The only information known is that he was shot around 1906 and died from complications of that wound 15 years later.
Any help would be appreciated.
Ron Huff
5243 Friendship Road
Catlettsburg, KY 41129

Old-Fashioned Cole Slaw
Recipe Wanted

Dear Editor:
I wonder if a reader of The Kentucky Explorer would have the recipe for the old-fashioned cole slaw like my mother used to make when I was young.
She made the dressing with vinegar, sugar, water, and eggs. This mixture was cooked until thickened, then poured over the finely-chopped cabbage, while still hot.
Any help would be appreciated.
Christine Arter
4436 Hook Road
Crestine, OH 44827

Seedlings Wanted
Dear Editor:
I recently purchased 50 acres of hilly farmland in northern Scott County, Kentucky, and am working to make it wildlife friendly with native food plant species. I would very much like to obtain some seedlings from red mulberry trees, which are native to the Bluegrass Region. I am also looking for starts for pawpaw trees and a native persimmon.
I would be delighted to receive any suggestions that anyone would have for other native plants that would attract wildlife. I realize that seedlings would be moved best during the winter months, but if I knew where to get them, I could dig them myself.
Any help would be appreciated.
John Blackburn
212 Montgomery Avenue
Georgetown, KY 40324
[email protected]

Is Spratt Stoneworks
Open For Tours?

Dear Editor:
Several years ago my parents toured the Spratt Stoneworks in Kentucky around the Frenchburg, Menifee Couny, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, area and were impressed. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but would like information on whether or not it is still open for tours.
I enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer each month and learning all kinds of new things about Kentucky.
Marla Fetty
P. O. Box 28
Brownsville, IN 47325

These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.