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
Wants Recipe For Starter
As a youngster in Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky, I remember
a fruit mix in a gallon jar that had to be started from an original
mix. I don't remember what it was called, but I do remember having
a piece of cake made from this mix, and it was delicious.
I would really appreciate information on how to make the starter.
2208 Patricia Drive
Kettering, OH 45420
Editor's Note: This cake is called a Friendship Cake or 30-Day
Info. Wanted On Singing
School, Knox County
I am presently and for several years been a subscriber to The
Kentucky Explorer. Several past generations of my family are
Kentuckians, including my parents.
I recently found a photo taken in 1920 of the Knox County Singing
School, Flat Lick, Kentucky, of which several of my relatives,
including aunts, grandfather, and mother, were members. Marion
McKinney was the teacher at that time.
The photo can be viewed at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyknox/
I would like any information on the Singing School.
John R. France
208 Granite Lane
Clayton, NC 27520
As a young boy, 13 or 14 years old, I made some tea from sassafras
root. I peeled the bark, put it up to dry out, and then boiled
it to enjoy sassafras tea.
Recently, I dug up two roots to make tea for my 13-year-old grandson.
The roots did not smell very strong of sassafras.
I would like to know the complete process for making sassafras
tea, from when to dig the root, how long to dry the root and
where, and the boiling time.
Any help would be appreciated.
2223 Cannon Drive
Ashland, KY 41102