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 November 2009

Edward Oldham: Photographer
In Shelby County

Dear Editor:
I sent an issue of The Kentucky Explorer to a friend in Montana. I forgot what issue it was, but in it was a photo taken in the mid-early 1900s of folks in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky. The caption was asking for information on who took the photo.
The person who took the photo was my father, Edward Oldham (1901-1972). He was a cripple. He was 15 years old when his parents, Presley Collins Oldham and Lula Patton Oldham, sold their farm in Oldham County and moved to Shelbyville on Washington Street. The house was a two-story log cabin. My grandfather had siding put on it. Because of my father's polio, he had Grandpa save 100 Camel cigarette wrappers to send off and get him a little Brownie camera. When Dad got older he opened his own photography shop. He had a lot of stories to tell about Shelbyville where he and his parents and my brother, Thomas Oldham, are buried.
Janet Oldham Zarmbus
932 Altamont Court, #4
Versailles, KY 40383

Old Church Record Book

Dear Editor:
I was born and reared in Morgan County, Kentucky.
A year or so ago, I purchased a book at a thrift store which contains records of the Ladies Aid at the M. E. Church at East Bend.
I am hoping there is someone who knows where this church was located.
Some of the ladies names in the book are Stella Stephens, Clara Riggs, Sallie Stephens, Lizzie Stephens, Bettie Hodges, Mable Hodges, Abbie Moore, Emma Ward, Addie Scott, Berta Clore, Lou Aness, Sallie Bodie, and Jessie Wilson.
The information in the book is dated from 1918 to 1920.
If someone knows these ladies and would like to have this book, feel free to contact me.
Evelyn Hammond
8410 Ora Lane
Middletown, OH 45042

Looking for Old Regular Baptist
Association Minutes

Dear Editor:
I am searching for any Old Regular Baptist minute books. I am looking for minutes from the following associations: Old Indian Bottom (the Frank Fugate/Murl Caudill side), Indian Bottom (the J. W. Pratt/Elwood Cornett side from 1960-1975), New Salem, Union, Old Friendship, Philadelphia, and Mud River. The older the minute book, the better.
If anyone has any minute books of any of these Old Regular Baptist Associations, and they would like to part with them, I would be glad to get them.
I am also looking for any old United Baptist Association minutes books if anyone has them.
I would be willing to pay for or reimburse any postage and handling, if necessary.
Steven Jones
425 Lisle Road
Georgetown, KY 40324

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