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
Edward Oldham: Photographer
In Shelby County
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
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
I am hoping there is someone who knows where this church was
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.
8410 Ora Lane
Middletown, OH 45042
Looking for Old Regular
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,
425 Lisle Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
These are just samples
of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.