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 February 2010
James Flack, A Blacksmith
At Harper's Ferry, Henry Co.
Occasionally there is a letter in The Kentucky Explorer from someone who has seen a photo or the name of a relative in the magazine. I never expected this to happen to me. I was pleasantly surprised when, on page 55 of the October 2009 issue, in Kentucky's 1879 State Gazetteer, I saw the town of Harper's Ferry profiled.
I know my grandparents owned a farm on Harper's Ferry Road in Henry County, but I didn't know there was a town called Harper's Ferry. I also knew my grandfather was a blacksmith, and he was listed in the business directory section, "James Flack, blacksmith."
James Flack died when my dad was a few months old. He is buried at Grubridge Cemetery in Henry County. My grandmother is buried beside him. She died in 1975.
I have been a subscriber to The Explorer almost from the beginning, and thoroughly enjoy it, especially the photos and letters.
Willie C. Flack
2610 S. Highway 393
La Grange, KY 40031
Hominy Recipe Wanted
I am looking for the recipe to make hominy. I know that lye is used.
If anyone has the recipe, I would appreciate a copy.
139 Robinson Drive
Beaver Dam, KY 42320
Searching For Navy Friend
I have several Kentucky Explorer magazines on a shelf that I have not read, but I still want to continue getting this wonderful magazine. I need to get busy and share some of my stories with others.
I knew a Michael Paul Henson who wrote many tales of Kentucky. He even put my name in print in one of his books. I recall seeing one article about him in The Kentucky Explorer.
I would like to locate a Charles Sizemore, with whom I was in the U. S. Navy with in 1965-1966 on the USS Okinawa LPH-3. I recall he was from Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
Keep up the good work with the magazine.
304 Wilma Avenue
Louisville, KY 40229
Visited Nada Tunnel, Natural
Bridge, And Mammoth Cave
The Kentucky Explorer was responsible for my taking a trip to see the Nada Tunnel, Natural Bridge, and Mammoth Cave in June 2009
I'm an old railroader and was very interested in the Nada Tunnel. Also, I am an old logger (crosscut saw and skidding with mules). I am interested in the logging aspects of Nada Tunnel, if anyone has stories or pictures to share.
I enjoy the magazine very much and feel it captures a much needed connection with the old ways of doing things right.
203 S. 14th Street
Hartshorne, OK 74547
These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.