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
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,
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
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
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
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.