May 2010

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Edward "Eddie" Ward became the first-noncommissioned officer of what evolved into the present aviation branch of the U. S. Army. He is shown here with his Balloon Detachment probably near Norfolk, Virginia, in the fall of 1907. Standing l-r: Pvt. First Class Cecil R. Coile, Pvt. First Class Vernon L. Burge, Pvt. Stewart K. Rosenburg, Pvt. John G. Crotty, Pvt. Harry T. Settle, Pvt. Edward O. Elder, and Pvt. First Class Benjamin Schmidt. Seated in front (l-r) Corporal Edward R. "Eddie" Ward and Private First Class William E. McConnell. Read the complete story in the May 2010 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.

Steve Hawes, always known as "Uncle" Steve, is shown sitting on the porch of Harvey Shadwick's Grocery in Yelvington, Daviess County, Kentucky. "Uncle" Steve was a former slave and lived in Yelvington, not far from the store, and usually walked there every day. This photo was taken in 1950 and is shared by Nancy K. Estes, 1195 Oak Road, Lewisport, KY 42351.

Menford DeRossett, 2985 KY HWY 829, Albany, KY 42602, shares this photo of (on the left) his grandparents, Johnny and Leeann Burchett Burris; and (on the right) Lewis and Stella Burris. They were standing by "dark one-sucker tobacco." Menford would like more information on this tobacco. Photo taken on the Clinton and Wayne County, Kentucky, line. Date not given.

Marlene Crislip Salyer, 466 KY 689 E., Flat Gap, KY 41219, shares this photo of a group at the Murray School, Kerz, Johnson County, Kentucky, taken during the 1953-1954 school year. Front row, l-r: Edna Long, Della Burkes, Nancy Burkes, Betty McKenzie, Betty Vanhoose, Frank Lemaster, Phyllis Fairchild, John Vanhoose (Jr.), Eugil Vanhoose, Robie Fairchild, Jackie Crislip, and Truman Vanhoose. Second row, l-r: Brenda Fairchild, Jewel Vanhoose, Mary Lou Long, Thomas Lemaster, Paulette Fairchild, Louise Vanhoose, Russell Lemaster, Rosetta Estep, Ronnie Davis, Marlene Crislip, Patty Crislip, Ruby Vanhoose, and Sue Vanhoose. Third row, l-r: Francis Fairchild, Anna Jane Estep, Wilma Jean Long, and Wanda Vanhoose. Back row, l-r: Ella Rice (teacher), Jerry Vanhoose, William McKenzie, Frankie McKenzie, Bobby Vanhoose, Roy Vanhoose, Jimmy Estep, Gene Burkes, Benny Joe Hale, Rose McKenzie, James Roy Fannin, and Grace Lemaster.


Martha Onan, 1059 Magruder Road, Pleasureville, KY 40057, shares this photo and writes: "Some 20 years ago when my Cropper, Shelby County, Kentucky, neighbor gave me an old, crumbling letter she had found in my grandmother's attic years after my grandmother's death in 1941, I was too busy to take time to read the handwriting with little punctuation. Later, I became curious to know what a kid had written more than 100 years earlier. That kid was my Uncle Maddox. He was a pipe-smoking, horse-loving adult who I never imagined had been a child. My grandmother had kept his letter during her years in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, to Saint Louis, Missouri, and back to a new house on her farm near Cropper. Undoubtedly, Maddox was a mama's boy. The first problem is the year the letter was written. The month was September but the year was not specified. There is no family member living who might help me date the letter. The only internal evidence I could find is that the boy (Uncle Maddox) mentioned his Uncle Notley and his grandmother, Martha Shannon McGaughey Maddox, as being alive. Since both died in 1893, the letter must have been written before their deaths. The letter written to Mariah B. Maddox Onan shows the interests of three Kentucky brothers: Maddox born in 1875 and his brothers, Gross, born in 1878, and Earle, born in 1882. The spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly as in the original. 'Dear Ma, I received your last letter and thought I would write a few lines tonight. George said that he had 7400 sticks of tobacco cut. He says he has got all his best cut and in the house. He says he is getting along the best he can. He says he is working some at 25 cents and a dollar and at 75 cents. George says bring him a pint of good whiskey, and he will cut you some wood. I have to hire a hand a day. I am about done. All of Uncle Notley's children from Missouri are in. Aunt is to sick to write to you. She has got colic of the kidneys. Gross is looking for his present, and Earle has got a pup, and I got two pups. We are all well. Tom heard your class at Sunday School. Earle is going to school every day.' There is either a second letter or a continuation of the first. It has no date and begins with 'Ma look in the envelope.' Maddox wrote that his grandmother went to church last night to hear the preacher. Also, he wrote that the two older brothers had not teased their youngest brother since their mother had been away, and that Earle went to church last night and was the best behaved person there. Maddox wrote that Earle was happiest at school, and Earle said that he was going to fish turtles out of the pond. The letter ends with stick figures and a very formal 'yours truly.'" Maddox Onan is shown in the photo, ca. 1910, probably in Shelby County, Kentucky.

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