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 June 2010
Brother Killed In
Hardburley Coal Mine
It was so sad to hear about the coal miners being killed in the West Virginia coal mine. My heart aches for their loved ones.
I had a precious brother, Brant Turner, who was killed in the Hardburley (Perry County, Kentucky) mine on April 15, 1947. He was the sweetest person. The day he was killed he walked down the road to meet up with his fellow workers. The neighbors said as he passed their houses, he was singing "I'm Working On A Building For My Lord." He lived on Bushes Branch in Breathitt County, Kentucky. He was married with three children.
There were two other men killed along with him. I think one was a cousin. If someone remembers who these men were, feel free to contact me.
When The Kentucky Explorer arrives in the mail, I stop what I am reading, and, most of the time, read The Explorer all the way through.
If I get to come back to Breathitt County again, I am going to stop by The Explorer office.
I still have a nephew and some cousins living in Breathitt County.
Rose Turner Kamerer
1808 Fair Meadow Drive
Florence, KY 41042
Senior And Junior
On page 30 of the March 2010 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, there was an article about doctors in the Cox genealogy tree.
In the article, an uncle and nephew were referred to as senior and junior, respectively. This was common in the older generations. It didn't always mean father and son. The titles were used for uncle and nephew, as well as for cousins, distant relatives, people with different surnames, and even brothers with the same name.
Senior means simply older and junior means younger.
James R. Slone
432 English Avenue
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Thanks For Greasy Bean Seeds
I would like to thank those who answered my request for Greasy Bean seeds.
Mansard, Apt. F48
1623 Estes Street
New Castle, IN 47362
Natives Of Harlan County
My husband, George, and I have received The Kentucky Explorer for many years. When it arrives it is just like a visit from our Kentucky families and friends. George, will be 83 years old on August 13, 2010,
We lived many years at Grays Knob, Harlan County, Kentucky. I am a native of Cawood also in Harlan County.
George would enjoy hearing from Explorer readers.
P. O. Box 235
East Stone Gap, VA 24246
These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.