Letters To The Editor

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 December 2010/January 2011

Enjoyed Old Photo Of Corbin
Dear Editor:
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and read it from cover-to-cover.
In the August 2010, it was nice to see an old photo of my hometown, Corbin, Kentucky.
I like the stories and old songs that are printed. I am 75 years old and the magazine brings back so many memories.
L. J. Lloyd
7721 Cool Sands
San Antonio, TX 78223

Stamper-Prater Feud
Information Wanted

Dear Editor:
I enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer for it brings back memories of my boyhood in Carter County, Kentucky.
I am trying to clear up a story that was told to me when I was a little boy over 80 years ago.
The story is that the Stamper and Prater families were having a feud around 1890 or 1900 in Olive Hill or Grayson, Kentucky. According to family lore, Steve and Grant Stamper had an argument or a duel with the Praters, and both were shot and killed.If anyone knows the real story, I would like to know what really happened.
Thanks for the memories.
Elwood Rhoden
625 E. Mark Street
Marion, OH 43302
[email protected]

Reminiscences Of An Old Soldier
Dear Editor:
I would like to share an old article that was contributed to the Greenup Kentucky Gazette on February 28, 1912, by Colonel Worthington of Greenup County, about my great-grandfather, Aaron Arms.
I felt this information would be interesting for readers of The Kentucky Explorer, especially genealogists.
"As the sunset of night draws nigh the mind naturally reverts to the past, and while there are many minor instances that are clouded and obscure, there are others which are engraven upon the tablets of memory that will remain until the final 'muster out' takes place. This is especially so with those who participated in the Civil War. Their names, their faces, and their peculiar characteristics, as the mind passes them in review, are all present again.
"But there is one whose manly form stands out in bold relief. When duty called he was ever present, standing tall and straight as the 'mountain pine,' lythe as the tiger, and equally fierce when danger was confronted.'
His kind, brown eyes, and smiling face invited confidence from all with whom he came in contact. He was ever ready to head the cause of the suffering companion. At all times as kind and sympathetic as the mother is to the cries of her suffering infant. In him his comrades placed implicit confidence when danger was to be met. No difficult reconnaissance was to be made unless his services were required. His companions placed the most implicit confidence in his courage, judgment, and prudence. With an eye like the eagle and with a cunning and skill equal to the Indian, he could obtain more information of the location of the enemy than any man in the command.
"The subject of this sketch, Arron Arms, was born in North Carolina, April 16, 1824, and died November 8, 1909. Early in life he migrated to Morgan County, Kentucky, with his family, bringing with them those sturdy traits which adorn the character of the Virginians and Carolinians of those early days: hospitality, honesty, and courage. The 'latch string' ever hung out; the door was ever open for the stranger, the neighbor, and the needy. Avarice had no abiding place with them. Often I have seen this gallant soldier, when marching through the scorching sands of the South, under the blistering rays of the southern sun, take from the shoulders of a wearied comrade his knapsack, adding to his own, and carrying it for hours without complaining. His powers of endurance seemed almost inexhaustible, ever ready to return a favor or redress a wrong. His education was neglected in early youth, as the facilities for obtaining an education in Eastern Kentucky during his youth were almost impossible to the children of the poor. Had he been surrounded by different environments and been the recipient of a liberal education, his shoulders might have been adorned with stars instead of his insignia of rank, the common blue blouse of the private soldier.
"He enlisted in October, 1861, in Company B, 22nd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and served continually until January 1865.
"But to such as him is due the preservation of the states of this glorious republic.
"All honor to them!
"A Comrade"
Mildred Veach Enyart
1713 Crimson Drive
Worthington, KY 41183

These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.