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 February 2011

Born At Guage,
Breathitt County, Kentucky

Dear Editor:
I am looking for information on the community of Guage, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
I was delivered at Guage on December 19, 1942, by a midwife named Phoebe Hensley.
Any pictures of the post office, general store, or garage would be appreciated.
Also, I would like a copy of the book Bloody Breathitt, if it can be obtained.
Clyde Hensley
12510 Westshore Drive
Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Request Family Stories,
Photos, Etc.

Dear Editor:
I previously made a request for family histories, pictures, documents, etc. for a homework project I am working on in college. I will be continuing the project, collecting for classes coming up in the future.
I would appreciate any information.
Jennifer Clarke
3355 John Hinkle Place
Bloomington, IN 47408

Searching For Info.
On George Caudill

Dear Editor:
I look forward to receiving The Kentucky Explorer each month.
I got acquainted with George Caudill from Letcher County, Kentucky, when I was in Ashland, Kentucky, in the early 1950s.
Any information about George would be appreciated.
Herbert H. Horn
144 Amanda Northern Road
Lancaster, OH 43130

Magazines Available
Dear Editor:
I have 55 Kentucky Explorer magazines dated from 2003 to 2010. I am asking $50, plus shipping.
Sue M. Corbitt
125 W. Fern Drive
Orange City, FL 32763

Liver Stew Recipe Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am looking for an old recipe called liver stew.
I would like to have the history of the areas in Kentucky of Andy, Andyville, Martha, Virgie, Susie, and the Little Knot.
Also, I would like to have a few seeds from the large orange poppy plant.
Martha Sutton
3744 KY HWY 39 N.
Crab Orchard, KY 40419

More On Carbide Lighting
Dear Editor:
In a letter in the November 2010 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, Roger T. Rankin asked if anyone remembered carbide lighting.
I was born in 1937 at Red Fox, Perry County, Kentucky, and carbide lighting was all we had to light our home. It would be so good to go back to those days.
Kathleen Overfield
23023 State Route 37
Marysville, OH 43040

Words To Songs Wanted
Dear Editor:
I hope someone can help me with the lyrics to two songs.
Some of the lines in the first song are "The code of the mountains, way down in the backwoods, the code of the mountains way back in the hills. They caught him at daybreak way back in the mountains; they caught him at daybreak way back in the hills. One shot, then another, and Charlie lay dead."
The second song is evidently about a mine cave-in. Some of the lines are "I am the son of a miner and my father's father was a miner, too. When every mother's son knelt down to pray..."
I remember hearing these songs in the 1940s.
Frank Taylor
720 New Light Circle
Winfield, TN 37892

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