Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.

Here are a few queries from

April 2011

Recipe For Sweet Potato
Candy Wanted

Dear Editor:
I was born in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, and my father was William R. Thurman. He served in WWI.
I am now 85 years old.
I am interested in a sweet potato candy recipe, if someone has one to share.
Gwendolyn Ramey
P. O. Box 24
Paisley, FL 32767

Looking For Old Timey Seeds
Dear Editor:
I was given an old issue of The Kentucky Explorer, and I spent hours reading and enjoying it. For me it was like going home.
For several years I have been searching for old timey seeds of vegetables and flowers that I can save and raise the next year.
If anyone can send me a few seeds of any kind, I would be grateful.
Virginia Southard
5275 Rochester Road
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

Instructions Wanted
For Frying Rabbit

Dear Editor:
My mother and father were both natives of Owen County, Kentucky. My father liked to hunt rabbits, among other game, and I grew up eating fried rabbit prepared by my mother. I guess I never paid much attention to how it was fried, so now I would very much like someone to provide me with a recipe or instructions on how to fry rabbit.
Any help would be appreciated.
Harold Brown
7621 Buford Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Ties To Lee County
Dear Editor:
I have wanted to write for some time to tell how much I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
Since I was born in Leeco, Lee County, Kentucky, I still feel ties to Lee County even though we moved to Ohio when I was six years old. I guess my heart will always be in Kentucky. My parents were James and Lizzie Jane Shoemaker Haynes, and I know they would appreciate the magazine as much as I do. My brother, Henry Raymond Haynes, sacrificed his life at the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, and his name is on the memorial wall in Beattyville. The memorial is a great tribute to our young men from Lee County.
Thanks again for all the hard work in keeping the magazine in print.
Madgelee Moore
4534 Forest Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212

Touch-Me-Not Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am looking for old-fashioned flower seeds called touch-me-nots. They grow approximately 12 feet tall with various colors of blooms and with seed pods that split at the touch when ripe.
Lavonna Adams
433 Larue Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330