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

May 2011



Hollyhock Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
If any reader has any double hollyhock seeds or plants available, I would like to buy some of them.
Florence Mullins
54 Hayden Mullins Road
Campton, KY 41301


Various Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am interested in finding seeds for blue-gray Missouri squash. This squash is of an oblong shape with smooth skin that is slightly dimpled.
Also, I am interested in the following types of bean seeds: old-fashioned, white fall, crooked stick, and European fall.
If any reader has any of these seeds available, please contact me.
Ruth Williams
P. O. Box 491
Jackson, KY 41339


Fire Tower Photo Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am interested in a photo of the fire tower that overlooked Cumber-land in Harlan County, Kentucky.
As a young boy, I would walk up the mountain to the tower. It was exciting to climb those wooden steps to the top of the tower. Every now and then a step would be missing.
I would like to hear from anyone who has pictures of the tower and the cabin which sat next to the tower.
Robert Thomas Melton
3410 Fleetwood Drive
Lexington, KY 40502


Wants To Locate An Army Buddy
Dear Editor:
I have a request that I hope readers can help me with.
I was in the U. S. Army in the early 1960s with a man from Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky, by the name of Franklin Gross. He would be in his early 70s now.
If any reader has his address, I would really like to get in touch with him.
Lowell Cornett
153 E. Grande Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601


Goff School In Clark County
Dear Editor:
I attended Goff School in Clark County, Kentucky, when I was in the first through third grade. My teacher was Betty Taul. My parents were Viola and Henry (stepfather) Combs.
I would like to hear from anyone who attended Goff School in 1937-1939 or anytime before or after.
Also, I would like to acquire a photo if anyone has a copy. I will pay the costs.
Irene Combs Willoughby
314 Richmond Street
Lancaster, KY 40444