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 June 2011

Claysville Now A Memory
Dear Editor:
My grandparents, Gus and Marian Moore, lived in Claysville, Harrison County, Kentucky. I would visit and spend time with them when I was young. I used to play around the bridge located near my grandparents' home. When I was eight years old, during the summer of 1953, the bridge burned. I have a lot of good memories of that time.
The bridge was built over the Licking River on U. S. Highway 62. The highway ran through the city of Claysville.
Today, there are concrete supports still standing in the Licking River where the bridge once stood.
At one time, Claysville was a popular place to live, but due to river flooding problems in the town, people left and now Claysville is just a memory for those who were lucky enough to experience that time.
Ron Stith
700 Mt. Zion Road
Florence, KY 41042

Name Of Melungeon Boys
Dear Editor:
I am interested in finding out the names of the Melungeon boys who are pictured on page 32 of the March 2011 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jo Struss
112 Poplar Street
Berea, KY 40403

Searching For Phyllis Martin
Dear Editor:
I enjoy and appreciate The Kentucky Explorer very much. I can't wait to get it each month.
I'm searching for Phyllis Martin. She was a friend of my mother when they were young girls. Phyllis' father, Rev. Albert Martin, was the minister at Upper Salt Lick Church located in Bath County, Kentucky. Her mother's name was Susie. The family lived in Powell County. I think Phyllis may live in Michigan now.
Any information would be appreciated.
Deborah Knowles
P. O. Box 24
Olympia, KY 40358

Dogs In The Military
Dear Editor:
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. I remember my younger days when I grew up near Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky.
I would like to hear from any Kentuckian who was with a Scout Dog or Sentry Dog Company during the Vietnam War.
There were 4,000 dogs and 8,000 handlers that went through the Vietnam War. Most of the handlers came home, but the dogs were abandoned in Vietnam. These dogs saved many lives in Vietnam. The military estimated 10,000.
Many handlers tried to bring their dogs home, but due to military policies, they were not allowed.
A bill was sent through Congress, during President Bill Clinton's Administration, to bring future war dogs back home. I don't know if it was ever passed.
I'll always believe that dogs are man's best friend.
Blake Cox
817 Mayfield Drive
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

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