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
Grew Up In Lawrence County
I read with interest the article written by Imogene Herald on
page 10 of the October 2011 Kentucky Explorer. All the things
she mentioned were very familiar, as I was born in December 1940
at the head of a "holler" in Lawrence County.
I walked over a mile to a one-room school for eight years. After
starting high school at Louisa, I still had to walk out to catch
the bus, sometimes before daylight. Sometimes I would stay with
my great-aunt, Erma, when the weather was bad, as the bus ran
by her house. Aunt Erma had a modern bathroom and a television.
I did not graduate with my class, because I quit school in December
1957, during my junior year, and got married; and I'm still married.
I remember feeling sad when I wasn't among my classmates when
they graduated in May 1959. By that time, I had a four-month-old
son. I did get my diploma a couple of years later by taking a
correspondence course. Several years later, I read in the Big
Sandy News about a ten-year class reunion held by my classmates.
All the names mentioned were familiar to me. I'm sure some of
them have passed on by now.
My sister and brother-in-law now live at the old homeplace, after
having a new home built. The builder was Marvin Moore, Aunt Erma's
son. The old house where my family grew up still stands nearby,
and the family keeps it in good repair. Every time I go back
to visit, I go through the old house, and memories flood back.
My father died there when I was 13 years old.
The founder of The Kentucky Explorer is to be commended for publishing
a magazine so enjoyable to Kentuckians everywhere. I hope it
continues for years to come, so the ways and customs of our Kentucky
kinfolk will never be forgotten.
Marlene Moore Carter
2658 Weaver Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Thanks For Words To Song
I wish to thank Benjamin Barnett and another man, whose name
I have forgotten, for contacting me with the words to the song
432 English Avenue
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Butter Roll Recipe Wanted
I am looking for an old recipe for what my mother called "butter
She made this delicious roll for us when we were children growing
up on the farm in Lee County, Kentucky.
Hopefully, a Kentucky Explorer reader will have this recipe.
302 State Street, Apt. A
Boyne City, MI 49712
Military Boards In Perry
I am interested in finding information about what happened to
the WWII memorial boards at Harveyton and Blue Diamond at First
Creek, Perry County, Kentucky. All the boys who were in the military
were named on those boards.
If anyone has any information and, especially, any photos of
these memorial boards, please contact me.
I lived at Harveyton and went to Harveyton Grade School and graduated
from First Creek High School in 1949.
We have a First Creek and Blue Diamond Reunion every Labor Day
weekend in September at the Buckhorn Lake State Park Lodge. I
would like to encourage anyone who lived on First Creek to try
to come to the reunion.
Jean Caldwell Hensley
3062 Ridgemont Circle
Kingsport, TN 37663
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.