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 May 2012

Jeffries Family
Dear Editor:
The March 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer contained an 1871 reprint article about the Jeffries family of Russell County, Kentucky.
My mother-in-law is a Jeffries. Her father, Christopher Columbus Jeffries, was born in 1870 in Boonie-ville, Hart County, Kentucky; and died in Lawrence County, Indiana. Chris-topher's father was James A. Jeffries who was born about 1835 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky.
James and his wife, Nancy Elizabeth Martin, are listed in the 1870 federal census for Metcalfe County with five children: Lucian K., James William, Charles K., Christopher Columbus, and Dixie Jeffries.
James' brother, James William, was born in 1862 in Hart County. He is listed with his wife, Anna P., in the 1900 census for Hart County, along with ten children, including twins, Willard and Wilburn.
Because of the close proximity to Russell County (in the article), I am trying to tie the families together.
I am interested in corresponding with anyone who can assist me with the Jeffries family.
Doris Lester Butler
216 Saratoga Way
Anderson, IN 46013

Remembering My Grandparents
Dear Editor:
I remember my grandparents, Jerry (7/20/1880-9/10/1959) and Polly Mullins Wells (6/12/1880-5/3/1974). They lived at Happy, Perry County, Kentucky. They will always be special to me.
Pap was a rock mason, farmer, and carpenter. He made shoes for his mules.
Ma was a homemaker and made quilts and canned food for the winter. She milked the cow and churned the butter.
When school was out for the summer, I would stay with them until school started back.
After all this time, I still miss them.
Their neighbors were the Smiths, Browns, Sweatmans, and Dilce and Naomi Combs.
Rob Patrick was the postmaster at Happy.
Maurice Wells
P. O. Box 155
Ary, KY 41712

"Sweet Milk And Light Bread"
Dear Editor:
I enjoyed the article about my grandfather, Gilbert Vanover, in the January 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
Grandpa has told his story many times about growing up in Sawyer, McCreary County, Kentucky. He lived on a dirt road in a house that had no running water or electricity. The outhouse contained a Sears & Roebuck catalog. He banked the fireplace at night, brought in kindling, and read by a coal-oil lamp. He ordered garden seeds and they arrived from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
After Grandpa returned from combat in Korea, when he was assigned to duty at Wisconsin, he told me one night he and some of the boys went out to eat. The waitress asked him, "What would you like?" He said, "Sweet milk and light bread." She said, "All our bread is light, and we have chocolate, white, and buttermilk." He said he knew he was not in Sawyer anymore.
Garrett Jones
161 Nuchols Street, Unit 8143
Goodfellow AFB, TX 76908

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