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 July 2012


Troublesome Creek,
Perry County

Dear Editor:
I am writing regarding the article on page 47 of the March 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, about the old mill on Troublesome Creek in Perry County, Kentucky.
My mother, Sallie Fugate, was born there on January 7, 1882. Her father was John B. "Blue" Fugate, and her mother was Lettie Hoog. Mother married James R. Young at age 15 in 1897. James was from Lawrence County, Ohio. I was the eighth child born in 1923. I am now 88. I have one living sister. I regret that I did not learn more from my mother, who was a wonderful, loving, and caring Christian (Baptist). I intend to see her again in the next life, which will be in heaven. I was very proud of my wonderful Christian father.
I have done some research on Mother and found she was reared at Troublesome Creek, but I could not find much information of the family growing up there. I would like to learn more about her growing up. I don't think she went to high school, since she married at age 15 and moved to Lincoln County, West Virginia.
I would like to know if Perry County has a genealogical society that has information on families living at Troublesome Creek, especially the Fugates.
Father died in January 1947 and Mother died in June 1957. I was in the Army stationed in Germany and did not get back for the funerals. I served in the Army from 1942 to 1972. I am a veteran of WWII and served in Belgium (Europe), Korea, and Vietnam. I was a prisoner of war in Germany from December 1944 to May 1945. I never got married and have no children. I am 88 and struggling with a bit of disability, but I am not on any medication.
I appreciate the information the magazine provided on Troublesome Creek.
SFC E-7 Damon F. Young
US Army Retired
Westmoreland Estates
2950 Auburn Road, Apt. 3A
Huntington, WV 25704


Relations In Kentucky
Dear Editor:
Thank you for The Kentucky Explorer. My husband and I enjoy it so much. We are both from Olive Hill, Carter County, Kentucky. We find so many articles and pictures of friends and family.
Ronald has Perry, Reeder, Hors-ley, and Roe ancestors. I have Easter-ling, Ritchie, Shepherd, and Cassity descendants. Our children have Bowe and Robertson family members in Kentucky.
Ronald and Wanda Horsley
4200 US HWY 40 NE
London, OH 43140


Kentucky Explorer Loses
Long-Time Contributor

Dear Editor:
Sadie Stidham of Corbin, Kentucky, wrote her last article for The Kentucky Explorer, which was published in the June 2012 issue. She died on May 13, 2012, at the age of 97 at her home in Keavy, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Mrs. Stidham was an educator, author, genealogist, and a member of the Flatwoods Road Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Juder C. Stidham; one son Juder Stidham, Jr.; and two brothers, Ivan and Herschel Wells. Burial was in the Locust Grove Cemetery in Keavy.
Mrs. Stidham planted herself in my heart and soul at the age of five, when she became my first teacher at the Stinnett Settlement School in 1948-49. Her greatest gift to me was teaching me how to read; a great joy in my life to this day.
We are all blessed to have known her. Mrs. Stidham never forgot her Leslie County roots. She wrote of them all of her life. Even last December she penned me a note requesting a few details covering my school year with her. She was then compiling another book about her life at the age of 97.
It's within the realm of possibility we may not have had very much writing from Mrs. Stidham had it not been for her husband, Juder.
During the early 1980s, I stopped by her home outside Corbin one summer day. Juder was busy watching a baseball game on TV, so Mrs. Stid-ham took me to an upstairs room, where she did all her writing away from the noise of the TV. She went on to tell me that she did about all her writing on Sunday afternoons, because Juder always watched ball-games, and she had no interest in them. In turn, Juder had no interest in genealogy either, so this disinterest between them allowed Mrs. Stidham the time she needed to compile her books and stories that she has left for all of us.
Jolene M. Boyer
P. O. Box 42
Fredericksburg, IN 47120


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