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 October
Woodsbend General Store
Does anyone remember trading or know of anyone who traded at
the Woodsbend General Store, located at Woodsbend in Morgan County,
Kentucky? The business was operated by my parents, John Burns
and Zona Fugate May. The store opened in the early 1920s and
closed in the 1970s.
I am compiling a scrapbook of memories about my parents' store
and the Woodsbend Post Office.
The old store building no longer exists, as it blew away during
the May 2, 2012, tornado. I am interested in any photos of the
location of the store after the tornado.
Any memories or photos would be appreciated.
Edith May Gunnell
4918 HWY 705
West Liberty, KY 41472
Grandfather's Oral History
I grew up in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, in the 1950s.
Once a year the family would drive up the snake-like road to
visit the grandparents in Maysville, Mason County.
When we arrived, Grandpa would take me down to the basement,
where he smoked cigars, drank Bourbon, and listened to Waite
Hoyte on the "Burger Beer Baseball Network."
One day Grandpa told me the bricks in his house came from the
Libby (Yankee) Prison in Richmond, Virginia.
According to Grandpa, some time after the Civil War a Yankee
decided to take Libby Prison apart brick by brick and ship the
brick to Chicago for the World's Fair. The train wrecked near
Maysville, and my grandfather built his house.
I would like to know if anyone has heard this story?
Charles J. Dwyer
PSC 517 Box RCV
FPO AP 96517
I am searching for a photo of the Dwale School House from the
late 1800s to the early 1900s. The school was located at Dwale,
Floyd County, Kentucky.
Also, I am interested in any class photos taken up to 1915.
I certainly would appreciate any help.
Robert L. Christman
102 Sunset Place
Goshen, OH 45122
Formerly Of Estill County
I enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer.
I was born in Estill County, Kentucky, and moved to Elizabethtown
when I was 15 years old. I am now 84.
My parents were Dillard and Emerine Wiseman. I still have a few
cousins left in Estill County.
221 Buford Lane, Apt. 2
Elizabeththown, KY 42701
Fun To Share With
Thanks to The Kentucky Explorer staff for its efforts in the
publication of the magazine.
I am learning so much about my heritage, and it is fun to share
with fellow Kentuckians in St. Petersburg.
It was wonderful to see "our" Kentucky Wildcats pose
on the steps of our nation's capitol.
830 N. Shore Drive, N. E., #4D
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Interested In White Oak
Family Gathering Photo
Congratulations on an excellent magazine. I am a retired public
school employee, and at one time I taught Kentucky and American
history. Thus, I anxiously await for each subscription.
In August of 1998, I was introduced to The Kentucky Explorer.
Recently, I was able to purchase issues from 1994. In the August
1997 issue, on page 95, was a photo, courtesy of Leberta Potter,
of a White Oak Sunday afternoon family gathering. I would be
most interested in talking with Leberta for the following reasons:
Gregory Doyle (Doyel) was my grandfather four times removed.
He migrated to this area ca. 1795-1797 from Rowan County, North
Carolina, where he served in the American Revolutionary War.
He reached the rank of captain. He eventually owned 5,230 acres
of land in the area of the White Oak community. Dr. Sutton Doyle
was Gregory's great-grandson and my great-grandfather.
Any assistance given this request will be greatly appreciated.
21997 Louisville Road
Park City, KY 42160
Info. Wanted On
Dr. Coldiron Of Hazard
I would appreciate any information on anyone who attended Summit
Consolidated School between the years of 1943 and 1950. Pauline
Travis was one of my good friends during that time.
Also, ca. 1947-1948, my mother became ill in Hazard, Perry County,
Kentucky, and a Dr. Coldiron took care of her, and some very
wonderful people in Hazard saw to us children during her illness.
I would like information on Dr. Coldiron.
Any help would be appreciated.
Phyllis "Ruth" Cornett Howard
9415 N. 99th Avenue, Apt. 2035
Peoria, AZ 85345
Thanks For Info., Recipes
Thanks to all Kentucky Explorer readers for the responses to
my letter, which appeared in the June 2012 issue, asking for
information on my ancestors of the Maddox, Monroe, Weisman, and
Also, thanks for all the responses for my request, in the July-August
2012 issue, for a cheesecake recipe, like my momma made, using
cottage cheese. I will try all of them.
Margaret Weisman Fryman
15527 Orangeade Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
I would like to have a photo of the 1946 Senior Class of Irvine
High School in Estill County, Kentucky.
I will gladly pay for any copying and postage costs.
Barbara Brandenburg McAndrews
154 C Street, Apt. 7
Springfield, OR 97477
Dog Tick Seed Wanted
I am looking for Dog Tick Seed that is planted in gardens to
keep moles out. I had been given this seed several years ago
by a family in Eastern Kentucky, but I am unable to locate it
If anyone has this type of seed, please contact me.
2474 Lower Union Hill Road
Canton, GA 30115
Honaker Family Association
Holds 24th Annual Reunion
The 24th annual nationwide Honaker Family Reunion was held on
August 10-11, 2012, around Honaker, Virginia, with accommodations
in Lebanon, Virginia, with about 100 in attendance. The highlight
of the reunion was a visit to the Coal Miners Memorial at Richlands,
Virginia, which honors nearly 1,100 coal miners from surrounding
counties who died in mine-related accidents. Among these were
four Honaker men including Silas and his son, Fullen, who were
instantly killed in a mine explosion on their first day in the
Yukon Mine at Susanna, West Virginia.
The Honaker Family Association is a nationwide organization of
some 300 members descended from the Swiss ancestor Hans Jacob
Honegger who was born in 1718, and immigrated to America, landing
in Philadelphia on August 30, 1749. Hans' first wife and his
infant son both died on the voyage and were buried at sea. After
serving as an indentured servant, Hans married Maria Goetz on
July 8, 1753. He died in 1796 in Montgomery County, Virginia,
leaving ten sons and four daughters. Three of these children
moved to Kentucky and contributed to its pioneer development.
Peter Honaker was born in 1762 in Frederick County, Maryland.
He served with General George Rogers Clark on the expedition
to Vincennes, Indiana, and received bounty land for his service.
Peter married Mary Music, and moved to Montgomery County, Kentucky,
where he died in 1806, leaving six children.
Mary Honaker was born around 1767 in Frederick County, Maryland,
married Henry Smith, and moved to Pike County, Kentucky, where
she died after 1825, leaving seven children.
Issac Honaker was born around 1775 in Dunmore County, Virginia,
married Susannah Penner, and moved to Butler County, Kentucky,
where he established the Honaker Ferry across Green River. Isaac
died in Butler County, Kentucky, in 1796 leav-
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.