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 December 2012/January 2013

Campground Church
Dear Editor:
I am seeking information on a church that was called The Campground. It was located in Magoffin County, Kentucky, just a few miles over the Johnson County line. The church was once part of the Salyersville Methodist Conference. It later became the Oil Springs United Methodist Church which is now over 100 years old.
What I am wondering is if this church was held outside since it was called The Campground.
Alice R. Conley
625 Northside Drive
Lexington, KY 40505

Owsley County Connections
Dear Editor:
I sincerely thank The Kentucky Explorer staff for allowing me to share stories since becoming a subscriber in 1995. As an amateur genealogist, the stories and letters we have had published in The Explorer have always led to new contacts and more information.
My mother, Irma Helen Scott, was born at Travellers Rest in Owsley County in 1913, the daughter of Palmer and Grace Botner Scott. My father's grandparents, the Reverend Joseph and Orpha Farmer Ward, lived at Wild Dog which is on the Jackson/Owsley County line. Ancestral names from those two counties include Botner, Caudle, Mainous, Rowlett, and Farmer.
My primary contacts from Owsley County, over the past several years, have been Judy and Randall Spencer; Glenna Joy and Don Burton, who now live in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky; and Esther Farmer. The family of Everett and Abby Marcum Ward has provided a great deal of information on the Ward/Farmer family lines.
Jerry S. Ward
409 N. 36th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Editor's Note: See the article, beginning on page 25, regarding three soldiers from Owsley County who died at Pearl Harbor.

Takes Me Close To Home
Dear Editor:
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. Just keep it coming to Pennsylvania.
Kentucky will always be home to me. I used to live in Owsley County, which is not far from Jackson (Breathitt County). Later I moved to Harlan County, and then to Pennsylvania, where I live now.
When I receive the magazine, I can't hardly wait to get to my house to start reading it.
The magazine is as close to home as I'll ever get.
God bless all of you.
Mahlon Smith
703 Park Circle
Chambersburg, PA 17202

Tribute To Veterans
Of The Whitehead Family
Dear Editor:
I would like to mention veterans, from the Whitehead family, who have served in the American Wars:
Revolutionary War: William and Robert Whitehead, brothers of Leslie County.
War of 1812: James Whitehead of Harrogate, Tennessee.
American and Mexican War, 1847-1848: Carl Whitehead of Indiana.
Civil War: George Washington Whitehead of Mozelle Beechfork, Leslie County.
Spanish American War, 1897-1898: James Farmer Whitehead of Stinnett, Leslie County.
WWI: Lloyd Whitehead, my father, of Helton Beechfork, Leslie County.
WWII: Stanley (Whitehead) Chappell of Hyden Leslie County.
I served in the Korean Conflict which escalated into the Vietnam War.
Vietnam War: Alfred Evarts Whitehead, my brother who was killed in action, June 16, 1968, of Leslie County.
Desert Storm: Lloyd Edward Whitehead of Harlan County.
Iraq War: Timothy (Whitehead) Lewis of Leslie County.
Iraq-Afghanistan War: Anthony (Whitehead) Lewis of Leslie County.
Manuel Whitehead
P. O. Box 106
Harlan, KY 40831

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