Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.


Here are a few queries from

December 2012/January 2013




Pattern For Knitted Stole Wanted

Dear Editor:
While on vacation to my old hometown of Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky, I bought my first copy of The Kentucky Explorer. I subscribed and have been happy as each issue comes to my door.
I have noticed many people have made requests in the magazine, and now, I would like to ask a favor.
I need a pretty pattern for a crocheted or knitted stole. Most of my pattern books I have given away. Now, I need one.
Any help would be appreciated.
Shirley J. Harness
1607 S. Center Street
Bloomington, IL 61701


Words To Song Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am looking for the words to an old song that my mother said her father used to sing.
Some of the words are "I once had a good little woman who would talk and talk with me; now she's sitting on some other rounder's knee."
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Phyllis Dwenger
5038 N. Delaware College Street
Osgood, IN 47037


Info. Wanted On Corn Planter
And Large Rocks At Coldiron

Dear Editor:
I have two requests for help.
The first request concerns a farm implement, which I call a corn planter. It consists of two pieces, a seed holder and dispenser. It is about four feet long and when it is opened up the seed drops into the dispenser, and when it is closed the seed drops out. Then the seed is covered by kicking the dirt over the seed.
My younger brother, who is 73, says he can recall our grandfather using one of these implements in the 1950s on his farm at Coldiron, Harlan County, Kentucky.
I recently became the owner of one of these corn planters and would like some information on it, such as when it was invented and where it was manufactured.
My second request regards rock formations on a large parcel of land adjacent to my family's property at Coldiron. There was about 10 to 20 acres of land covered with huge rocks. Some were as large or larger than a two-story house and many others at various sizes. There were two large rocks located on my families property.
Any information on these requests would be greatly appreciated.
John H. Saylor
Mercy Fransiscan Terrace, 5B8
100 Compton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215


These are only two of the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.