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
Pattern For Knitted Stole Wanted
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
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
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
5038 N. Delaware College Street
Osgood, IN 47037
Info. Wanted On Corn Planter
And Large Rocks At Coldiron
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
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.