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 February
First Kentucky Trailer
I read with interest the article "Firsts In The Early Automobile
Industry In Kentucky" written by Carl Howell in the November
2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer. I particularly enjoyed the
section about the first Kentucky license plates.
Kentucky first began requiring license plates for trailers in
1957. My family had a general contracting business, and at that
time we were doing construction work in Central Kentucky. We
needed to get a license for our construction trailer, so my brother
went to Columbia in Adair County, which was close to where he
was working at the time. To our surprise, when he was issued
the plate, it was No. 1, which is the first in the first year
of Kentucky trailer licenses. (See photo).
Arthur J. Steilberg, Jr.
2223 Grove Drive
Naples, FL 34120
Fairchild Book Wanted
I need help in finding the book Early Fairchilds In America And
Their Descendants, by Jean Fairchild Gilmore.
The book is about the family of Thomas Fairchild who settled
in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1639.
If there are any Fairchild researchers out there, please contact
Linda Adkins Lear
209 Stirrup Circle
Nicholasville, KY 40356
I would like to share a bit of information regarding some of
my family on my father's side.
My children are Rebecca Steed Croucher, Winchester, Kentucky,
born June 12, 1985, and Martin McLeod Steed, M.D., Southern
California, born May 20, 1961. Neither have any children.
I am a twin of Virgil C. Steed, born May 1, 1937. We both served
in the paratroops in the Army. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky
University in Richmond, Madison County. I was a member of the
Richmond Masons and the Lexington Scottish Rite. I have been
married three times.
Virgil S. Steed, my father, was born in 1902 and died in 1991.
He had two sons and lived in Louisville, Kentucky. He sold books,
insurance, and farmed. His wife was Evalyne Steed.
Edgar E. Steed (1880-1966) lived in Bainbridge Georgia. He had
two sons, was married three times, and was a mechanical engineer.
He was a member of the Masonic Scottish Rite. He was sent, by
the government, to South America to work.
Virgil A. and Josie Steed were both born in 1852.
Philip S. Steed, either a Sr. or III, (1834-1876) was the younger
brother of Abraham. Many Steeds were named Philip.
Abraham Steed from South Carolina was the first Steed in Georgia
in 1792. He fought in the Revolution with his brother, Philip.
He was awarded a lot of land in Georgia for serving in that war.
James M. Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
Vicco High School Basketball
And Cheerleaders Photo
This information is in reference to a photo on page 102 of the
January 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer. Shown in the photo
were the Vicco High School basketball team and cheerleaders of
My second cousin, Colleen Singleton, was one of cheerleaders,
and Jimmy Dupree and Shelton Shively were two dreaded ball players.
One of these boys, I believe, had red hair.
As well as I can remember, this team lost in overtime to Hindman
during the 14th regional semifinals.
108 E. 43rd Street
Covington, KY 41015
Editor's Note: The photo Hagan Ritchie is referring to was shared
by Maxine Dupree, 1349 Centre Parkway, Apt. 3301, Lexington,
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.