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

February 2013




Ivyton And Bear Tree Schools
Information Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like any information and photos of the Ivyton and the old Bear Tree Schools in Magoffin County, Kentucky.
My dad, Ollie Williams, and my mother, Pearlie McKenzie Williams, both attended the Bear Tree School. My siblings and I attended the Ivyton School.
Mr. Hurl Scott was a teacher at both schools, teaching my parents and later their children. He was a good teacher for many years.
Any information would be appreciated.
Wanda Barnett
738 Limestone Branch
Salyersville, KY 41465


Ralph Stanley Knife
And Bean Seeds Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am looking for a Ralph Stanley pocketknife, which has his picture on the handle. I would be interested in purchasing it, if it is not too expensive.
Also, I'm looking for dried beans, if anyone has any for sale.
Gracie Jones
80 Kiser Drive
Tipp City, OH 45371
937/667-3980


Cockscomb Flower Seeds
Dear Editor"
I have an abundance of cockscomb flower seeds available.
If a reader would like to have some of these seeds, please send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Dewey Partin
25430 Colgate Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125


Songs Wanted
Dear Editor:
I have over 11,000 record albums, and each time I get The Kentucky Explorer, I look for requests for songs. If I have them, I send the person a copy of them on CD.
There are three songs I would like to have a copy of. They are "Count The Milestones," "Boney Fingers," and the third song has the words "if Texas saw what Arkansas, what did Tennessee."
I would appreciate any help.
Also, I would like to purchase a record album by "The Trace Family Trio."
Everett Barker
1525 Dry Ridge Mt. Zion Road
Dry Ridge, KY 41035
859/824-6848


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