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 May 2013

Formerly Of McCreary County
Dear Editor:
My wife and I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and look forward to it each month.
I grew up in McCreary County, Kentucky, and came to Sidney, Ohio, in 1955. We go back to Kentucky when we can.
Keep all those wonderful old photos coming in the magazine.
Rev. Leamon D. Branson
407 E. Lyndhurst Street
Sidney, OH 45365

Reared In Perry County;
Seeds Wanted

Dear Editor:
I enjoy every page of The Kentucky Explorer.
I was born and reared at Bonnyman, Perry County, Kentucky, on a small farm where my parents raised everything from fruits and vegetables to popcorn and peanuts.
I would like to buy heirloom seeds, such as white half-runners, and the type of peas (I can't remember the name) that can be cooked with the shells, and also some muskmelon seeds.
Anna M. Baker
2390 Coffee Pot Road
Austin, IN 47102

The French-Eversole Feud
Dear Editor:
I would like to share this old news clipping from 1889, which reports on a battle that lasted about 52 hours. The John McKnight mentioned in the article was of the Eversole faction of the widely-publicized French-Ever-sole feud. John was my grandfather, and he had a brother named Preston.
"Reports from the fight of the French-Eversole factions in Perry County continue to be conflicting, but, there is no doubt that a desperate encounter commenced at Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky, and is perhaps yet in progress."
A letter dated November 11, 1889, from Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky, reads:
"A fight occurred in Hazard Thursday, beginning at 4:00 p.m. and continuing 52 hours, resulting in the death of three or four and the wounding of several others. About 50 on one side and 15 on the other were engaged. It would have continued longer, but the ammunition gave out on the Eversole side, and they left the town in the hands of the French party. Persons from that section reaching here today say that Ed Campbell and John McKnight, of the Eversole party, were instantly killed Thursday, and Jesse Fields, Jailer of Perry County, and four others on the French side are badly wounded. Fields will certainly die.
"Since the soldiers were in Perry a year ago, things have been comparatively quiet, though several persons have been killed at intervals. B. F. French, the leader of one of the factions, is engaged in merchandise in Breathitt County, near the Perry line, and very seldom goes to Hazard, but when he does he is accompanied by a strongly-armed crowd. He stands indicted in the Perry Circuit Court, charged with complicity in the assassination of J. C. Eversole, which occurred years ago. Nearly all the parties most intimately related to Eversole and otherwise friendly to him have been away from Perry County for several months, fearing to go there at the risk of their lives. French was present at Hazard during the fight Thursday and Friday.
"County Judge George Eversole, a brother of J. C. Eversole, is here tonight, but could not be seen. Further news from Hazard is anxiously awaited.
Eaf McKnight
251 Beattyville Road
Jackson, KY 41339

A Sad Memory:
Could They Have Been Angels?

Dear Editor:
I was living in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1969, at Hill Court, across from the Christian Church.
It was around 7:30 p.m. and I heard a knock at my door. When I opened the door, I could hardly believe my eyes. There stood a little girl, around eight years old, holding a baby girl. Neither had on shoes or a coat. It was a week before Christmas, and it was snowing and bitter cold.
I told the little girl to come in with her sister. I knew they had to be freezing.
The little girl said, "Mister, they are giving away clothes at churc, and Daddy dropped me off to get some. I asked my wife to see if our daughter, who was age nine, had any spare coats.
My wife returned with a coat and a pair of shoes. We also gave her a blanket to wrap her little sister. The girl sat at the window, watching the church. Finally, a light came on and the girl said, "They are there now."
I took $15 from my billfold and gave it to the little girl and told her to not give the money to anyone, that it was for her and her sister.
My heart was breaking. The little girl hugged me and thanked me for the coat, shoes, blanket, and money. She left as soon as the door went shut.
I had to cry when I got to thinking what kind of father would drop off two little children in the dead of winter and drive off. I asked myself could they have been angels and had chosen my home to test my family.
Today, I'm 74 years old, and many years have passed, but I still wonder about it all.
James E. McCoy
399 Seminole Trail
Georgetown, KY 40324

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