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

June 2013

Photos, Postcards,
Sketches Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am in search of photographs, postcards, or sketches of the old train depots at Moreland (Lincoln County) and Burnside (Pulaski County), Kentucky, and photographs of times past in Liberty (Casey County), Kentucky.
Also, I am interested in information about the photographs of the Bible Mission School that was in Clinton County in 1891-1905. The school was founded and managed by Rev. John S. Keen. The school published a newsletter, and I would like to know if there are copies anywhere of those newsletters.
John Gibson wrote a booklet several years ago which provides some information, but I am interested in learning more.
Tina McFarland Savelyev
P. O. Box 1591
Danville, KY 40423

Big Hill Coal Company
Dear Editor:
I am seeking information on Big Hill Coal Company in the Johnetta and New Hope sections of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The coal was hauled out by train. The L&N Railroad ran from Brush Creek Station to the bottom of Johnetta Hill. The railroad bed is now State Highway 1912.
Any information would be appreciated.
James Croucher
70 Crawford Street, Apt. 6
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456

Items Wanted For Book
Dear Editor:
I am collecting stories, diaries, journals, genealogy, pictures, recipes, old hand-written military letters, love letters, travel postcards, or any other items family members want me to include in a Walker-Baker-Stacy-Combs book that I am putting together for a future purchase. Also, I will transcribe short letters, etc.
I wish for these items to be sent to me, so I can digitally preserve them, and they will be returned in perfect condition. All items sent must be accompanied with a SASE. Pictures and other materials can be sent electronically.
Cindy Clarke
3355 E. John Hinkle Place
Bloomington, IN 47408

Words To Song;
Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like the words to the song "Ruby Red Rose that Bloomed In God's Garden."
If anyone has this song, I would pay the costs.
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much.
I would also like to have some old-fashioned pea seeds, the tender variety.
Veva Blaylock
204 Ryason Street
Lagrange, IN 46761

Cookbook Wanted
Dear Editor:
I have been a subscriber to The Kentucky Explorer for five years.
I would like to have a copy of the cookbook Home Comfort, for which I will pay a reasonable price.
Dorothy Potter
7084 Amity Drive
Madison, OH 44057

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