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 July/August 2013

Seeking Help From
The Elbert Lovins Family

Dear Editor:
At a trade store in Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, I bought a nice photograph scrapbook that contains personal pictures, a birth record, a diploma from Tri-City Barber College, get well cards, etc. This album belonged to Elbert Lovins. It appears that he had a barbershop located on Brown Street in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
There is a poster in the album that reads "Do You Remember?" Scenes From Breathitt County's Historic Past, which shows Fort Knox Warriors, Summer Camp, 38th Military Police Company, and Kentucky National Guard.
I can't bring myself to destroy or get rid of this treasure.
I would like for this album to go back to some family member. This is a very personal scrapbook.
It seems, when as a child, one can't wait to reach a certain age for whatever reason. Then, when getting older, one wants to go back in time to the good old days when he walked down a muddy road, barefoot, and felt the mud oozing between his toes; a time of going to a one-room schoolhouse; a time when the family photo was taken in front of the family car; a time when one plowed all day, looking at the backside of a mule; a time when one put a winter supply of food in jars and thanked God for a bountiful harvest; a time of looking hard down a dirt road to see a son coming home from war or the man of the house coming home from a hard day's work in the coal mines; a time of driving by and seeing someone getting baptized the old-fashion way in the creek; a time when someone brings supper home in one hand and carries a gun in the other. I could go on and on.
All of these precious memories can be found in The Kentucky Explorer magazine.
I want to take the time to thank each person who contributes to the magazine that keeps the "days gone by" alive in the readers' hearts.
Thanks to the staff for putting those wonderful photos of the past in the magazine, and thanks to those who submit them.
When I look at these photos and see someone I remember from my past, it brings to me a warm feeling.
This is what The Explorer is all about.
Keep up the good work. I hope the magazine goes on for generations.
Charles Harrison
110 Kingston Acres
Berea, KY 40403


Did You Know?
Dear Editor:
I think readers will be interested in the following information:
Did you know that Hopkinsville in Christian County was originally called "Elizabethtown?"
It's true! Hopkinsville was laid out in 1799 on land donated by Bartholomew Wood. In 1804 the name was changed to Hopkinsville in honor of General Samuel Hopkins, a veteran of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
During the Civil War both Union and Confederate troops moved through Christian County and Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his forces reconnoitered there during the winter of 1861-62. It was also the birthplace of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, as well as Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Vice-President under Grover Cleveland, and also the birthplace of Kentucky Governor Edward T. Breathitt (1963-1967).
I think what really sparked Hopkinsville was Fort Campbell which lies a mere 20 miles away.
I didn't realize that Christian County was the second largest county by size in the state of Kentucky.
Ray S. Bochert
870 Industrial Park Road
Dawson Springs, KY 42408

Thanks For Help
Dear Editor:
Several issues ago, I asked for readers' help in locating photos of the 1946 Senior Class of Irvine High School in Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky.
Thanks to Fred Noland of Ashtabula, Ohio; Wanda Wilson of Irvine, Kentucky; and Barbara Walch, I have two beautiful photos of two reunions.
Some of my classmates are deceased, but I cherish the photos.
The Explorer is a wonderful way to find lost family members, classmates, and others.
There have been great articles printed in the magazine about my Brandenburg and William families.
Barbara Brandenburg McAndrews
154 C. Street, #7
Springfield, OR 97477

Enjoyed Article;
Questions About Ligon

Dear Editor:
I read with pleasure the story on page 86 of the May 2013 issue called "The Gift" by McArthur McCoart.
The article mentioned a place call Ligon in Floyd County, Kentucky.
I would like to know if Ligon and Hi-Hat are the same place, and, if Ligon is pronounced like Legion.
James R. Slone
432 English Avenue
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Editor's Note: Ligon and Hi Hat are two communities in different locations in Floyd County. Also, the pronunciation of Ligon is probably the same as Legion, but could vary in areas.

Magazine Helps In Many Ways
Dear Editor:
I wonder if the staff of The Kentucky Explorer realizes how many people the magazine helps?
I know it takes a lot of dedication to put together such a wonderful product.
I was thinking of all the good things I've received from people all over the state of Kentucky, because of the magazine. When I mentioned I was looking for a couple of books, a Mr. Long sent me one.
I have received so many phone calls from people from all over who commented on stories I have written. They either knew some of the same people or just had had similar experiences.
Also, I ordered garden seeds from a man, and they turned out to be great.
So, thanks to the staff of The Explorer.
Phyllis Dockery
1207 Brooks Rackley Road
Dallas, GA 30157

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