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
Seeking Help From
The Elbert Lovins Family
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
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.
110 Kingston Acres
Berea, KY 40403
Did You Know?
I think readers will be interested in the following information:
Did you know that Hopkinsville in Christian County was originally
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
Several issues ago, I asked for readers' help in locating photos
of the 1946 Senior Class of Irvine High School in Irvine, Estill
Thanks to Fred Noland of Ashtabula, Ohio; Wanda Wilson of Irvine,
Kentucky; and Barbara Walch, I have two beautiful photos of two
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
Questions About Ligon
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
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
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
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.
1207 Brooks Rackley Road
Dallas, GA 30157
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.