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

September 2013



Old Books, Magazines,
Greeting Cards, Etc. Wanted

Dear Editor:
My family enjoys The Kentucky Explorer so much. We travel to London in Laurel County, Kentucky, each month to purchase a copy at a large truck stop. It is a fun trip with the best part reading the magazine all the way home to Columbia in Adair County.
I save each of the magazines in a cedar chest to pass down to the next generation.
I notice that The Explorer does a great service in assisting readers. Perhaps this letter will be read by kind Kentucky folks who like to help the elderly. Our local nursing home volunteer group is in need of old books and magazines, old or new greeting cards, postcards, and bookmarks. One little lady would like to see paper dolls again.
Thanks to the staff of The Explorer for all their work.
Marilyn Turner
287 E. 80th Drive
Columbia, KY 42728


Info. Wanted On School
At Canoe, Breathitt County

Dear Editor:
I am trying, unsuccessfully so far, to find information on a school or orphanage located in the early 1900s in the Canoe community of Breathitt County, Kentucky.
I would really like to have a photo of the school, but I'd be happy with any information at all.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lisa Gabbard Stivers
1142 Creekside Drive
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342


Photo Wanted
Of Simpson Martin

Dear Editor:
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. A photo of my husband's great-great-grandfather was in the May 2013 issue.
I am trying to get a photo of Simpson Martin who owned a farm in a place near Teaberry or Big Mud (Floyd County, Kentucky).
Through The Explorer I have made contact with people from all over. I have learned a lot of history about Kentucky.
In 1951 I married a good man in Floyd County. There are still a lot of godly, caring people, who have love for their fellowman.
Margaret Samons
P. O. Box 114
Dora, AL 35062


Bush Gourds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I have been receiving The Kentucky Explorer since the summer of 1997 and look forward to each issue. The first things I read are the "Letters To The Editor," and then I work Mr. Honchul's word puzzle.
If anyone has or will have any bush gourds for sale, several of us in Chattahoochee are interested in purchasing them for a decorative artist class.
I was born and reared in Knott County, Kentucky. I still miss Kentucky.
Jeanette Combs Horton
239 McKeown Road
Chattahoochee, FL 32324


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