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 October 2013
Celebrates 95th Birthday
I am pleased to announce that my dear cousin, Dorothy Marie Hubbard Mullins, celebrated her 95th birthday on March 10, 2013, at her home in Waynesburg, Lincoln County, Kentucky.
Dorothy was born in 1918 and is the daughter of John Arvil and Goldie Gertrude Bryant Hubbard. She married Horace Gilbert Mullins (1910-
1987) on January 1, 1938. Their children were Doris Ann (1941-1979) and Gilbert Wayne (1938-2011).
Dorothy has three children: John Mark Robbins, Harold Gilbert "Gib" Robbins, and Dorothy "Dottie" Robbins Durrett. Some of Dorothy's grandchildren visited with her at her birthday celebration.
While Dorothy's health is not the best these days, she enjoys reading and likes to work word puzzles. Her hearing is diminished, but her sisters, Leola Hubbard Caudill (age 90) and Ruth Hubbard Mullins (age 92) visit her weekly, and she always enjoys their visits. Dorothy's mind is still very sharp, and she remembers lots of family information to tell her granddaughter, Dottie, from Mesquite, Texas, whenever she visits. Dottie's daughter, Heather, gave Dorothy a new great-great-granddaughter, Mae-
lie Marie Wimbish, born December 28, 2012.
I met Dorothy in 1997 when I visited with the Hubbard clan in Lincoln County. I have enjoyed the new discoveries and sharing our common Hubbard and Polley family history with all of these fine folks over the years. My Hubbard cousins have been so kind to share photos and great family stories with me.
Dorothy's grandfather, John Preston Burdine Hubbard, and my great grandmother, Louella Hubbard Miles, were brother and sister. Although several of my Hubbard cousins in Lincoln County have passed away since my initial visit, I'm just so fortunate to have known each one.
All these wonderful people are all special family to me.
Billie Sue Graybeal
2327 Grant Avenue
St. Albans, WV 25177
Thanks For Material
For Future Publication
I want to thank readers for sending photos, memories, and diaries to be to be transcribed for the book I am working on of Kentucky memories.
I want to especially thank Doro-thy Shoulders for her very huge contribution of memorabilia for the book.
I am still taking more information for those interested in contributing.
Please send material with SASE for prompt return of items.
3355 John Hinkle Place
Bloomington, IN 47408
Old Song Remembered
Thanks for all the wonderful memories The Kentucky Explorer allows us to share.
I wonder if any readers have heard the following song:
"There's an old mother hen/And she goes cluck, cluck/As she calls baby chicks to her side/They go peep, peep, peep/As they go to sleep/As under her wings they hide."
My sweet mother, Jacqueline Wanda Holt Sandberg, would sing this to us children. Mother was from Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky. She lived with her mother, Bertha May Holt Holt, and her brothers, Don and Phillip, at 109 North O'Neal Street.
Mother moved to Dayton, Ohio, during WWII to work as a clerk-typist at Patterson Field. There she met my father, Robert William Sandberg, where they lived and reared their family.
We children surely do miss Mother.
5038 Hahn Avenue
Fairborn, OH 45324
These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.