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

November 2013

Old Recording Wanted

Dear Editor:
Years ago I heard a recording of "What It Was, Was Football" by Andy Griffith before he became famous.
I would like to obtain a copy of this recording or a copy of the reading.
I lived for six years at Elkatawa in Breathitt County, while I was a student at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore. Later I lived a total of 20-plus years at Scottsville in Allen County.
Although I was born and reared in South Dakota, I feel that I am a naturalized Kentucky citizen present-ly living in Virginia.
I am looking forward to hearing where I can get this material.
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
Brian Bonney
32 New Brunswick Road
Fischerville, VA 22939

Vintage Quilt-Top Pattern
Dear Editor:
My husband and I have been subscribing to The Kentucky Explorer since 1988. We have always been pleased with all the articles and photos in the magazine.
Several times when I have needed information on something, Explorer readers have come through and helped me.
Now I need help in locating a pattern or instructions for a Vintage Paragon Baltimore Bride's bed-size quilt top (No. 01167) to be cross stitched.
I purchased a bag at a yard sale with the quilt stamped cross stitched panels and all the thread kit, but it did not have the pattern with it.
Any help would be appreciated in finding this pattern.
Also, I'm looking for a pattern for a crocheted thimble/needle holder, which looks like a mini sombrero.
I will pay for copies of these patterns.
Inge Grant
2935 Yoder Tipton Road
Taylorsville KY 40071

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe Wanted
Dear Editor:
My husband, Marvin D. Badger, has been gone now for four years. He passed away September 14, 2010. I still miss him.
If any reader has an old- fashioned buttermilk recipe, I would like to have a copy.
Beatrice Badger
8964 E. Georgetown Road
Columbus, IN 47201

Searching For
Hooper Relatives

Dear Editor:
I am having trouble with my family connection to Visa Hooper.
I need to know who Visa's parents were. I think Visa might have been born in Kentucky, or possibly Indiana, between 1836-1850. Her name could possibly be Rebecca Visa. She was married to George Hillard. They had a son, John Hillard, who married a Catherine Clark who was born in 1854. John and Catherine's child was Rebecca, and she married Orville Long. Their son was Alfred Long.
I have looked everywhere and can't find any information.
If someone has similar family members, feel free to contact me.
Cindy Clarke
3355 E. John Hinkle Place
Bloomington, IN

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