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

December 2013

Sawdust Junction,
Letcher County
Dear Editor:
I would like to hear from anyone who has memories about a place in Letcher County, Kentucky, called Sawdust Junction.
Sawdust Junction was located in the southern end of Isom, at the intersection of old Highway 15 and Highway 7.
Please feel free to contact me with any memories, photos, or tales about this interesting place.
Shirley F. Breeding
P. O. Box 1
Isom, KY 41824

Manchester Depot
Photos Wanted
Dear Editor:
Several years ago photos of the North and South Manchester L&N Railroad Depots were published in The Kentucky Explorer. Since then I have lost that issue of the magazine.
If anyone has these photos or knows in which issues they were published, please contact me.
Also, I would like to see more photos of Clay County in the magazine. I live at Garrard, about a mine from where the South Manchester Depot used to be.
Terry L. Harris
1095 Paces Creek Road
Manchester, KY 40962

Old Regular Baptist
Minute Books

Dear Editor:
I have various booklets of the Mountain Association Old Regular Baptist Church Minutes dated beginning in 1955, with various years up to 1980. These minutes are from various churches in Eastern Kentucky.
John Henry Arrowood of Canoe, Breathitt County, Kentucky, was my great-great-grandfather. He worked for the L&N Railroad and was an Old Regular Baptist minister.
My grandmother, Mandy "Lettie" Johnson Combs, was a midwife in the Joe Little Fork and Canoe area of Breathitt County.
If anyone would like further information on the Old Regular Baptist Church minute books, or if anyone has any information or records of Mandy "Lettie" Johnson Combs, please contact me.
Wilma Gross
4226 HWY 15 S.
Jackson, KY 41339

A History Of Kentucky Food
Dear Editor:
I wonder if Kentucky Explorer readers are interested in sharing some of their favorite memories for a book, A History of Kentucky Food, due to be published next spring.
The book will include traditional recipes, history, and personal recollections. Did Aunt Bertha insist on using a certain cast-iron skillet? Did Gran make her cornbread a particular way? What are your food memories?
I am also interested in photos, which will be returned once scanned.
For those who are interested, feel free to contact me.
Fiona Young-Brown
2555 Crusaders Way
Lexington, KY 40509

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