Letters To The Editor

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 March 2014

Tragedy In Lincoln County

Dear Editor:
For the last several years, each month I have anxiously awaited the arrival of The Kentucky Explorer. My first introduction to the magazine was when my sister-in-law, Hester Leece, gave me an issue. I was hooked. My daughter ordered a subscription for me, and I have kept it coming.
I was born and reared in the wonderful and beautiful state of Kentucky, and it is still home. Many of the articles I have read seem to carry me back home. I plan to write of my own experiences at a later time.
On January 11, 1935, a terrible tragedy occurred between Crab Orchard and Brodhead, Lincoln County, Kentucky. This was in the vicinity of where I grew up. In fact, three Leece families owned farms which adjoined the Helton farm where the tragedy took place. Five members of the Helton family were shot to death and various others were wounded. The Helton family members who were killed are buried at the Brindle Ridge Family Cemetery in Lincoln County.
The entire story concerning all the details of this event can be viewed at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.
Elmer Leece
104 W. New Melville Road
Willard, MO 65781

Old Maryland Ancestors
Dear Editor:
My mother's (Ruby Lillian Boyd) family names were Calvert and Boyd. They arrived in America with the group that settled Baltimore, Maryland.
The Calverts and Boyds began moving west. My mother's family moved to Allen County, Kentucky, and some of them still live there.
Mother married Herman Hammond in Simpson County, Kentucky.
H. D. Hammond
1427 Lebanon Pike #109
Nashville, TN 37210

Formerly Of Lee County, Ky.
Dear Editor:
I am the daughter of the late H. B. and Elizabeth Barker Hobbs who lived in Lee County near Beattyville, Kentucky. They were both reared in Kentucky. Dad's parents were John and Margret Hobbs, and Mom's parents were Joe and Sarah Barker, all of Lee County.
I was born in 1930. In 1945 I was in boarding school in Wolfe County. I was married in 1949 and had three children: Bob, Susan, and Jeff. We lived in Lake Orion, Michigan, for ten years and then returned to Kentucky to help care for my husband's dad, Jesse Combs, who was married to Frona Gabbard, the daughter of Arch and Lela Gabbard, who ran the post office at Filmore in Lee County.
At the age of 62, I had moved to an apartment in Beattyville. I lived there until I was 80 and then moved to Indiana where my son, Jeff, lives. This is where I am today at the age of 83.
I am a happy person who likes to cook and have company. I also have been a Jehovah's Witness for 20 years.
Geneva "Jo" Combs
503 E. Forest Home Street, Apt. 9
Roachdale, IN 46172

The Herrington Lake Mystery
Dear Editor:
I was fascinated by an article that appeared in the September 2013 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
It was entitled "The Herrington Lake Mystery: Is Harry Really There?" and was written by Dennis Feeback.
A lifetime ago, I used to swim and waterski at this lake. It used to be a popular recreation area.
The Dix Dam was built by Kentucky Utilities in the 1920s to provide electricity for that area. The area has many sinkholes, which indicates there could be many caves surrounding the lake.
The people who live in the area say the lake has a false bottom, because the trees and buildings were not removed when the lake was filled. They think limbs and debris settled and created the false bottom.
In Mr. Feeback's article, he tells about the great mystery of Herrington Lake.
It was reported that a monster was sighted in the lake by numerous people in the 1960s and 1970s. The monster was described as being 20 feet long with a snout-like face and a curly tail.
There have been no reports of any sightings of the monster for about 20 years.
If any reader knows of someone who has seen the monster, I would like to read about it in The Explorer.
Also, there was a photo published in The Explorer of a man who caught a 75-pound catfish at Herrington Lake. I bet that fish put up a heck of a fight.
James M. Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 4050

These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.