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
Embroidery Patterns Wanted
I am looking for the iron-on type of embroidery patterns. If
they no longer can be ironed on, I can trace them on paper.
When I was a young girl, I would trace pictures out of coloring
books, etc. to make patterns.
I guess other readers remember going to the grocery store to
get what food we couldn't raise. When we didn't have the money
to pay until Dad got paid at the sawmill, we would have our merchandise
"put on the bill." Each store kept a small tablet to
keep track of each family. There was a sheet of carbon in the
tablet so two copies could be made, one for the buyer and one
for the store.
We always kept a sheet of carbon in a special place for our tracing
needs. When we didn't have carbon paper, we would lay our paper
on the window so the light would shine through and trace our
pattern. It seems as if we had a lot more time back then and
enjoyed our work and family more.
5275 Rochester Road
Beaver Dam, KY 42320
I would like to know if any readers of The Kentucky Explorer
have the book Long Hunt. It's a story about a trapper, Murfree
Renard, in the 1700s. It was written by William Boyd.
I read this book back in the 1960s. If anyone has the book, I
would like to buy it.
936 Pine Grove Road
Olympia, KY 40358
Stories Wanted Of WWI/WWII
Soldiers Buried Overseas
Four years ago I began searching for stories of the Oklahoma
soldiers who are buried overseas. Recently, however I began the
search for as many of the stories as I could find of soldiers
from all around the United States.
I began this journey with a visit to all 23 American cemeteries
located around the world where the soldiers from Oklahoma are
buried. I spent six months traveling through Europe, North Africa,
the Philippines, and Hawaii, where I placed over 2,000 Oklahoma
rose rocks at the graves of the soldiers.
Everything started when I visited a Normandy cemetery and walked
up to an Oklahoman's grave. I gave him a rose rock (official
state rock of Oklahoma) and found about 20 other graves that
day. When I went back, I visited the 144 Oklahoma soldiers in
the cemetery and gave all of them a rose rock.
On several occasions I wanted to walk away from my journey and
come back home. I had very little money and my feet were badly
blistered because of the walking.
On the days I didn't have a host to stay with, I would have an
apple or orange for breakfast and for supper pasta and tomato
paste. I would also camp with a tent and a sleeping bag I had
on my backpack to save money.
Once I had made it to each of the cemeteries, the thought of
going home was washed away, and I worked at finding the graves
of the soldiers. It was hard work, but I realized that if I didn't
do this that no one would and these men would not have a piece
of Oklahoma with them.
After I returned home I began my search for the stories of the
3,000 Oklahoma soldiers. However, he soon found roadblock after
roadblock in his way to gathering the stories of these amazing
All too many times I have had family members tell me, "I
wish I had known about this a year ago, because my mom was alive,
and she knew everything about my uncle buried overseas."
I have gathered around 50 stories, some only partially complete,
of WWI and WWII members of the military from Oklahoma.
I am now in the process of looking for stories of soldiers from
I have decided to find one story from each state for each of
the 23 cemeteries located overseas and Hawaii. I know that if
the stories are fading here in Oklahoma they are fading all around
the U. S.
The stories that I collect will be shared with each soldier's
cemetery so that others passing through them can hear the tales
and histories of these honorable men.
I am looking for copies of photos, letters, family stories, information
about the soldier's life, and even history of the area of which
each soldier lived.
Anyone who has any information on a solider who is buried overseas,
please contact me by visiting apieceofhomeusa.com to arrange
a digital transfer.
Information can also be sent by mail.
P.O. Box 582
Maysville, OK 73057
75th Anniversary Of Frozen
This year (2014) will be the 75th anniversary of the tragic Frozen
Creek Flood in Breathitt County. Actually the anniversary will
fall on Saturday, July 5, 2014, the day after Independence Day.
I am not from Breathitt County, however my great-grandparents
Abner Miller and Lucinda Caroline Smith Miller were. Abner was
a preacher and farmer at War Creek and most of his older children
were born in Breathitt County. Eventually Abner's family and
his brother's (William Letcher Miller) family moved to Woodford
I discovered this tragic event while doing research last year
at the Breathitt County Library. I have read as much as I could
find on the flood, and for some reason I am just drawn to the
I am very curious if there are any people still alive in the
area that were first-hand witnesses, and if anyone is planning
on doing any major coverage of this historic event.
Woodford County Historical Society
121 Rose Hill Avenue
Versailles, KY 40383
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.