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

April 2014

Cutting Timber And Rushing
Out In Early 1900

Dear Editor:
I would like information or articles depicting the act of getting the huge timber out of the mountains in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
I have written the book At The Head Of The Holler (see "Kentucky Explorer Book Page" in this issue) and am now working on sequel and wanting more on cutting the timber, breaking the dams, rushing the logs down the river, and how they caught the logs where they wanted to sell them.
I need to understand these processes to use the story as part of my next book.
I am located at the head of Troublesome in Knott County, so I am thinking of the smaller streams.
If any readers have any information to share, please contact me.
Miriam Moyer
4589 Possum Trot Road
Leburn, KY 41831

Info. Wanted On Judge
William Green Howard Tackett

Dear Editor:
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
The first time I saw the magazine was in 1996 at the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange in Oldham County. The library had several of the magazines which had been donated by inmates.
My parents were Earl G. Tackett, 8/12/1912-3/15/1972, and Cladie Mae Taylor 6/6/1917-9/9/1981. They were married in West Liberty, Kentucky, in 1933.
My paternal grandfather was William Green Howard Tackett who was a preacher and a judge at West Liberty. He was born in West Virginia and came to West Liberty in 1918, became judge, and later joined the Ku Klux Klan.
Mother said her father-in-law was the hanging judge at West Liberty. The West Liberty Courthouse has the history of his service.
My father told me that his father grew up in Texas with the Tacketts, Tackitts, and Howards and had been married seven times. I don't know the year he left Texas.
If anyone has any information to share on Judge William Green Tackett, please contact me.
Charles Tackett
#155245, 3-12L-17
Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville, KY 42038

Instructions Wanted To Make
Crepe Flowers For Memorial Day

Dear Editor:
During the 1940s my mother made beautiful flowers of different varieties and of many colors from crepe paper for Memorial Day, which was called Decoration Day back then.
After the flowers were made, Mother would dip them in melted wax. I was a child, and I remember how beautiful they were.
I'd appreciate it if some of the readers of The Kentucky Explorer would send some patterns and and instructions. I'd love to make them.
If I could learn to make the flowers like Mom did, I would never buy another floral arrangement.
I'm a faithful reader of The Explorer.
Thanks for any help that anyone can give me.
Lavonne Smith
8984 HWY 987
Smith, KY 40831

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