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
Cutting Timber And Rushing
Out In Early 1900
I would like information or articles depicting the act of getting
the huge timber out of the mountains in the late 1800s or early
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
4589 Possum Trot Road
Leburn, KY 41831
Info. Wanted On Judge
William Green Howard Tackett
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.
Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville, KY 42038
Instructions Wanted To
Crepe Flowers For Memorial Day
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
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.
8984 HWY 987
Smith, KY 40831
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.