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 May 2014


Native Of Kentucky
Dear Editor:
I can't express how much I enjoy every issue of The Kentucky Explorer. I feel like I travel from border to border of our state and relive the past with all the memories I have, since I am a native and grew up in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
Thanks again for a great magazine.
Nell Purkhiser
2315 Peak Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40214


Raymond Dishon,
World War I Veteran

Dear Editor:
My great-uncle, Raymond Dishon, was a veteran of WWI. He was the son of William and Ella Oakes Dishon, born 9/9/1897 in Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, Kentucky, and passed away 9/12/1975, in Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky.
Raymond lived most of his life in Lincoln County. He was my great uncle by marriage, being the husband of my maternal grandfather's sister, Madoline Harris Dishon, but he was also Madoline's and my grandfather's third cousin, being connected through the Oaks/Oakes family of Lincoln County. He and Madoline had only one child, a son named Odell, who died as an infant in 1933.
Raymond and Madoline are bur-ied in Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford, Lincoln County.
I am in possession of some of Uncle Ray's effects, including his Honorable Discharge and his personal Bible. I also have a newsclipping from June 1918. It reads: "Fought Like A Real Soldier Till Wounded. Private Raymond Dishon, who lives on Rural Free Delivery Route No. 1, just outside of here, won the recognition of his Captain by the soldierly-like way in which he responded to every command of his superior officers. His father, William Dishon, was told this in a letter from young Dishon's commanding officer, which arrived about the same time official notice was received that the soldier had been severely wounded by German fire. Private Dishon enlisted a year ago and has seen seven months of hard service."
I'm very honored for the service Raymond gave to our country and very proud to call him my uncle.
John C. Carter
6083 51st Avenue N.
St Petersburg, FL 33709


Car Identified As A Nash
Dear Editor:
I would like to thank all the readers for the cards, letters, pictures, and phone calls I received in reference to the car shown on page 70 of the March 2014 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
I learned that the car is a Nash (Ambassador or Airflyte) and some say it is a Hudson.
The back seats in this car laid down so one could sleep or camp in it (the first mini-van). Also, the front rims were so strong one could drive the car with a flat tire.
Donna Marcum
6790 Henry Midway Road
Henry, TN 38231
Editor's Note: Nash Motors Company was an American automobile manufacturer based in Wisconsin from 1916 to 1937. From 1937 to 1954, Nash Motors was the automotive division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Nash production continued from 1954 to 1957 after the creation of American General Motors Corporation.


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