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."
actual letters from May 2014
Native Of Kentucky
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.
2315 Peak Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40214
World War I Veteran
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
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.
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.
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.