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
Photo Wanted Of
Old Stanford Hotel
I am looking for a photograph of the old Stanford Hotel, in Lincoln
County, Kentucky, which was located on the north side of Main
Street, near the Interior Journal office. This old hotel was
apparently a large residential home, with a big porch and a superb
dining room, run by Nell Gooch Spoonamore.
As a youngster, I recall the smell of food, iced tea with mint
leaves, and the chirps of caged canaries Nell kept on the premises.
One of her children was named Lawrence. He died in the early
1940s. There was a daughter, who was older than I. Her husband
was called "Spoonie."
I believe that Nell, the last I heard, lived just a block south
off Main Street on Somerset Road, perhaps in a smaller hotel
or rooming house, in which I recall classic white hexagonal floor
tiles in the bathrooms and a bottle of Teel, which was a red
liquid, cinnamon flavored dentifrice.
If anyone has a photo of the old hotel, I would appreciate a
I have many memories of Stanford in the 1940s.
604 Green Ridge Court
Lexington, KY 40517
I wrote to The Kentucky Explorer a few weeks ago about my desire
to find the stories of the soldiers buried overseas. So far,
I have received two letters from people who either had family
in WWII or were in WWII themselves. I have written them back
and thanked them for the kind words of encouragement.
I know that to some people this little endeavor amounts to nothing
of any concern in their lives, but to these two people who took
the time to write, it means the world that someone cares enough
to do the things that were done.
So, I must thank The Explorer for running the article so that
it is known that these men and women are not forgotten and will
forever be known as the brave soldiers they were so long ago.
P. O. Box 582
Maysville, OK 73057
Editor's Note: Mr. Beach's letter appeared on page 9 of the March
2014 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
I am looking for a 1956 or 1957 yearbook from Rowan County High
School in Morehead, Kentucky.
If someone has one to sell or trade, please contact me.
325 Grant Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Lyrics To Song Wanted
I am searching for the lyrics to the song Down By The Riverside.
I will be glad to reimburse any costs.
Lillie H. Robbins
P. O. Box 572
Pineville, KY 40977
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.