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 June 2014
The Explorer Is An Awaited
A special word of thanks to the staff of The Kentucky Explorer
for publishing my letter regarding my shop materials, especially
the lumber, small cut off pieces, and leftover material from
various projects through the years.
Readers as far away as Columbus, Ohio, and Pee Wee Valley, Kentucky,
The Kentucky Explorer is a much awaited item in my mailbox each
Please continue publishing the wealth of Kentucky information
which is a joy to the magazine's readers.
Bob G. Ray
182 Johnstan Street
Owingsville, KY 40360
And Hyden, Kentucky
In 1951-1952 my father, William E. Pugh, M. D., served as an
obstetrician and gynecologist at the Oneida Maternity Hospital
in Clay County, Kentucky. I was a small child but remember those
days quite clearly.
My parents, sister, and I normally lived in Louisville in Jefferson
County, but a Louisville General Hospital program related to
my father's residency in OB/GYN took our family to Oneida for
four months for each of those years.
My father, when he was not working, went frog-gigging with the
neighbor men. He taught me to ride a horse, of which he also
borrowed from a neighbor, and we forded creeks and rivers and
made house calls to his isolated patients in the hollows around
I well remember walking across swinging bridges, skipping rocks
in the creeks, and enjoying the company of the cow in the barnyard
I played with a girl called Icee Veree. Whether this is the actual
spelling, I don't know.
The boy who lived next door was about 12 at the time; his name
was Ronnie Herd. If he is still alive, he is a very old man.
We went to Hyden and visited Mary Breckenridge, founder of the
Frontier Nursing Service, in the days when the nurses had just
switched from horseback to Jeeps. I remember Mary Breckenridge
very well at that time. She was a white-haired woman, bent by
a badly-healed broken back.
I would really like to see photos of Oneida during this time.
Calle Aguascalientes 174, Int. 201
Col. La Condesa
Distrito Federal, MX 06170
Noah's Ark On Foot
My grandparents, Joseph Frank-lin "Joe Frank" Glass
and Sarah Alice Smith Glass, lived on Dickey's Fork, Owen County,
Kentucky (see photos on previous page). They had seven children:
Wava Beryl, Florian Augustus, Dallas Crutcher, Medger Sanford,
Carmon Ercell, Ruby Mae, and Sybil Dean.
Joe Frank was a deputy county clerk and was away a lot, making
deeds; and so his daughter, Wava, was deputized to issue marriage
licenses in his absence. Wava died of tuberculosis at the age
of 17 and was buried in the Richland Baptist Cemetery in Owen
County in 1903.
In January of 1905, the family moved to Skinnersburg in Scott
County. The younger children rode in the carriage with their
mother while the older boys helped their father drive the livestock
up the turnpike. They started out before dawn and did not arrive
until well after dark.
The boys rode horseback, herding the cattle, sheep, oxen, hogs,
turkeys, guineas, and mules up the unpaved road. They had to
keep rounding up the turkeys, as they wanted to roost in nearby
trees as dark approached. Thankfully, the hens and roosters had
been caged and were in a wagon. The animals were not any happier
to be at their new home than the ones seeing that they got there
Grandmother had a hot meal for them when they finally arrived
and had secured everything in the barn. The house they moved
to wasn't as nice as what they had been used to, and life on
the new farm was hard.
Less than two months after the move, twins, Buford Earl (my father)
and Bula Pearl, were born. When they told my grandmother she
had twins, she turned her face to the wall and said, "My
cup runneth over."
Evelyn Glass Lyons
439 Sebree Road
Stamping Ground, KY 40379
These are just samples of the many
letters in each issue of The Explorer.