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
Of Stonecoal School Building
I am interested in a photo of the Stonecoal School building in
Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky.
I would like the photo to add to the collection of the Garrett
P. O. Box 221
Garrett, KY 41630
Brashear Family History
I am searching for a copy of The Brashear Family History. I am
unsure of the author or when/where it was published, but I saw
the book many years ago.
4530 Lake Lowery Road
Haines City, FL 33844
Are There Big Cats In Kentucky?
Dennis Feeback of Frankfort, Kentucky, wrote an article about
big cats in Kentucky in the December 2009 issue, page 23, of
The Explorer. He wrote that this subject has always interested
He has heard or read that they have been seen in Fayette, Kenton,
Crittenden, Scott, McCreary, and Whitley counties, as well as
other places. I have also read that they have been seen in Perry,
Harlan, Harrison, Campbell, and Graves counties.
I have never seen one of these big cats, but that doesn't mean
they do not exist.
These cats are black, brown, tan, or other colors. They have
been called panthers, painters, pumas, mountain lions, cougars,
State wildlife associates say what people are seeing are feral
house cats, but house cats do not have a blood-curdling scream
such as what witnesses say they have heard.
I think these cats have always been around, especially in Eastern
Gary Ison of Lexington, Kentucky, wrote an article which appeared
in the April 2013 issue of The Explorer. His was the best big
cat story I have ever read. In that article he wrote: "Grandpa
Hampton had told me a few stories about his father going on hunting
trips in the 1880s and having to fend off black panthers at night
around the campfire that he and an Indian friend had built for
Ison went on to write in his article, "Just as I got to
the gate, I heard a sound like none other I had ever heard."
If one hears a big cat scream, that sound will never be forgotten.
Animals killed by these big cats include hogs, deer, chickens,
pets, and others. In Colorado it is said these cats have killed
These big cats are found in Ohio. I feel that if they are that
close to Kentucky, it is safe to say they are here.
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.