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
Searching For Gravesite
Of Albert Thrasher
I want to thank The Kentucky Explorer for publishing my letter
in the March 2014 issue. The letter was in regard to the search
for Albert Thrasher's gravesite.
I have received information from Samuel Perry, Bill Stocker,
and the McCreary County Museum.
Albert was one of the six killed in the Barthell (McCreary County)
mine explosion in 1910.
The museum staff has taken it upon themselves to go to a cemetery
and look for our Albert's headstone.
I am so happy I receive The Explorer. It has helped me keep in
touch with my roots and is a connection to the people who have
been so kind to take time to help out.
This is truly our family's last chance of locating the gravesite
of Albert Thrasher.
We deeply appreciate the help we have received.
Garry Z. Sears
P. O. Box 43
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Wanted: Song And Info.
On Wheeler Couple
If anyone has a copy of the song "My Lord Keeps A Record,"
I would like to have a copy.
Also, I would like to hear from anyone who knows Riley and Blanch
Wheeler. I don't know what part of Kentucky Riley was from, but
Blanch was from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Riley and I were in the Army together in Pennsylvania in the
1950s, and I would like know where he his.
My wife and I enjoy The Explorer very much.
Roger F. Lee
7560 Mill Run
Columbus, IN 47201
Hill Top Inn
I am interested in any articles or photos of the Hill Top Inn
located on Highway 460 and McCoussey Ridge Road on Frenchburg
Hill in Frenchburg, Menifee County, Kentucky. I would like to
know when the inn was built.
One of the owners may have been Mr. J. Thompson. One of the employees
of the restaurant during the 1940s and 1950s was Claude Lovely,
a half brother to Lewis Lovely. Claude's wife was Atha Hobbs
In the restaurant area was a jukebox, at which people were fascinated
when putting in their coins. As the music began, two young boys
would come out and dance.
Hill Top Inn was well known due to the entertainment and its
My great-aunt, Betty/Elizabeth Whitt, married into the Lovely
I would appreciate any information.
1317 Mill Creek Place
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Two New Projects
Once again, I am asking for help. One of the great things I like
about The Kentucky Explorer is the response one gets from the
readers. I have been on the receiving end as well as the giving
end of this dialogue. I received much help from places I didn't
dream would have had information about my projects. After four
books published on the town of Butler, Kentucky, I have turned
my attention to two other areas of Pendleton County.
These new areas include Boston Station, located on US 27. It
has a landmark of the Boston Union Church. It also has some of
the oldest residents who settled in Northern Kentucky. Some of
those residents were named Ellis, Kirby, or Clayton, to name
The other area is Peach Grove,which is located at the intersection
of Highway 10 N. and Highway 154 in the northeast corner of Pendleton
County. This is where I presently reside on the over 200-year-old
family farm. Some of those residents were Ellis, Lancaster, and
Rouse, to name a few.
I am looking for the usual things: people history, business history,
war stories, photographs, and anything else that has made these
two small communities stay around for such a long time. Neither
one of these communities was ever incorporated as a town or city
by the commonwealth. I am using the 1884 Bracken/Pendleton County
Atlas as a pivotal point for this research.
Any help from readers will be greatly appreciated.
I am also working on a family book entitled The Ducker Family
In Kentucky, Vol. 1.
The Kentucky Explorer is a magazine I look forward to each month.
Thanks for keeping up the good reading.
Stanley R. Bradbury
3789 KY Highway 154
California, KY 41007
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.