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 October 2014
Society Of Kentucky Pioneers
Someone had asked in a previous issue of The Kentucky Explorer
about what happened to the Society of Kentucky Pioneers.
This Society was an organization that published the Kentucky
Pioneer Genealogy and Records. To qualify to join the organization
one had to prove he/she had an ancestor in Kentucky on or before
December 31, 1800.
The president of the society was Sam McDowell, who has since
passed away. The organization was disbanded, and the collection
of the magazines and yearbooks were given to the Family Research
Center (formerly the West Central Kentucky Family Research Association),
as was the private genealogy collection of Sam McDowell, of which
he had published. The Research Center has many of McDowell's
collection for sale, and also the files of the members along
with their paperwork they had submitted. There are also many
other books for sale dealing with McLean, Daviess, and other
Family Research Center
P. O. Box 291
Calhoun, KY 42327
Sue Bennett College
Mystery Male Identified
Regarding my photo in the April 2014 issue of The Kentucky Explorer
and later inquiries as to my name, which is not Joseph, Jo, Josephys,
or Jesus (Spanish, pronounced Heysus) but plain old "Joe!"
This is the second time I have appeared in The Explorer. In July
1999, I ran an ad for a collection of country recipes that I
had collected for a family reunion. Two years later I was still
receiving orders for the book Seasons on the Farm. Many readers
ordered a second and third time for additional copies to be used
as Christmas gifts.
After leaving Sue Bennett in 1951, I entered the Adjutant Generals
Corp and was transferred to a Replacement Depot in Zweibrucken,
Germany, where I served three years as Sergeant First Class as
a troop escort. I enjoyed my tour of duty and traveled extensively
I entered the University of Miami in the radio and television
department and won scene design awards for student productions.
They say if you get "sand in your shoes" you'll stay,
and I guess that I did, as I lived there for 48 years. My career
included "Special Events and Promotions" with a large
downtown department store and freelance work with Carnival Cruise
Lines for a number of years as Christmas decorations designer.
I also designed interiors of model homes and scenery for a number
of Little Theater productions, especially in Coral Gables and
Miami Shores, Florida.
In 1980 I formed a non-profit educational corporation and produced
the "Italian Renaissance Festival at Vizcaya" for 22
years. I made a half-dozen trips to Italy through the "Sister
Cities Program" as a representative of Dade County/City
of Miami. It was an exchange of craftsmen and performers to be
at the festival.
I currently reside at a retirement facility at London, Laurel
815 N. Mill Street, Apt. 25
London, KY 40741
Formerly Of Garrett
I am the son of John C. and Eva Hoover Wicker. I was partially
reared at Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky. We lived directly
across from the Stonecoal schoolhouse.
My family moved to Jeffersonville, Montgomery County, Kentucky,
when I was 12 years old. Mount Sterling is the county seat.
From 1952-1956 I served in the United States Navy. Upon returning
home, I began my career in the commercial construction field.
I was the superintendent for many years on large job projects,
including the Sanders-Brown building at the University of Kentucky,
Pike County Jail and Courthouse, and the Thomson-Hood Veterans
Center at Wilmore, Jessamine County.
Later I became part owner of Venture Contracting, Inc., at Glasgow
in Barren County.
At a young age I began painting landscapes and hand lettering
of signs for advertising.
I am now 80 years old, retired, and enjoy life with my two daughters,
grandson, and three great-grandsons.
I have two living brothers, Ivory Wicker of Wurtland, Kentucky,
and Vinnon Wicker of Madison, Alabama.
My brother, James P. Wicker, and two sisters, Gladys Lafferty
and Greta Wicker, are now deceased.
P. O. Box 65
Jeffersonville, KY 40337
Searching For Childhood
I grew up in Letcher County, Kentucky, and my thoughts travel
back through the years to when I attended grade school on Kingdom
Come Creek through the eighth grade.
After my stepfather died, mother moved us close to my grandfather,
who lived at Ulvah.
I would like to hear from anyone who went to school on Kingdom
Some of my teachers were Florence Ison, Sally Ison, and Harding
Some of the happiest memories of my childhood were going to that
I hope to hear from anyone.
Joyce Caudill Milner
1250 N. W. Bella Vista Place
Gresham, OR 97030
Pleasant View Baptist Church
Planning 150th Anniversary
The Pleasant View Baptist Church is located in Dry Ridge, Grant
The church will be celebrating its 150th year anniversary in
2017. I am trying to locate any information regarding the church.
The original church burned in 1910 and all the records were lost
from 1867 to 1910.
I am looking for information, photos, (1867-current) of the church
to include in a book I am writing in celebration of the 150th
Pleasant View Baptist Church
7980 Napoleon Zion Station Road
Dry Ridge, KY 41035
Wanted On Clarence Lauden
I am looking for someone who may have known my brother, Clarence
Lauden, Jr., while he was in Korea.
Clarence was in the 88th MP on September 7, 1952. I am also looking
for the uniform he wore. It never came back in his things.
Also, I would like to hear from Hazel Tharpe or some of her relatives.
I still live in Henry County.
Mary K. Henson
408 Osage Court
New Castle, KY 40050
Cemetery At Bethel, Kentucky
I am an avid reader of The Kentucky Explorer and a native Kentuckian.
I would like any information on the cemetery at Bethel, Kentucky.
I have many relatives interred there, dating back to the 1800s.
Most of them were Burchetts, all of whom were my mother's kin.
My maiden name was Cornett, and I would appreciate hearing from
any Cornetts in Kentucky.
I look forward to The Explorer. It brightens my day.
Phyllis Ruth Howard
302 Cemetery St. Apt. 8A
Manchester, OH 45144
These are just samples
of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.