Letters To The Editor

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."


Here are actual letters from November 2014


Hall's Gap Airport Crash

Dear Editor: I truly enjoy The Kentucky Ex-
plorer. This magazine is what I use to fall asleep at night. It's cheaper than a sleeping pill and very healthy.
In the October 2014 issue on page 71 at the bottom is the fact that men- tions a horrific crash at Hall's Gap Airport in 1929 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
Please share additional information regarding this incident.
Ronnie Doyle 21997 Louisville Road Park City, KY 42160 Editor's Note: An article regarding the crash at Hall's Gap Airport appeared in the September 2013 issue of
The Kentucky Explorer.
Ronnie Doyle
21997 Louisville Road
Park City, KY 42160
Editor's Note: An article regarding the crash at Hall's Gap Airport appeared in the September 2013 issue of
The Kentucky Explorer.

Wanted: Recipe For Homemade Sausage
Dear Editor: I would like for someone to sendme a recipe for making homemade sausage.
Donald Logan,10630 Milford Road, Falmouth, KY 41040

Words To Song Wanted
Dear Editor: I would like the words to an old
song my grandma used to sing. I only remember the following words: "Poor kitty, poor kitty, sitting so pretty on the garden gate."
Any response will be appreciated. Thanks for The Kentucky Explorer, the best magazine ever, and the great followers.
Teresa A. Helton
8488 Villa Circle, Sellersburg, IN 47171

Salt Rub Recipe Wanted
Dear Editor: I would like for someone to send
me a recipe for salt rub used for pro- cessing hams and shoulders of hogs.
Donald Logan 10630 Milford Road Falmouth, KY 41040

Black-Eyed Susan Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor: I am still enjoying The Kentucky Explorer after all these years. I am looking for the trailing black- eyed Susan seeds or other seeds of flowering plants.
Beulah Guffey, 1996 S. Highway 619, Jamestown, KY 42629



Sue Bennett College
Mystery Male Identified

Dear Editor:
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 throughout Europe.
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 County, Kentucky.
Joe Allen
815 N. Mill Street, Apt. 25
London, KY 40741


Formerly Of Garrett
Dear Editor:
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.
Aaron Wicker
P. O. Box 65
Jeffersonville, KY 40337


Searching For Childhood Classmates
Dear Editor:
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 Come Creek.
Some of my teachers were Florence Ison, Sally Ison, and Harding Ison.
Some of the happiest memories of my childhood were going to that two-room schoolhouse.
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

Dear Editor:
The Pleasant View Baptist Church is located in Dry Ridge, Grant County, Kentucky.
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 anniversary.
Cheryl Ralph
Pleasant View Baptist Church
7980 Napoleon Zion Station Road
Dry Ridge, KY 41035
mrs.cheryl.ralph@gmail.com


Info. Wanted On Clarence Lauden
Dear Editor:
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
Dear Editor:
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.