Reader Queries

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

December 2014

Preacher Bingham
Was A Notable Man

Dear Editor:
I am hoping someone will want to write the biography of William Boyd (W. B.) "Preacher" Bingham II.
W. B. was born on Stinking Creek in Knox County, Kentucky. At the age of eight he watched a man shoot and kill his father. He never told anyone who did the shooting until the man died. Because of this incident, W. B. led a lot of people to the Lord.
W. B.'s mother reared six children during the Depression. There was no government assistance. She did it by farming and gardening and then peddling the produce in Knox and Bell Counties from the back of a mule. W. B. helped until he was 12 years old and got a job with the Works Progress Agency (WPA).
The Lord called W. B. to preach, and in 1950 he began to pastor the Binghamtown Baptist Church in Middlesboro, Bell County. He was pastor for 54 years until he was killed by a drunk driver. Ironically he fought legalized and bootlegged whiskey his entire life. He averaged 1.5 baptisms for 54 years. He preached approximately 5,000 funerals and held many revivals.
Preacher Bingham and his wife, Mae Bowling Bingham, reared three boys and a girl. They all were successful in life. The daughter owns a funeral home. Two of the sons are businessmen. One son, William Boyd Bingham III, became a pastor and pastors at the Binghamtown Baptist Church. He preaches via television in five states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. His son, W. B. Bingham IV, serves as co-pastor.
I could go on and on about the Bingham family, but I am hoping someone out there will pick up on this story and finish it.
May God bless all Kentucky Explorer readers.
Don Collett
121 Ronald Lane
Cumberland Gap, TN 37724

Did It Rain Frogs?
Dear Editor:
I have a short story I would like to share with readers, and I hope someone has an explanation.
When I was about 15 years old, my family had to walk about a mile and a half to the store. I was about a mile from home when it came a storm. I don't think I have ever seen a storm come up so quickly and rain come down as hard as it did that day. As I continued on my walk, I noticed along the road there were frogs everywhere. I have heard people talk about it raining frogs. The frogs were about an inch long.
I have not seen this happen since, and this is a true story. I have also been to the end of a rainbow, but that is another story.
Silas E. Owens
1507 Pay Ridge Road
Whitley City, KY 42653

Plum Granny Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
My mother used to grow plum grannies, and so did I until I lost my seeds.
If anyone has any to share, please let me know.
Peggy Centers
1206 Old Ekron Road, Apt. 03
Brandenburg, KY 40108

These are only a few of the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.