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 February 2015
"The Monument" In
Thanks so much for the article "Monument Honors Lucy Jefferson
Lewis" and the photos on page 17 of the October 2014 issue
of The Kentucky Explorer.
This very familiar site is just a few miles west of my home in
Burna, Livingston County, Kentucky. I enjoyed the information
provided by Charles Bogart and, as a native Livingston Countian,
would like to add to his account by telling readers the rest
of the story.
The location is a unique landmark in this area known simply as
"The Monument." On heavily traveled U. S. Highway 60,
many people pass it every day, but as we do with most familiar
sites, we seldom consider its importance. As a lover of history,
I was very impressed many years ago when I learned that Thomas
Jefferson's sister had actually lived and was buried here in
our rural county. Later I climbed Rocky Hill, with a Sunday School
class of young people, to Lucy Jefferson's gravesite. The hill
is now privately owned.
In addition to the Jefferson Monument and Memorial Plaque shown
in the article, one can also see a flagpole holding the United
States flag and the flag of Kentucky. As a U. S. Army veteran
with a deep love for the American flag, my husband, J. L. Culver,
had desired to see the flagpole erected for a long time. For
years, he, as well as other local citizens, has kept the area
mowed at their own expense.
The other item not shown in Mr. Bogart's photo, which is also
sitting on this little triangle of land, is a smaller monument,
similar to a gravestone, showing the name of Col. John Montgomery,
Revolutionary War soldier. The small flags standing on either
side of this stone were placed several years ago by J. L.
Research shows that Colonel Montgomery was an early pioneer in
Western Kentucky, as well as being credited with founding Clarksville,
Tennessee, and having Montgomery County, Tennessee, named for
In the summer of 2013, J. L. acquired the help of our son, Joel,
and Burna's former fire chief, Rodney Hall, to set the pole and
fly the flags in honor of these long ago citizens.
It was very gratifying to see Bogart's article.
1477 US HWY 60
Burna, KY 42028
"Log Cabin" In
Thanks for publishing my "Log Cabin" story about the
Cooks and Bentleys of Letcher County, Kentucky. It was well done,
as I knew it would be.
I received a phone call from a cousin who lives in Indiana. I
have never known her. She read my story and knew that we were
I am working on a story about Grandpa Cook, of whom readers may
Keep publishing The Kentucky Explorer, it's really great.
1612 W. High Street
Piqua, OH 45356
More On Butter And Molasses
I grew up on a farm at Lodiburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.
My mother, Ethel McKinney Keys, who was from Green County, and
I milked cows, and she made butter. The milk was put in stone
jars and let set until the cream came to the top and was then
skimmed off, or the whole milk was run through a hand-powered
separator to extract the cream. The cream was then churned to
separate the butter from the buttermilk. Whole milk does not
My dad, John Keys, was a mill operator for Reynolds Metal in
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. This was during the WWII
years. He took the butter to sell to customers at work.
We also had a sorghum mill, powered by one horse, where we made
The mill was passed down from my grandfather. My nephew now owns
D. J. Keys
3269 Highway 477
Webster, KY 40176
Army Sgt. John R. Jones
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and family history. I took pleasure
in visiting Eastern Kentucky in 2013, especially Breathitt County,
where my ancestors had settled.
I would like to share the following information with Explorer
Sgt. John R. Jones' name, which is etched on the Kentucky Vietnam
Veterans Memorial, was dedicated during a ceremony on Tuesday,
November 11, 2014, in Frankfort. Officials say little is known
about the soldier.
The remains of Army Sgt. John R. Jones of Louisville were confirmed
in 2012. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The 22-year-old soldier died in Vietnam in 1971, while defending
a radio-relay base. His name is among more than a thousand on
the state memorial.
I do know that John Jones was with my cousin's, Jon R. Cavaianai's,
company in Vietnam. At the Battle of Hickory, Jones would not
board the helicopters and leave my cousin alone. Jon went back
in 2011 with the group looking for John Jones' remains.
I'm hoping there is family of John Jones who reads this and finds
out that he was brought home, identified, and buried in Arlington
National Cemetery so many years later.
P. O. Box 1333
Chiloquin, OR 97624
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.