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 April 2015
Memories Of Dix Fork;
May Cemetery Info. Wanted
A very big part of my growing up years was at a little spot in
Pike County, Kentucky, known as Dix Fork.
The names of the people still bring a smile to my face. The stories
I still hear about Kelsey's store bring back memories of what
seems not so long ago. In the swing, that was on my grandparents
front porch, we grandkids would swing so high that our feet would
touch the ceiling. We had so much fun, and we didn't realize
how blessed we were until we were older. When I go back to Dix
Fork, all the little things come rushing back. I enjoyed all
the laughter from all the cousins when we gathered. I remember
Grandma patting us and her smile, as well as all the memories
that bring smiles and tears.
Family has always been a part of our lives. My grandparents made
sure their children and grandchildren understood how important
God's family is.
My paternal grandparents lived on Dix Fork until Grandpa's death
in March 1966 and Grandma's death in December 1985. The house
Grandfather built during the Great Depression is still standing,
and my aunt and uncle call it home. My grandparents, as well
as other family members, are now resting on the hill behind that
house in what is known as the John and Octavian Cochran Cemetery.
About five years ago, Aunt Maggie Cochran Smith took her baby
brother, Chester Cochran (my dad); my cousin; and me to the old
May Cemetery. I was amazed and had so many questions. Dad had
never been there that he remembered, and he grew up on Dix Fork,
so this was a special moment to share with him. Up on top of
a mountain, just over to the right, was the location of the cemetery,
which is a link to my past. This is where my great-grandparents,
Na-than and Nancy Jane May Cochran; my dad's brother, John Cochran,
Jr., who died as a baby; Dad's uncle, Nathan Cochran; and many
others are buried.
In November 2014, three cousins and I went back to the cemetery
to gather more information. The road is just about washed out
and weeds have taken over. Some of the tombstones are broken
at the bases, and there is trash on the grounds. It was rather
difficult to read the information on the stones.
Some of the markers read as follows: Daniel May, 1886-1943; Louise
May, 1893-1952; Georgia May, 1925- 1993; Birdie May, 1919-1950;
Cella May, 1923-1999; Nancy J. Dunkan, 1875-1897; Hamman Williamson,
born Nov. 15; ? Williamson, 1897- 1904; J. H. May, 1897-1904,
the bottom of the stone reads Baby & Mom; H. N. May, b. 1903;
Nathan J. Cochran, 1889-1944; Roy J. Bryan, 1918-1987; Historia
Bryant, 1916-1987; Mandy Varney, 1912-1999; John Cochran, Jr.,
1923-1923; Nancy Jane May Cochran, 1860-1928.
Any reader who has any information about this cemetery or is
related to any of these listed above, please contact me.
P. O. Box 55
Galipolis Fry, WV 25515
Grew Up At Horse Cave
I am from Horse Cave, Hart County, Kentucky. My grandfather was
Charlie Barthell Moran, who was a football and baseball player,
coach, and umpire in the National League. He was inducted into
the Centre College Sports Hall of Fame and received the most
votes when Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame elected their first group.
I do enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer and was excited to read
about Horse Cave in the September 2014 issue under Kentucky's
1895-96 Gazet-teer. Some of my family were listed and some others
were neighbors living on Church Street where I grew up.
In the October 2014 issue there was a picture of the wigwams
on the front cover at Cave City in Barren County. I knew the
couple who built the Wigwam Village #1 on Highway 31 E., as it
was close to my grandfather's farm. It was such a success that
they built the second one on Highway 31 W. in Cave City and made
it larger. The couple continued to own both wigwams and always
lived in Horse Cave on the road to Granddaddy Charlie's farm.
Happy Chandler dedicated this road to Charlie Moran because my
granddad had given over a mile of land for roads to go through
James and Ann McCurry
5703 Wildbriar Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
The Kentucky Explorer Is
A Letter From Home
How blessed are the readers of The Kentucky Explorer to receive
a copy of each issue of the magazine. It is like getting letters
from home in the lovely hills of Eastern Kentucky.
I am a native of Pike County. How grateful I am for my growing
up in Eastern Kentucky. It is there I learned the true meaning
I am now 80 years old and by the blessings of our heavenly Father,
I often walk down memory lane. It is then I thank God for the
days of yesterday when life was simple, families were caring,
and love was plentiful.
Please keep up the good work in publishing The Kentucky Explorer,
as I anxiously wait for the next issue.
3520 Fincastle Road
Louisville, KY 40213
These are just samples
of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.