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 April 2015


Memories Of Dix Fork;
May Cemetery Info. Wanted
Dear Editor:
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.
Diana Bateman
P. O. Box 55
Galipolis Fry, WV 25515
bateman@suddenlink.net


Grew Up At Horse Cave
Dear Editor:
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 his farm.
James and Ann McCurry
5703 Wildbriar Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


The Kentucky Explorer Is Like
A Letter From Home

Dear Editor:
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 of life.
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.
Hillard Newsome
3520 Fincastle Road
Louisville, KY 40213


These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.