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 May 2015

Memories Of Jackson County
Dear Editor:
I just want to say how much I like The Kentucky Explorer. Each month I can't hardly wait to receive my copy, in which there are so many interesting things to read.
I enjoyed the photo of the boys from Jackson County High School, which was submitted by Charles Harrison and appeared in the March 2015 issue.
I went to Jackson County High School in 1954. I know most of the boys in the photo, for we were all in school together.
Also, the photo of Leonard Harrison and his family brought back so many memories of things that are so important. My sister was married to Leonard Harrison's brother, Clyde.
I would like to thank Charles Harrison for all the photos and information he submits to the magazine; these really bring back memories for me.
My parents, Woodrow and Blanche Phillips, had 16 children. There are 10 of us still living.
I don't get to Jackson County much anymore. I was nine years old when my family moved there. Dad worked at Dan Hacker's sawmill. We lived at the head of Sand Lick. Mom always told us about God and showed us the right way. There were hard times as well as good times. My friend, Tilda Gabbard, and I used to fish at Drip Rock.
I have twin brothers buried at Sand Lick. I want to go back there once more. It really breaks my heart to see all the changes.
I would like to thank the staff of The Explorer for publishing the magazine and all those who send in memories.
Joyce Renfro
113 Hager Drive
Richmond, KY 40475

Enjoys Old Articles/Photos
Dear Editor:
I live at Louisa in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Every month I enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer from front to back. I get a really good feeling reading the stories of long ago up to the present time.
I encourage people to subscribe to this magazine.
Sometimes there are articles that tell of things I used to hear my parents talk about. I know some of the people in the photos. My eyes water sometimes, but I keep on reading. Mom always said, "a good cry won't hurt anybody." I get really emotional reading and looking at the photos.
Keep up the good work.
When I used to travel through Eastern Kentucky, I heard good comments from Gov. Louie B. Nunn regarding the area. We were campaigning in the counties of Johnson, Magoffin, Knott, Perry, and Breathitt.
H. D. Daniels
2073 Highway 2565
Louisa, KY 41230

Pope Lick Monster
Dear Editor:
I would like to know if any Kentucky Explorer readers have heard of the Pope Lick Monster which is reported to live beneath a Norfolk Southern Railway trestle over Floyd's Fork Creek in the Fisherville area of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
If anyone has any information, other than what is on the Internet, please contact me.
Donna Dresser
2980 Sequoia Drive, #3
Edgewood, KY 41017

Henry Crist Was Prominent
Citizen Of Bullitt County

Dear Editor:
Henry Crist was prominent in the early history of Bullitt County. Land records, court documents, and Collins' History of Kentucky show him as a pioneer businessman, land speculator, Indian fighter, builder, farmer, judge, state representative, state senator, and United States Congressman. He was born in 1764 and came to this area in 1780, at age 16. He was acquiring land and learning the saltmaking trade.
Crist was an early saltmaker, operating at Bullitts Lick and at Long Lick. His exploits at the Battle of the Kettles are recorded in Kentucky histories. He built the first Bullitt County Courthouse in 1804. He served as a justice of the peace for many years and was named state representative in 1795, from Nelson County, and again in 1806, from Bullitt County. He served in the state senate from 1800 to 1804 and was elected to the United States Congress in 1809, being the only Bullitt Countian to serve in the U. S. Congress.
He died in 1844 near Shepherdsville, and in 1869, his remains were reinterred at the State Cemetery at Frankfort.
His children married into prominent Bullitt, Nelson, and Spencer county families: Thomas, Hamilton, Osborn, Swearingen, Hibbs, Cartmell, Raymond, Harris, Alexander, Morgan, and Roby. Many of his descendants still live in Bullitt and surrounding counties. Shepherdsville attorney Burlyn Pike became fascinated with Crist, after seeing his name in land and court records in Bullitt County. He began writing a book on Crist's activities, and collecting information on his descendants. For several years, I helped Mr. Pike with the research, and after his death, his widow asked me to continue the work. I have mostly completed the biography section, currently working on the descendant section. I would like to hear from descendants of Henry Crist and descendants of Crist's siblings, Cath-erine (Crist) Cartmell Leewright, Nicholas Crist, Rebecca (Crist) Cartmell, and Jacob Crist.
Betty R. Darnell
171 Anna Lee Drive
Taylorsville KY 40071

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