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
I would like to have some touch-me-not seeds and also some plum-
If any reader has some of these seeds to share, please contact
115 Logan Lane
Science Hill, KY 42553
Crowder Pea Seeds Wanted
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
I grew up on a farm in Bullitt County where my parents grew Crowder
peas. I haven't been able to find any of these seeds since then.
I would pay for some of these seeds if anyone has them available.
3610 Burkland Boulevard
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
On Laben Frank Bowling
I am the granddaughter of Dr. George W. Bowling of Rothwell,
Menifee County, Kentucky. Although Dr. Bowling had his office
in his home on Dog Trot Road, as well as in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery
County, he doctored people all over the area around Means and
Dr. Bowling died in 1939 and is buried alongside his wife and
my grandmother, Damie Bishop Bowling, in Phillips Cemetery.
I am also the granddaughter of Joe W. and Ida Alexander, who
lived just down the road from Phillips Cemetery. My brother,
Laben, Jr., and I spent a year of our childhood on Grandfather
I am the great-granddaughter of Elihu Bishop and Nancy Lewis
Bishop. They lived in Montgomery County. Elihu was killed by
rebels in his cornfield when they rode through. My grandmother
watched from the porch, as Great-Grandmother Bishop tried to
get his shotgun to him, but it was too late. The rebels shot
him and rode over him with their horses.
Grandmother Bowling told this story to the children in the family,
so she must have remembered it pretty well.
It was told that after the war the male relatives of Elihu tracked
down the men who killed him, and they were brought to justice.
Evidently, they were men who lived in the area.
I have tried to find some historical evidence on this occurrence,
but I can't find anything, not even Elihu's death certificate.
My parents were Laben Frank Bowling and Blanche Alexander. I
would like to know if anyone might have known my father.
Mother sometimes taught school in Menifee County, where she was
a substitute for her sister, Shellana Alexander.
My family lived in Clay City, Powell County, for about a year
or two, and that is when my father went away. He grew up on the
homestead on Dog Trot Road. My siblings and I have never been
able to locate him. He, of course, would be deceased by now.
My two sisters are deceased and Laben, Jr. and I survive. We
are both in our 80s and would appreciate any information anyone
Beatrice Bowling Zienkosky
821 Dublin Drive, #109
Richardson, TX 75080
These are only a few of
the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.