Reader Queries

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

May 2015

Seeds Wanted

Dear Editor:
I would like to have some touch-me-not seeds and also some plum- granny seeds.
If any reader has some of these seeds to share, please contact me.
Ruby Dick
115 Logan Lane
Science Hill, KY 42553

Crowder Pea Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
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.
Dorothy McGinty
3610 Burkland Boulevard
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Information Wanted
On Laben Frank Bowling

Dear Editor:
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 Menifee County.
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 Alexander's farm.
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 might have.
Beatrice Bowling Zienkosky
821 Dublin Drive, #109
Richardson, TX 75080

These are only a few of the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.