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

July-August 2015


Info. Wanted Regarding
Col. Solomon P. Sharp Photo

Dear Editor:
I read with interest the article on page 43 of the May 2015 issue of The Kentucky Explorer entitled "Political Acerbity: A Century of Encounters in Kentucky."
Accompanying the article was an image of Col. Solomon P. Sharp. Is this a photo of the portrait painted by Kentucky artist Matthew Harris Jouett which is listed in Mrs. Martin's Catalogue of Paintings by Matthew Harris Jouett (1939) as #406.
Any information that can be provided by readers of The Kentucky Explorer about the present location, images, or ownership of Jouett's works would be appreciated.
Steven Ray Menefee
625 Elk Lake Drive
Lexington, KY 40517


Info. Wanted On Chelsea Kumer/Coomer
Dear Editor:
There was a little girl who used to collect coal on the railroad tracks down around Oakdale, Breathitt County, Kentucky. She sold it to offer help for the start of Mt. Carmel School.
This little girl was Chelsea Kumer/Coomer, who was probably born ca. 1915-1920.
Anyone with any information on Chelsea, please contact me.
Robert Cundiff
75 Mill Creek Lawson Road
Jackson, KY 41339


Thanks For The Seeds
Dear Editor:
I would like to thank all The Kentucky Explorer readers who helped me acquire the seeds I requested.
Ruby Dick
115 Logans Lane
Science Hill, KY 42553


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