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
Bean Seeds Wanted
I am interested in obtaining heirloom bean seeds called "A
Peck to a Hill." My uncle, George Shelton, grew this type
of bean in Knox County, Kentucky, but I never got any of the
I have a variety of bean seeds I will trade: long white greasy
bean, cornfield, cream colored, Early Thorogreen lima, and Turkey
1297 Elmridge Drive
Amelia, OH 45102
More On The Calmes
Regarding the "Genealogy From Long Ago" in the April
2015 issue, page 73, of The Kentucky Explorer, the information
on Marquis, Sr. was correct, except that his son, Marquis, Jr.,
did marry. He married Winifred Wallace in 1725 at Calmes Neck,
Virginia. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, born June 1, 1732.
She married Leonard Helm.
What interests me is the fact that Leonard's and Elizabeth's
son, George, married a Mary Frances Calmes. I haven't found out
yet how Mary was related to the Marquis de La Calmes family.
I enjoy reading The Explorer, especially the "I Remember"
Diane Preston Carey
230 Bells Lane
Junction City, KY 40440
Wanted: Photos Of School
At Simpson Branch
In 1957 I attended a little one-room school at the mouth of Simpson
Branch in the small community of Drift, Floyd County, Kentucky.
The school has been gone for many years now, but I will always
remember my short time there.
I am searching for photos of the little schoolhouse and any other
photos that were taken there at that time. The teacher in 1957
was Ms. Salisbury.
My mother, Willa Faye Ison Dennison, attended the school sometime
between 1942-45. She was a cheerleader.
If anyone has any photos during this time period, especially
of the cheerleaders, I would appreciate copies.
Mom is 82 years old now, and I know if any of her old school
friends are still living, she would enjoy hearing from them.
Her address is 5103 State Route 3, Catlettsburg, KY 41129.
Thanks to The Kentucky Explorer for the magazine. I can't wait
for the next issue. Keep up the good work.
5050 KY 40 W.
Staffordsville, KY 41256
Info. Wanted On Murder
Of Walter Webb
My cousin, Walter Webb, worked for the government. His job was
to inspect farmers' tobacco bases and report the size per farm.
In 1954 Walter was shot from ambush with a high-powered rifle
from across the field where he was driving a tractor. He owned
a farm in Manchester, Clay County, Kentucky.
I would like to know if anyone was ever caught and punished for
Any information would be appreciated.
Paul B. Webb
1729 Lamberston Street
Middletown, OH 45044
These are only a few of
the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.