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

October 2015

Bean Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
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 seeds.
I have a variety of bean seeds I will trade: long white greasy bean, cornfield, cream colored, Early Thorogreen lima, and Turkey Craw.
Jim Jordan
1297 Elmridge Drive
Amelia, OH 45102

More On The Calmes
Family Genealogy

Dear Editor:
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" stories.
Diane Preston Carey
230 Bells Lane
Junction City, KY 40440

Wanted: Photos Of School
At Simpson Branch

Dear Editor:
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.
Janis Estep
5050 KY 40 W.
Staffordsville, KY 41256

Info. Wanted On Murder
Of Walter Webb

Dear Editor:
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 this crime.
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.