Letters To The Editor

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor."


Here are actual letters from October 2015


Brother Walter Strong:
The Voice of The Mountains

Dear Editor:
Thanks to The Kentucky Explorer for publishing the article regarding Brother Walter Strong. He and Gladys were some of my family's best friends for years.
When the Strongs came to Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky, for camp meeting or revival, my home was their home. They were part of my family and we loved them. I still miss them at camp meeting time. They were precious people.
It's been told that Brother Strong won more people to the Lord in Eastern Kentucky than any other preacher. What a record!
Pauline Graybeal
531 Palestine Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718

Recollections Of
The Steed Family

Dear Editor:
My wife, Sharon, and I were married November 1, 1995. Sharon was born November 6, 1937, at Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky. Sharon remembers once when her mother was cooking she accidentally caught the house on fire. It burnt to the ground, but they all got out safely. When Sharon's father came home, there sat three little girls and his wife.
Later, Sharon lived in Lexington, Paris, and Richmond. She worked at Eastern Kentucky University for 27 years. She joined the Catholic Church in Richmond and graduated from Eastern. She also did some graduate work there. She used to read and write poetry. Some of it was published. Her mother and father were teachers for a long time. Her former husband, Harold McConnell, also worked at Eastern. He liked the music which was popular in the 1940s. He did some writing and enjoyed cats.
During WWII, Sharon's father worked at Avon Army Depot. The Army installed a radio in his home. When he received a certain message, he was supposed to do something. To this day, no one knows what that was. I grew up on that same side of town. I used to see the searchlights in the sky at night. Avon used to have two large hangers for giant balloons.
Before there was television, men would travel around and show old movies at schools. The movie man charged a small admission. He got to know Sharon's father and showed films in her father's school.
My brother, Virgil Steed, passed away February 8, 2015. He was born in Lexington, to the late Virgil S. and Elizabeth McCleod Steed. He served with the U. S. Army and was a retired farmer.
He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Steed Blevins, Boulder, Colorado; his son, Carter Steed; his grandson, Austin Steed; and me, his twin brother, all of Lexington.
James Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

Enjoys Articles
Dear Editor:
I'm still enjoying all the interesting articles in The Kentucky Explorer.
I would like to read some old articles from Flemingsburg in Fleming County as well as Trimble and Gallatin Counties.
Dorothy Gierke
12522 105th Avenue Court, E.
Puyallup, WA 98374

Enjoys War Stories
Dear Editor:
I just want to let the staff know how much The Kentucky Explorer is appreciated.
I'm not a Kentucky native, but I have several friends who are. I'm also a DAV and enjoy the war stories as well as the other history that is provided. I purchase my copy of the magazine from BAM, as I'm on the road these days. I am not on the Internet, so I really relish getting a "hard copy" even more.
I'm an antique myself, as I listen to a shortwave radio more than I watch television.
God bless and keep on keeping on!
David S. Shannon
P. O. Box 947
Jeffersonville, IN 47131

Remembering Lee Combs, Jr.
Dear Editor:
My sweet dad, Lee Combs, Jr., went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2014. His Kentucky heritage was very important to him.
He enjoyed The Kentucky Explorer and had a few articles and photos published in the magazine over the last few years.
Thanks to The Explorer for keeping his memories alive.
Sue Combs
1771 Thall Drive
Hamilton, OH 45013







These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.