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."
actual letters from October 2015
Brother Walter Strong:
The Voice of The Mountains
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!
531 Palestine Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718
The Steed Family
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
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.
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
I'm still enjoying all the interesting articles in The Kentucky
I would like to read some old articles from Flemingsburg in Fleming
County as well as Trimble and Gallatin Counties.
12522 105th Avenue Court, E.
Puyallup, WA 98374
Enjoys War Stories
I just want to let the staff know how much The Kentucky Explorer
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,
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.
1771 Thall Drive
Hamilton, OH 45013
These are just samples of
the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.