Letters To The

Kentucky Explorer

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P.O. Box 227, Jackson, KY 41339

Editor's Note: Readers, please feel free to write any of the following if you can help them. Our readers are so kind and many of you do help. For this we are thankful!

Capt. Ed Terrell

Dear Editor:

I was most interested in the recent article in the November 1999 issue about Ed Terrell. He is my first cousin, twice removed. Your article is a milder version of the one we have in our Terrell family history.

My grandmother, Capitola Terrell, was born in Mt. Eden, Kentucky. She married Mr. Black. They had two daughters, Jessie and Erma. After he died she moved to Clinton, Illinois. Later, she married a widower, John Sprague. They had three children. My mother was one of them. Later, Aunt Erma moved to Clinton. They kept close ties with Mt. Eden. She had married Geo. Waddy.

I was wondering if anyone had a picture of my aunt Erma when she was an adult. If so, I would like to have a copy.

Hallie Martinson, of Ven-tura, California, and I met through the Terrell Trails. We found we are third cousins. Last November, my husband and I visited Hallie.

At a family reunion there were three of us that are granddaughters of Henry Clay Terrell. We had never met before. We have a picture of us holding the original diary that Henry Clay wrote during the Civil War.

Anyone who is related to, or has information of the Terrell family, please contact me.

Marian Crowel

10494 N. Stelling Road

Cupertino, CA 95014

e-mail: [email protected]

Identifies With Stories

Dear Editor:

First of all, I want to say how very much I enjoy your magazine. Friends have shared it with me from time to time, and I am able to purchase it occasionally. Every time I start reading, I find it hard to lay it down.

My husband and I were both born and raised in Lincoln County, Kentucky. We have lived in different states, but for us there was no place like Kentucky. I lost my husband last year to cancer, after 54 1/2 years of marriage, so you see at my age I can identify with so many of the articles in The Kentucky Explorer.

A recent issue of your magazine contained a picture of the Zeke Spencer family of Owsley County. I would like to know how I can obtain a copy of that photo. For the past ten years one of Zeke Spencer's grandsons has been the pastor of the church where I am a member (Highland United Methodist Church in Lincoln County).

Thanks for everything.

Violet James

1219 Lakeview Drive

Somerset, KY 42503

Wants Former Issues

Dear Editor:

I would like to purchase back issues of The Kentucky Explorer, from 1997 back to the start of the magazine, which I believe to be 1986.

Rena Bresser

1316 N. Prospect Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

e-mail: [email protected]

Raised In Letcher County

Dear Editor:

My husband and I read and re-read The Kentucky Explorer each time that we receive one. I am from Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky and I love those mountains. My mother died when I was six years old, so I was raised by my aunt in Junction City, Kentucky. I lived for the summers, so I could go home to Blackey and stay with my dad.

My parents were Mable Roberts Portwood and Elmer D. Portwood. My father was a coal miner and had black lung. Mother died in 1935 at the age of 36. Dad died in 1984 at the age of 83.

Thank you all for this wonderful magazine. I can't wait to get it each month. Keep up the good work, and keep having a nice, clean publication to read.

Doris & Joe Hagan

386 Linda Avenue

Lebanon, KY 40033

Happenings In Kentucky

Dear Editor:

Another year is about gone, but your publication has helped make it a good one.

I found family members through your Explorer, and this year I met more. We stayed a weekend in Whitesburg this fall with the brother I found. We toured cemeteries and found generations of relatives. I learned about so many sad events, but also many enduring and funny happenings through other family members that live there and have kept close tabs on stories, people, and who married whom.

We came by the office, but it was a Sunday, and you were closed. I wish I could have met you. Hopefully, another time.

I hope that we have the best of years coming up. Thanks.

Pat Brothers

635 McCubbins Lane

Bardstown, KY 40004

A Kentucky Native

Dear Editor:

I want to tell you that I really enjoy your magazine. I live by myself in a trailer, and I am past 88 years old now. I can't do much work, but I have two daughters that live close enough to help me when I need help. I have been reading the magazine for over a year. I do enjoy it and would love to see more letters from my family. I have seen some from a cousin, but my family is a large one.

My father was a Pentecostal preacher. He preached in many places in Kentucky. We lived at Wabaco, Kentucky for many years. His name was William Rison. He was pastor of the Wabaco Church for years. My mother's name was Margaret.

My name is Rachel. I am the youngest child and the only one of the Rison family living, besides one nephew. I am related to the Combs, Couch, and Bartlett families.

I was born in Cannel City, Kentucky. My parents were born there also. We lived in Jackson, Kentucky for a little while. I was so young, and I don't remember much about it. I do remember that it was the first place that I ever saw a bicycle. I also tried to ride it.

We then moved to Hazard, Kentucky. Daddy preached there a little while. Then we moved to Walkertown, and then we built the church at Wabaco. We did our grocery shopping at Allais.

I went to school in Walkertown. I lived there until I was 17, when I married Kelly Noble. He was young, but he worked in the coal mines. He wouldn't be content at one place long, until he moved again. He worked at the Harveyton, Blue Diamond, and Allais Coal mines. He also worked at many others.

We moved several times and finally moved to Dayton, where my husband worked at General Motors. He retired and wanted to move back to Kentucky, but I was tired of moving. He died in Dayton in January 1994. He would have loved to have moved back to Lost Creek, Kentucky.

I spend a lot of time reading. My daughters help me a lot. I would love to receive letters from all my friends and family.

Rachel Noble

2945 Edgemoore Lane

Moraine, OH 45439

Came Through Cumberland Gap

Dear Editor:

There were five brothers and two sisters who came through Cumberland Gap to Rockcastle County in 1790. Their names were; Terry, Mordecia (called Mudkins), Spencer, Champion, Gard-ner, Sallee, and Rebecca.

I would like to know if any of your readers would know who their parents were or anything else about them before coming to Rockcastle County.

Thanks for a very interesting magazine. We all enjoy it very much.

Lucille M. Ponder

408 Lambert Road

Berea, KY 40403

Photos Wanted

Dear Editor:

The U. S. Forest Service is trying to locate pictures of the Sublimity Springs Resort/Hotel, which operated on the Pulaski County side of the Rockcastle River from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. The resort was associated with mineral springs found along the river and was built by Christopher Columbus Graham, who also owned a popular health resort near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

We are also interested in any information related to the Rockcastle Springs Hotel, which was located about six miles downstream from the Sublimity Hotel.

Anyone with pictures or information on these hotels can contact us at the London Ranger District.

Steve Kickert

London Ranger District

761 S. Laurel Road

London, KY 40744


Powell Family Reunion

Dear Editor:

I receive your magazine regularly and find it refreshing to see articles by so many people. You placed a notice about our Powell Family Reunion in a summer issue, and several people attended the reunion because they saw the notice. I want to thank you for your support.

The reunion was for the descendants of Lovely Abraham Powell and his siblings. The weather was perfect, and 117 Powell descendants gathered from 11 states to meet and learn more about their family.

Charts were displayed on the walls of the pavilion showing the children and grandchildren of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. The reunion was video taped. If anyone would like to have a copy they can contact Jim Powell at: [email protected] We also have a Powell family book. If anyone is interested that can contact me.

Maudean Neill

26 Loomis Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

e-mail: [email protected]

Searching For Yearbooks

Dear Editor:

While visiting relatives and friends in Kentucky in September 1999, one friend gave me a copy of The Kentucky Explorer. I am now a subscriber.

I am from Nicholas County. I went to grade school in Moorefield, Kentucky and high school in Carlisle, Kentucky, at the Nicholas County High School. I lost all of my year books. I would like for someone to contact me if they have the N. C. H. S. yearbooks, 1950 - 1953, and would let me buy them.

I am hoping someone sends some history of Nicholas County to be published, especially about Milltown, Kentucky; Buzzard Roost, Kentucky; and Frogtown, Kentucky. Also, I am anxious for pictures from this area in your magazine.

My husband, of eight years, and I would like to retire in Kentucky. We are especially interested in the mountain areas. We would like one to five acres, reasonably priced; for a large modular house, garage and large storage, and workshop buildings. We will retire within one to five years, according to the acres we will find that we can afford.

We are very anxious to hear from people in Kentucky. Most of the family I have left in Kentucky are a son, a sister and brother-in-law, a few cousins, and a few nieces and nephews.

Thanks for making The Kentucky Explorer so interesting.

Mildred Flora Hajek

P. O. Box 598

Wellington, CO 80549


Poem Wanted

Dear Editor:

My grandmother, each fall, quotes a small portion of a saying. I would like to know if it is a poem or something local where she grew up as a child. The saying is, "Come little leaves, said the wind one day. Come over the fields with me and play. Put on your dress of red and gold, summer is gone and the days are growing cold."

Does anyone know more of this poem? Thanks.

Wesley Mobley

5795 Copper Creek Road

Crab Orchard, KY 404169

e-mail: [email protected]

A Great Response

Dear Editor:

When you published my letter and genealogy request in the April 1999 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, the response was fantastic. Even now, seven months later, I still get inquiries. I am more than pleased, and I have tried to treat each response with the utmost of attention.

In July of this year, I suffered what doctors at Knoxville, Tennessee diagnosed as a massive heart attack. I spent 13 days in a hospital there and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Needless to say, the road to recovery and getting my strength back are slow. That is why I have been slow in responding to all the letters that I have been getting.

I was hoping to get in touch, personally, with each one that I am trying to gather information for, but it will be awhile. To each one that I promised to gather information for, I hope you can understand my situation. I haven't forgotten you. I still welcome all correspondence and will answer each letter as soon as possible.

Rev. Winfred Partin

P. O. Box 509

Russellville, TN 37860

Loves Kentucky History

Dear Editor:

A friend of mine, Rick Keene, gave me a copy of your magazine, and I was fascinated by it. I love Kentucky history, starting from the time of the Civil War up to the present.

I am also a coin hunter and have been doing this for at least 25 years. I have found many interesting artifacts. I found an old tunnel that went to the Ohio River. I have pictures of my friend and I in the tunnel. Some people have been doubtful about the story.

John Torrey

923 6th Avenue

Dayton, KY 41074

More On Sgt. White

Dear Editor:

I was wondering if anyone could do a follow up story on the article about Sgt. White and his bugle. I am also a Sgt. from World War II. I am very interested in knowing the rest of his story.

F. A. Schmidt

9606 Bartley Drive

Louisville, KY 40291

Memories Of Kentucky

Dear Editor:

Recently, a subscriber of yours gave me a gift subscription to your publication in return for my having sent her some information on the Parkey families of Rockcastle and Pulaski Counties. What a discovery! I have spent hours reading my first issue from cover to cover. There are many Kentuckians in the branches of both my husband's family tree and mine also. If I had been aware of your wonderful magazine before, I would have been a subscriber from its beginning.

In the late 1970s, we spent some time in Lexington when our daughter was attending the Kentucky Horse School, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. At that time, we were only interested in horse pedigrees, so we did not take the opportunity to visit the nearby counties that had been the homes of our ancestors.

We did have a marvelous tour and meal of Kentucky recipes at Berea College. Various dishes reminded me of my mother's cooking, which should not have been a surprise. Her parents were from Kentucky. I have longed to make the trip back there again, but so far have not succeeded. Your magazine will probably make me more determined to go.

Thank you for publishing The Kentucky Explorer. I hope other states will follow your example.

Helen Sills

1662 Cambridge Oaks Drive

Eugene, OR 97401


Spring Creek School

Dear Editor:

I am searching for old photos of Spring Creek School, which was located in southwestern Lyon County, Kentucky. Eula Grubbs was the teacher in 1927.

Any pictures or information will be appreciated.

Ruth R. McElhaney

3001 Harrison Street

Paducah, KY 42001

Old House's History

Dear Editor:

I wanted to thank you and your readers for the wonderful response to my picture, asking about an old Winchester house. I thought the readers would like to know what I found out. Here goes.

Athlone Hall is the name ascribed by the descendants to the brick residence built by James Halley on a tract of land acquired in 1855 from the heirs of Richard Duerson. The house has a Victorian appearance, but it is noted for the beautiful spiral staircase in the entrance hall.

James Halley was a son of Richard Halley, a Revolutionary War soldier from Fairfax County, Virginia. Descendants of Richard Halley are firm in the conviction that his wife was Lydia Dinwiddie, and that she was a descendant of Robert Dinwiddie, British Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia, 1751-1758.

In the 1780s, Richard Halley settled a 500-acre patent in what is now Clark County, Kentucky. On March 19, 1784, James Halley was born at his parents' homestead, two and one-half miles north of Winchester. He served in the War of 1812 and on returning to Kentucky settled in Lancaster.

After the death of his father in 1816, James Halley brought the interest of the other heirs in their father's estate and lived at the family home until 1844, when he purchased a farm near Schoolsville. In 1852, the farm was sold to Samuel and Andrew Haydon, and Mr. Halley acquired the Duerson land, which is today included within the city limits of Winchester. Following the death of James Halley, Athlone Hall became the home of Dr. Thomas Hart Robinson and his wife, Mary Jane Halley.

James Halley died April 16, 1864. His wife, Barbara Vallandingham, died January 4, 1879. They are buried in the Halley - Robinson lot in the Winchester Cemetery. The house was given to the Church of God in the 1920s. They had camp meetings there, and at one time it was a school.

I still don't have many names of the people in front of this beautiful house. The church recently sold the house and it is now gone. I was fortunate to go and see the house the day someone was removing the beautiful spiral stairway and the arched doorway.

NavaJo Austin

7914 KY RT 114

Prestonsburg, KY 41653

e-mail: [email protected]

Thankful For Seeds

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this time to thank everyone who sent me some plum granny seeds. It is impossible to thank each one of you personally. I am really looking forward to planting them.

Thank you again. I really appreciate your generosity.

Dorothy H. Bishop

9950 E. 256th Street

Cicero, IN 46034

Searching Warford Name

Dear Editor:

I join other readers in saying that you publish a great magazine. Having lived in Florida for 21 years, I enjoy any information I can get from the state that I love so well. Unfortunately, the weather keeps me here, as it is important to my health.

I would like to hear from anyone by the name of Warford living in the Kevil, Kentucky area. I wish to obtain all the background that can be given on these people. I am tracing my ancestors as far as I can get, and all the information I can get will be deeply appreciated.

Keep up the wonderful work you are doing.

Eddie Warford

5 Jade Street

Eustis, FL 32726

Interested In Feuds

Dear Editor:

I read a lot of articles on the Baker verses Howard/White feud. I have two books that are all about that feud and many other feuds. The books are, Stories Of Kentucky Feuds, by Harold Wilson Coates; and Mountain Rising, by Darrell C. Richardson. My great-grandfather, Jule Webb, Sr., was listed in these feuds.

Thanks for everything.

Sheila Webb

679 Marydell Road

London, KY 40741

Clay County Native

Dear Editor:

I really enjoy the magazine. I am from Clay County, Kentucky. There's not many of my family still living in Clay County, but for anybody that was reared in the hills of Kentucky it's like a letter from home to get The Kentucky Explorer each month. Sometimes reading the magazine is like walking down memory lane. Thank you for the magazine, and keep it up, please.

Edna Pennington

6271 E. County Road 300 S.

Dillsboro, IN 47018

Lovely Graveyard

Dear Editor:

I would like to hear from anyone who knows the history of the Lovely graveyard at Jeffersonville. Who is buried there? Where are their graves located? I have several family members buried there. The cemetery is also known as the Lovely - Amburgey Cemetery. It has a large white Baptist Church next to it. There are also graves in the church yard.

Thank you for any information.

Velma R. Ross

2594 Harpers Ridge Road

Mt. Sterling, KY 40353

Athlone Hall

Dear Editor:

A few months ago you published a picture of a Winchester, Kentucky landmark and requested identification of it. The First Church of God in Anderson, Indiana later became owners of this property, and they constructed a large tabernacle and a school building, which was known as the Winchester Academy. The school had qualified teachers and grades from primary to senior high were taught. My two brothers and sister and I were students there for two years. If I recall rightly, the school closed in the mid-1930s. The Depression took its toll, and the children in my neighborhood all left the academy and enrolled in public schools. There were many out of state students, and Athlone Hall was used as a dormitory for them. I have two of the yearbooks or annuals, as we called them. The title of these publications was The Zenith. The ones that I have are for 1929 and 1930.

I greatly enjoy your magazine. I have never seen so much history crammed into each issue.

Kathryn Owen

423 E. Broadway Street

Winchester, KY 40391

Experiences In Kentucky

Dear Editor:

On November 4, 1999, I was in Jackson County researching the Faubus and Angel families. I was met in the area by one of your readers. His name was George Lewis. I have his telephone number, but wanted to write and thank him for taking a few hours out of his weekend to give me a tour through the beautiful countryside. He took me to several cemeteries where my ancestors are buried. I could not possibly have found these cemeteries on my own.

I lived in Indianapolis for 30 years, moving there at the age of nine with my parents. My father quit his job in Maysville, Kentucky. As I remember it, he walked in a little early after work one Friday evening in July 1956 and said to my mother, "Pack the clothes, we are moving to Indianapolis." He had two weeks vacation coming, I guess, so off we went.

Moving to a large city after living in a small town and never knowing anyone, but farmers and country folk, it was really hard for me to adjust. Through the years, I was moved to seven different schools and making friends was never an easy task for me, because until my adult years I was really very shy. I still don't have many friends, because I find my work and hobbies are still very fulfilling. I often remember friends and neighbors from my childhood that were always helpful and being neighborly. In today's society, you don't find a whole lot of people that are still that way.

Today, I live near St. Louis, Missouri. I met my husband in Indianapolis in 1963. He moved there in 1956 from Glasgow, Kentucky. His family came there because there wasn't enough work in their area to support the family. He has 15 brothers and sisters, most of whom still reside in the Indianapolis area. He was given the option in 1984 of moving to Missouri through a previous job. We went to Missouri on a vacation and decided that it would be a good place to live.

It was really a pleasant experience to visit Kentucky and meet such fine people, who take time out of their busy schedules to help others. I will never forget it, and I cannot tell Mr. George Lewis how grateful I am. I know he reads The Kentucky Explorer magazine, and I hope that he reads this letter and knows that the time he spent with us was very much appreciated.

Rita C. Parsley

960 Highway Y

O'Fallon, MI 63366


e-mail: [email protected]

Bradley Kincaid Guitar

Dear Editor:

This is in response to an article in the November issue of The Kentucky Explorer.

About 1935, I was given a Bradley Kincaid guitar for Christmas. I was 12 years old. There have been more than 50 Christmases since then, but I will never forget the thrill of that gift. It was so beautiful. I couldn't play a note, but music was important to me.

Our neighbor was Wilbur Ball, who played with the Clinton McMitchan Band. My mother made arrangements for him to give me lessons. He taught me to make chords with a steel bar. With school homework to do this was about all I could handle.

My dad Edgar, brother Ralph Stout, and I were invited to sing and play for various ladies' groups around the Louisville, Kentucky area. We enjoyed that, and they were very kind.

I have only thrown away two things in my life and I regret both of them. One was a lamp and the other was my guitar. They were a little worse for wear, but I would like to have them both back.

Thanks for the memories.

Louise Stout Jarrett

2016 Brookshire Drive

Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Remembers Ken-Rad

Dear Editor:

I enjoy your magazine so much that I always give myself at least two hours to read through it all.

I was thrilled to read about Ken-Rad in Owensboro. My mother worked there, also, in the early 1930s. Her name was Louise Walden Scott. She was married to Clarence Alvin Scott, and they had four children.

My dad moved from Owensboro to Hopkins County in 1941. I have always missed Owensboro, as it will always be my hometown. I was born there in 1930. I still remember my teachers. I remember if you missed school for any reason the truant officer came to check on you.

I would like to hear from anyone who went to Emerson School, just off of 9th Street. The school has been torn down. I would like to have some pictures of it if anyone has any.

I am also looking for a large embroidery rose pattern to fit a fourteen- inch pillow background.

Thank you so much, and keep up the good work. You are making a lot of people very happy.

Rachel M. Abbott

P. O. Box 282

St. Charles, KY 42453

Date Those Photos!

Dear Editor:

I have been receiving The Kentucky Explorer since 1995. Thanks for publishing the photo of my grandparents, Nick and Mary Margaret Wheatley Lynam. The sad thing about many old photos is that they didn't take the time to date them. I am not making that same mistake. I date the photo soon after processing.

About a week ago a friend at church told me how much he appreciated the photo of the Minorsville Church (1941) being published. Many of his relatives were in the photo.

A relative of my husband from Colorado was visiting in Kentucky searching the Towles roots. He called and wanted to visit me. He stayed the better part of a Sunday afternoon and said he would return next year.

I like to teach Kentucky history, along with Bible history. We have been learning about the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and each child's family tree. This January 2000 Kentucky Explorer will be perfect to show and tell, since it has a photo of Nick and Mary. They are Sarah Clark's great-great-great-grandparents.

Thanks again.

Marie Clark Towles

1935 Josephine Road

Stamping Ground, KY 40379

Enjoys Family History

Dear Editor:

Words cannot begin to say just how much we have enjoyed The Kentucky Explorer. It was a Christmas gift from my husband, but my mother, who is 91 years old, and my husband have enjoyed it as much as I have. We especially like the information on ancestors and genealogy.

There was a picture in one of the magazines that was from the early 1800s that was a ringer for my 18-year-old granddaughter. It must have been an ancestor.

Thank you so much for a great book.

Martha Alverson

P. O. Box 122

Powderly, KY 42367

Reconstructing History

Dear Editor:

I picked up one of your magazines at a local store for the first time. The history that your magazine includes is very interesting. I am originally from North Carolina, and I married a man from Kentucky and followed him back to his home. Your magazine was able to tell me many historical facts about Kentucky.

My husband and I had a dream of living in an authentic log home, which we built ourselves. This has been a lengthy process, but we moved in after two years of building the first stage of our home. We live in two double-story pens, with a dog trot. The log homes were bought and reconstructed in Butler County. We have now been in our home for three years and are still working on it.

We have so many things to do, and it takes time to reconstruct history. Throughout this process of collecting many vintage materials we have many extra items that we are not able to use so we have started a business of vintage logs; beams; barn wood; re-sawed chestnut, oak, poplar, pine and cedar; weather board flooring; hand-hewn stones; and creek rocks for chimneys and foundations.

We will be gathering items all along and will have items for other people who are reconstructing history. If anyone is in need of any of our items, please let us know.

I will be watching for your magazine each month, and we have really enjoyed your November issue. Thank you for your time.

Ralph and Camellia Johnson

3229 Beaver Dam Road

Morgantown, KY 42261


Wants Bean Seeds

Dear Editor:

The first thing I must tell you is that I really enjoy everything about your magazine. It is the best I have ever seen. John Roberts, of Wofford, Kentucky, sent me a copy that had a picture of a school group that I knew several of, and that did it.

I was talking to my cousin, Donald, and he seemed to be interested, so I decided to have it sent to him. I hope he enjoys it as much as I do.

I am looking for some fall bush bean seed. The place where I bought seed said they were called sulphur beans, but I had never known them by that name. The first time we had them was some that my wife's step-dad gave us. Then we started buying them until they suddenly disappeared. I would gladly pay for some.

William G. Cooper

1740 Gatliff Road

Williamsburg, KY 40769

Song Wanted

Dear Editor:

There is a song which I dearly love, but I don't know all of the words and music to it. I love to hear Betty Jean Robinson sing it. It is entitled, "I Shall Know Him."

I really love the song and would be very grateful if someone would send me a copy of it.

Ann Crouch

611 Stanley Street

Middletown, OH 45044

Born In Jackson

Dear Editor:

I do enjoy your magazine, and the effort put into it. I do wish there were more "down state" news in it. I realize you're doing what the readers send you, plus your traveling over the state.

As you might remember my father was pastor of the Methodist Church in Jackson, Kentucky about 1920-23. I was born in Jackson on May 4, 1923. Dad's last pastorate was in La Grange, Kentucky in 1938-41. He and Mother retired to Falmouth, Kentucky in 1941 and lived there until Mom passed away in 1956.

Falmouth has made a remarkable recovery from the terrible flood that they had two or three years ago. They still have a way to go though.

D. W. Griffith, one of the early frontiers of motion pictures, was born in La Grange. That would make a good story.

Best regards to you and your staff.

Gene Griffy

4405 Areca Palm Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Thankful For Kentucky Roots

Dear Editor:

I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. A friend at church lets me read his. I see a lot of my young life in Hyden, Kentucky. I saw the old school that I went to. I remember the Sandlins (the war hero), who lived across the river from where we lived. I am related to the Sizemores.

I thank God for my Kentucky roots.

Jeannette Gunn

116 Muscovy Court

Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Seeks An Old Friend

Dear Editor:

First, I would like to say I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. I started an album of all my buddies in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It is almost complete, except for Gene King. He left Tribbey (Perry County) with me on a motorcycle in 1951. We went to Detroit together and roomed there, until I went into the service.

I would like to know if any of your readers know where he is now. I would like to have some pictures of him. I would appreciate any help.

Luther Mullins

49539 Willis Road

Belleville, MI 48111

Beaver Dam

Dear Editor:

First, your magazine is good, and I will renew when the time comes. I would like to share the drawing enclosed. The title of this drawing is, "The Ole Beaver Dam Meeting House." It is the second building used by its members of what is now known as Beaver Dam United Baptist Church in Rhoda, Edmonson County, Kentucky. Beaver Dam was formed on December 18, 1802 before Edmonson County was formed. It was one of the few churches south of the Green River and northern Warren County for 50 plus years.

Brandon Allan Cowles

5181 Brownsville Road

Brownsville, KY 42210

e-mail: [email protected]

Brandt Family Information

Dear Editor:

When I hold a copy of The Kentucky Explorer in my hands, I feel I am holding a very valuable document, and I have the uncontrollable urge to read it from cover to cover.

In your Volume 14, Number 6, November 1999, I wrote asking if anyone had any history on the Brandt family. A Mr. James Blue, from Henderson, Kentucky was nice enough to send me quite a bit of information on this family, and I wish to thank him and your magazine.

I appreciate any information that people give me.

Dorothy McCubbins

917 Eastern Parkway

Louisville, KY 40217

Came Home To Kentucky

Dear Editor:

I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. I never want my subscription to expire.

I was born in Sassafras, Kentucky, and my parents, Colonel and Mattie Cook, had a store at Vicco, Kentucky for several years. They sold it and moved to Florida in 1946. I was 18 years old at the time.

I lived in Florida for 47 years and I always wanted to come back to Kentucky. The older I got the more I wanted to come back. When I retired in 1993, I moved back to my roots in good old Kentucky. I will never leave Kentucky again.

Clarence Cook

P. O. Box 802

South Shore, KY 41175

A World War II Quilt

Dear Editor:

My sister gave me a year subscription of The Kentucky Explorer for my 75th birthday. I must say I like it very much. The stories about life in Kentucky during the school days in a one-room school in Ashley, near Concord Church, were of interest.

The area I grew up in was known as Shakerag, a few miles from Manitou, Kentucky. The name of Shakerag was brought to Hopkins County by the earlier settlers from North Carolina. Some of those people were the Veasey family. I believe some of the Veaseys are still there.

I grew up in the Depression, and things were tough all over, but since I have been reading the Explorer I can see that we were not alone. A lot of people were in the same boat, so to speak.

There is one thing I will never forget and that is how good the people were in those days. If a neighbor needed help, the other neighbors were there to help out; such as raising a barn or planting crops.

My wife and I have lived in five different states since 1950, and only one of those states have people that came close to being the same as what I call home folks. So when we retired we decided to settle back in good old Kentucky.

The good neighbors we have here in this area of Trigg County are very close to the ones of my childhood memories as could be. If they read this, I say thanks to all of them.

During World War II a group of ladies from some church quilted a quilt for a war bond drive. The quilt contained several names of young men called to the services of our country. I realize a lot of the men are not on the quilt, simply because the ladies put names of men they knew in their area. My name, along with two of my brothers, are on this quilt. The problem is no one seems to know who this group of women was, or what church they were from.

I hope someone comes up with this information so I can personally thank them or their family.

James M. Oliver, Jr.

123 El Camino Real Road

Cadiz, KY 42211

e-mail: [email protected]

West Liberty Baseball

Dear Editor:

In the 1930s, the West Liberty baseball team went to Eastern Kentucky to play a game against Hardburly. They were two men short, so they had to pick up two players. One was Walt Williamson, and the other player was myself, Luther Hale.

I didn't get any of the other players' names, but if they are still around, I would like to get in contact with them. They can feel free to contact me.

Luther Hale

6567 Hetzler Road

Middletown, OH 45042


Seeks School Photo

Dear Editor:

I am seeking information on the school at the head of Licking or Salt Lick Creek of Licking River in Magoffin County, Kentucky. I would like to know if any group pictures were taken between 1908 through December 1917 at this school.

My grandmother, Alta Fraley, along with three brothers and two sisters (children of James Monroe and Laura Belle Salyers Fraley), attended school there. If there are any school pictures, I would be happy to pay for copies.

Sharon Cornell

P. O. Box 41

Parma, MI 49269

Visit Old Kentucky Often

Dear Editor:

My family and I enjoy your magazine so much. We don't want to miss a single issue.

I am from Wolfe County, and my husband is from Slade, Kentucky. We come down for a visit about twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. We just love Kentucky. Keep up the good work.

Elmer and Audrey Combs

2185 Rosedale Road

Irwin, OH 43029

Laurel Home Guard

Dear Editor:

Camp Wildcat Preservation and the Laurel Home Guard Reenactment Unit of London, Kentucky have joined together to preserve more land at Camp Wildcat Battlefield. A down payment has been made on the 19-acre site that the Confederates used during the battle at Wildcat Mountain on October 21, 1861.

The joint committees have applied for a grant, but will have to raise $20,000 more to finish paying off the property. We have until August 2000 to have this project completed. It will then be a permanent site for the Camp Wildcat Reenactment. Any donations and help given will be appreciated in preserving this property. If any of your readers would like to be part of preserving this original site they can send us a donations. Thank you.

Camp Wildcat Battlefield

Henry D. Smith

4822 HWY 30 W.

Annville, KY 40402


Cowboy Songbook

Dear Editor:

I have in my possession a book called Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads by John A. Lomax, dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt. It is signed by John A. Lomax. I was wondering if anyone else has this book and would know the value of it. It was published in 1933. I would appreciate any replies.

Mae P. Simms

P. O. Box 30

Burgin, KY 40310

Wants To Know About Vest

Dear Editor:

I was wondering if you or any of your readers have any information on the little town of Vest, (Knott County) Kentucky in the eastern part of Kentucky. Who was it named for and how old it is? I would enjoy reading about it. Thanks for everything.

Wallace Gene Vest

1681 Goshen Valley Road

Church Hill, TN 37642

Had Abraham Lincoln Lived

Dear Editor:

In the January 2000 issue, on page 41, are some sayings of Abraham Lincoln. He supposedly said, "All should share the privileges of government and assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently, I would admit all whites to the rights of suffrage who pay taxes or bear arms, by no means excluding females."

Can this be the benevolent emancipator who history says freed the slaves? It would seem he only wanted them to be free, but not have equal rights. What a shame we will never know what he would have done had he lived to finish his term as president.

My father was Edward Alcorn Brown, born at Moreland Station, Kentucky, August 15, 1890. His father was George Washington Brown, born in 1884, near Nashville, Tennessee and died at Junction City, Kentucky, in 1901.

I would like to swap family information with anyone who may have some.

Charles Klem Brown

429 Duell Drive

Versailles, KY 40383

Song Wanted

Dear Editor:

Every month I look forward to getting The Kentucky Explorer. I am looking for the words to the song, "Kentucky," and who wrote it. I would appreciate it if someone could send me the words.

Dan Garrett

3100 Edmonton Road

Greensburg, KY 42743

Searching Matheny Name

Dear Editor:

I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much. In your Volume 14, Number 8, January 2000 issue, on page 72, there is an article about the name Matheny. There is no mention of their current address. I would like to hear from anyone knowing any information about this.

I have some railroad pictures of a bridge gang, including my dad and A. M. Matheny, plus the crew. I would like to share these pictures with anyone with information.

Robert Moorman

P. O. Box 485

Hardinsburg, KY 40143


Seeks Childhood Friend

Dear Editor:

I would like to tell you how much I enjoy your magazine. I wait for it to arrive and then can't put it down until I have read it from cover to cover. It is the only magazine I care to receive.

I am looking for a childhood friend of mine. Her name is, or was, Alice Jones. She lived at Elliston and went to school at Waco, Kentucky. I can't remember what year she left Waco. If my memory serves me right, both of her parents died while she was still fairly young. She had a brother named Sam or Sammy. I believe she went to live at Annville Institute at Annville, Kentucky.

I would appreciate any help. I have this really strong desire to find her. It is something that I can't get out of my mind. Keep up the good work, and may God bless you, your family, the staff, and their families.

Annell Oglesby Bucher

1028 Boonetrail Road

Richmond, KY 40475


Seeks Book On Hollon Family

Dear Editor:

I am looking for a book on the Hollon and related families, written by Clay Hollon in 1958. If anyone has a copy, or knows where I can get a copy, I would appreciate the help.

Jackson T. Shockey

1021 Highway 31 North

Romance, AR 72136

Mt. Zion Church

Dear Editor:

Some years ago, in Graves County, Kentucky, there was a Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church. In 1898, the church split on the doctrine of predestination. The new group, known as "can help it," built a building 200 feet from the original church, which was known as the "can't help it" church.

Do you or any of your readers have a picture of these two churches, especially the original one? These buildings were torn down in the 1970s. I will reimburse anyone for a copy of the two churches in a single photo, or a single picture of the "can't help it" church.

Dorothy Melton Austin

1757 Carter Road

Mayfield, KY 42066

Owsley County Native

Dear Editor:

Another year has gone by, with many hours of enjoyment reading and exploring Kentucky.

I would like to see more items from Owsley County, especially the Cow Creek area. I appreciate the stories that you do have. I know that there is a rich source of information, history and stories about the people and places in and around Owsley County. I look forward to the new century and another year of pleasure reading The Kentucky Explorer.

Lucille Hall

6404 Taylor Mill Road

Independence, KY 41051

Home To Clay County

Dear Editor:

As a native of Kentucky, I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. Recently, I got to return "home" to Clay County. It was a great pleasure, as so many memories came to mind. There will always be something special about the old homeplace. My parents were the late C. P. and Nellie Stivers Nicholson. Keep up the good work.

Carl Nicholson

1272 W. John Hay Road

Salem, IN 47167

Lived Through Great Depression

Dear Editor:

I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. I am 78 years old and I can relate to most of what I read in it. Most everybody was in the same situation during the Depression. We didn't have much, but we were happy with what we had. We didn't go hungry, and we sure had plenty of love in our family.

I am thankful that I lived during that time. I believe that it made us more thankful for what we have now. Keep up the good work and all the good stories.

Evelyn Hardin

1142 State Route 855 S.

Marion, KY 42064

Corn Seeds Wanted

Dear Editor:

My brother-in-law got some corn seed last year that was called "Tender Delight," which was very good. The gentleman that gave him the seeds passed away, so we would like to have the address and/or telephone number of a Southern Bell Hardware Store that we think is located around the Lexington area.

Also, we would like to purchase some greasy bean seeds, the lighter colored ones. We would appreciate hearing from anyone who could help us.

Hope Grizzel

P. O. Box 124

Glenwood, IN 46133

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