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.”

Dear Editor:

I am searching for a root cutting of the old-time aster flowers that bloom in the late fall.
I have caught three swarms of honey bees, and I am trying to get plants that the bees like.
I will pay the postage.

Virginia Southard 5275 Rochester Road Beaver Dam, KY 42320

Dear Editor:

Each month I anxiously await the arrival of The Kentucky Explorer. Each issue contains many bits of interesting information and great stories.
To the magazine staff, please keep up this great publication. Kentuckians and others are urged to continue to submit pictures and stories.
I am searching for issues of The Explorer from its beginning in 1986 to 1992. Should anyone want to find a good home for these issues, I would be happy to pay preparation for shipment and postage. Should anyone have these issues for sale, I would be willing to pay a reasonable price for them.
During the Great Depression, I have heard the city officials of Glasgow Junction, now Park City, wrote a grant to obtain funds to construct an airport.
The land was purchased and a crew was hired to level land for the runway. Once land was graded, the crew graveled the runway. Immediately after the runway was graveled, Ellis Jones, a local pilot, flew from Cave City in Barren County, to look over the new facility. After he made two fly arounds to make a visual inspection, he landed and taxied to where the work crew was having lunch. He commended them for a well-constructed airport. He immediately took off, heading back toward Cave City. As far as I can ascertain, he is the only pilot to have used the airport.
This information was told to me by my late father-in-law, Elmer Borden. He said he and his brother, Dude, helped construct the facility. Both are now deceased, and thus far, no one has been able to explain why the airport suddenly ceased construction.
Pilot Ellis Jones played a part in the attempt to rescue Floyd Collins who was trapped in Sand Cave.

Ronnie Doyle 21997 Louisville Road Park City, KY 42160

Dear Editor:

There was an article on page 96 in the November 2008 issue of The Kentucky Explorer regarding the McDonald family.
I have some information for any- one who is interested in the family of Daniel McDonald, who came from Virginia, then to Mercer County, Kentucky, and on to Orange County, Indiana.
There is a William McDonald who was supposedly the first settler in Dubois County, Indiana.
Abner McDonald, my great-great- grandfather, according to written records, is buried in Hunt Cemetery, between English and Paoli, Indiana. There is no marker at his gravesite. His son, Eli, is also buried there, and there is a new marker at his gravesite.
David Jones McDonald is my great-great-grandfather. He was killed in action at Buena Vista, Mexico. I got him a memorial marker and placed it by the grave of his wife, Susannah, at Sulphur Creek Cemetery near French Lick, Orange County, Indiana.
Abner McDonald, Sr.’s, wife is Mary Davis.
David Jones McDonald’s wife is Nancy Susannah Williams (9/15/1816- 3/27/1886. She was born in Orange County, Indiana, and is buried at the Sulphur Creek Cemetery.
If anyone would like to correspond, feel free to contact me.

Louie Mitchell 9646 W. State Road 64 Birdseye, IN 47513 812/685-2443

One of the popular features found in The Kentucky Explorer each month is genealogy, often published in the form of letters, queries, photographs, and stories. Several serial features, such as Kentucky Genealogy Help Line, Genealogy From The Long Ago, Strictly Kentucky Genealogy, and Kentucky Kinfolk are dedicated solely to this purpose and continue from month to month.

June 15, 1898

My great-grandfather, Jesse Bolling, came to Kentucky in 1810. My grandfather, Elijah Bolling, was born at the Three Forks of Powell River in Lee County, Virginia, in 1798. When he was 12 years old his father removed to Perry County, Kentucky. Daniel Duff baptized my grandfather, Elijah Bolling. Rev. Andrew Baker baptized my great-grandfather at Blackwater Church, now Hawkins County, Tennessee. My great-great-grandfather was Major John Bolling. He had 19 sons. I do not know that there were any daughters. One of these sons, William Bolling, married Martha Jefferson, sister of Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. Other sons were Jesse, mentioned above, Benjamin, the oldest, born 1752-1753. Jesse was born in 1765. Robert, the wife of U. S. Senator Archibald Dixon, was the daughter of Dilany Bolling of Missouri and the granddaughter of Maj. John ………….

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Wednesday, June 15, 1898

My grandfather, David Benge (called King David), came to Kentucky and settled in Madison County. While living there he used to drive stock to this section and herd them on the range. If he had any brothers and sisters, I never heard of them. Thomas Benge, son of David Benge and father of Jane Benge, killed a Porter, stood his trial, came clear, and then went first to Indiana and then to Iowa. It occurred near McWhorter. It was at a corn shucking; the pile was divided and these men fell out, perhaps were Captains, and Benge struck Porter with a rake. He lived a week or ten days and died. My grandfather was a soldier in two wars, Revolutionary and 1812. My father was John Benge. He volunteered in the War of 1812; my grandfather would not let him go but went in his stead. His other sons were ………

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June 15, 1898

My great-grandfather, Achaelous Craft, was born on a vessel en route from England to America 1750. His father settled in North Carolina. I do not know where. He had but two sons. My great-grandfather was in the Revolutionary War. He never saw his brother after the war closed. In 1867,
I went to North Carolina on a visit to see my brother-in-law, Col. Ben Caudell. In Wilkes County I was on the farm that my great-grandfather owned before he came to Kentucky. As Wilkes County was the home of Daniel Boone it is not strange that he followed the pioneer to the wonderful land which he had explored. Consequently, after the war he came to Fayette County, Kentucky, and laid his claim where a part of the city of Lexington now stands. But his wife reared the Indians, and to please her, he…………..

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One of the popular features found in The Kentucky Explorer each month is genealogy, often published in the form of letters, queries, photographs, and stories. Several serial features, such as Kentucky Genealogy Help Line, Genealogy From The Long Ago, Strictly Kentucky Genealogy, and Kentucky Kinfolk are dedicated solely to this purpose and continue from month to month.

Seek photos and info. on the family of my aunt, Cora Beatrice Fraley Johnson Flowers Edder, b. 9/1889, possibly in Rowan Co., Ky., the dau. of Anna Frances Fraley, m. Clarence S. Flowers, div. 1932, had a dau.; m. next, Otto John Edder, div., 1938; sis. to Everett Fraley Johnson, Lance “Jack” Killen, Ruth Killen, and Gussie Killen. Any info. appreciated. Will share info.

Martha Wilcox 1612 W. High Street Piqua, OH 45356 937/773-9484

Seek info. on Tharp family in Speedwell, Madison Co., Ky., area, settling there in late 1700s, members of Viney Fork Baptist Church. Also, info. on Ben Foley and Kate Haley, parents of Red Foley. They were friends of my g. grand- parents, Kirk Tharp and Ida Fortune Barrett. Any info. appreciated.

Brandt L. Bensema 468 Sawgrass Trail Sioux Center, IA 51250

Seek info. on the following: Combs family, Wayne Co., Ky. Thomas Carender (b. Wayne Co., Ky., moved to Tex. ca. 1888-1894) had two children who m. Combs; and John Smith and family, moved from Atlanta, Ga. to Wayne Co., Ky., had a sister to m. Hiram Carender, son of David. Any info. appreciated.

Minnie Carender 7097 N. Peacock Road Williamsburg, IN 47393

Seek photos and info. on Elias Pre- ston, b. 1820, d. 7/1/1888, m. Malinda Rue Brerton (?), b. 6/8/1828, d. 2/5/1915, had James, Lydia J., William H., Mary R., John O., George M., Lafayette, Martha, Edward, Andrew Hukel (my grandfather), Myrtle, and Annie M; all lived in Jessamine Co., Ky. Any help appreciated.

John P. Preston 981 Richmond Road, Loop 1 Lancaster, KY 40444 859/339-1450



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Every reader of The Kentucky Explorer, no doubt, has a special memory. Why not write it down and share it here in this column? Help preserve the story of our vanishing past for today and tomorrow. We need memories and photographs from every part of Kentucky and beyond.

When I was a kid, there was a fellow who had a store about seven or eight miles east of town. He had an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit about him. He got the brilliant idea to take his store to the people out in the country who had a hard time coming to him or going to any other store.
As I grew up in the country in Pulaski County, Kentucky, due to the lack of roads or transportation, anything beyond five miles was considered a pretty good ways, and quite a lengthy trip to town.
This fellow bought a school bus, took out all the seats, and built shelves in it so he could fill it with items from his store. Although country stores were numerous, many people didn’t own a car, so the man thought he could map out a different route every day, Monday through Friday, and sell a lot of groceries with the convenience of coming right to people’s homes.
As it turned out, he was right. It was a very successful venture. There was a need, he recognized the need, and filled the need; a perfect formula for success. The items would cost a little more to pay for his gas, time, and maintenance of the rolling store, but it was a small
price for the customers to pay for the convenience. Even if one had an automobile and just needed a couple of items, it was more economical to shop from the rolling store than buy- ing gas and taking the time to go to the nearest store or town.
Back in those days, most farmers’ wives didn’t drive nor work at a public job. When the rolling store came by, chances were the husband would be out working in the field, so the wife could catch the rolling store and get whatever she was out of, without interrupting her husband or waiting for the opportunity to go to the store or town.
I can remember my mother buying……..

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My parents were Enoch C. Owens and Tilda Hughes Owens. I don’t remember any of my grandparents.
I remember a big June apple tree in our field. Mom told me that her Dad had a big horse that ran in the pasture where the apple tree was. I remember the apples were big and very good.
One evening the horse did not show up at the barn, and Mom and Grandpa went looking for him. They found him lying by the apple tree. Grandpa didn’t know what was wrong, but when he tried to get the horse up, he saw a big knot in its neck. He told Mom that the horse an an apple hung in his neck. She said Grandpa got a big flat rock and put it under the horses neck and then got another flat rock and smashed the apple. When Grandpa did that, the horse got up and was all right.
Not too many years ago my neighbor who lives near me came by and said his mule was just standing in the barn with his head down. He asked me if I knew what was wrong with him. I have been around horses all my life. I pretty much knew what was wrong before I got out there. The mule had distemper, which is a condition similar to a bad cold. The animal’s nose gets all stopped up, and it cannot breathe. I have been told by some of the old people that if something isn’t done for the animal, it could die. They say the best way to break the distemper is to……..

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An undertaker may be an individual who takes it upon himself to complete a task. In our society an undertaker is one whose business is to prepare the deceased for burial and to arrange and manage funerals.
This profession is very necessary, valuable, and important. One has to be qualified with knowledge in the category of a doctor and counseling skills of a psychologist. He or she must have the compassion to extend comfort, care, and love to folks who are hurting in the time of the loss of a loved one.
If you are not acquainted with an undertaker, consider yourself lucky, but if you live long enough you will.
The comments I pen are by no means from an expert or professional who knows everything about the funeral business. These layman comments are based solely on observations that have taken place in my life over the past 65 years.
My initial observation took place when I was a lad of three years old at the death of my mother. Mother was laid out at our home in 1948. This first step was the common procedure for funerals at this time.
Neighbors, friends, and family would come to the home after the deceased was prepared and “sit up” with the deceased and family until the funeral took place at the lo- cal church. Sometimes these layouts would last from one, two, or three days depending on the distance family members had to travel.
Today’s arrangements may take place as short as an hour or two before the funeral or even just a short graveside memorial. All has to do with the busy pace of our modern society, and family wishes.
In the 1950s and before, there were…….

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