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 July-August
Searching For Info. On
Corney McCamp Family
My mother babysat for the Corney McCamp (Kamp) family in Wacco,
Madison County, Kentucky, in 1959-1960. I would like to hear
from anyone who has any information on this family.
8551 Red Lick Road
Irvine, KY 40336
I was pleased Mrs. Elva Hatfield of Pineville, Kentucky, submitted
the information on the "Seven Sisters" on Highway 119
halfway between Pineville and Harlan, Kentucky.
I've seen these formations many times in passing, as I lived
in Harlan during 1953-1958. They are a wonderful site.
I was born and reared in Bell County, Kentucky.
Anna L. Bowling
2014 E. Main Street
Greenup, KY 41144
A Kentucky Son
Killed In Action
While reading a recent issue of The Kentucky Explorer I noticed
the fact on page 71 about Keen Johnson, Kentucky governor from
I was reminded that I have a letter from Governor Johnson to
Mr. Jesse Turner of Combs, Kentucky, and also a letter from the
U. S. Senate, signed by Albert B. Chandler, regarding the death
of Jesse's son, Nathan T. Turner, who was killed in action on
October 13, 1943.
Nathan is buried in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno,
I also have the last letter Nathan wrote home. It was dated October
12, 1943. Nathan was with Company K, 15th Regiment, 3rd Division.
The famous Audie Murphy was in the same regiment but a different
After some research of Nathan's unit I now know that he was killed
in action during the crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.
Our soldiers were pushing the Nazis north and resistance was
strong. The Volturno River was at flood stage after heavy rains.
Arlie C. Smith
P. O. Box 353
Salem, IN 47167
Cannel City High School
Graduates Of 1937
I was one of 12 individuals who graduated from the last class
of Cannel City High School in May 1937. The school was located
on Picnic Hill at Cannel City. At least six members of that class
are now deceased.
I would appreciate someone telling me the status or whereabouts
of Mitchell Wells and Marie Williams, who were among the graduates.
I would also like to hear from Carl Lacy and Lena Holiday Hasty.
245 Bailey Road
Murray, KY 42071
Bonnet Pattern Wanted
When I was a young girl, my grandmother always wore a bonnet
when she went outside to work in her flowers. The bonnet she
wore had buttonholes on the crown part and buttons on the brim.
When buttoned together it made a type of ruffle in between each
button of the bonnet.
If anyone has this pattern, I would really like to have a copy.
6288 Trenton Franklin Road
Middletown, OH 45042
Info. Wanted On Old Horse
Racetrack In Lexington
I live in Lexington, Kentucky, right now, but I was reared in
I'm currently trying to put together as much information as I
can on the Horse Racetrack that was in Lexington between 1924
and 1937. The track was built by J. Keene before he built Keeneland.
It was over 350 acres and held its first derby on July 19, 1924.
Over 27,000 people attended that race, and five horses that had
raced in the Kentucky Derby ran that day including the horse
"Black Gold" who had won the Kentucky Derby.
If anyone has any information on the old track they would like
to share, I would be very grateful.