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 April
Lawrence County Native
I eagerly await the arrival of The Kentucky Explorer and read
it from cover-to-cover. The staff does a wonderful job.
I wish there were more articles and letters from Greenup, Boyd,
Lawrence, Carter, and Pike counties.
I was born and reared in Lawrence County, Kentucky, and graduated
from Louisa High School in 1954. My parents were Denver and May
I often think of the years past when I was living in the beautiful
state of Kentucky.
It would be nice if all the states published a similar magazine.
Marlene Holbrook Frank
315 Hampton Street
Houma, LA 70364
Blinco, Washington County,
I am searching for information on the small town of Manton in
Washington County, Kentucky.
I have found information stating that Manton was once known as
Blinco, the name given in the 1896 Kentucky State Gazetteer.
Richard Blincoe was a resident on the 1880 census.
I have been unable to find a copy of the 1896 Gazetteer and I
was hoping a reader could give me some information on Richard
Blincoe, and if the town of Manton was ever officially named
Blinco, and if so, why the name was changed to Manton.
My mother is from the small town of Manton, and on a religious
picture given to her of her first communion in 1932, the town
name is listed as Blinco.
Any information would be appreciated.
6030 Murrays Run Road
Coxs Creek, KY 40013
At Dinwood, Floyd County
I am seeking a photo of the two-room school at Dinwood, Floyd
County, Kentucky. The post office was Alpharetta when I attended
school there in the 1930s. The school is long gone, but I would
very much appreciate a photo and would be happy to pay for a
288 Clearfield Hill Road
Clearfield, KY 40313
School At Jetts Creek,
I would like any information about a one-room school at Jetts
Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky. I was a student there during
the 1950s. The teacher was Zeke Jett.
I would like to hear from anyone who attended the school.
Clara Smith Perry
106 Wells Lane
Clay City, KY 40312
When Halley's Comet went by Earth in 1910, people did not know
what to think of it. Some thought the end of the world was coming.
Some thought when Earth passed through the tail of the comet
it would kill everyone. Of course, people were not as well-educated
on space back then.
There was a small rural community in Madison County, Kentucky.
I'm not for sure, but I think it was called Posey. The rumor
was started that this hamlet would pass through the comet's tail
and everyone would be killed, but if the residents moved north
to Cincinnati, they would be safe. So many sold everything or
gave away their possessions and caught the trains headed north.
Of course, no one was hurt, but the comet caused a lot of commotion.
When the comet came by in 1986, it was barely visible in Kentucky.
The comet will appear again around 2060.
I don't think I will be here then.
James M. Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503