Woman Diverts Cattle Stampede

Young mother waves red-checkered tablecloth to divert cattle stampede away from garden and home.

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Father was gone for the day when Mother saw a cattle stampede bearing down on their frail little shack and the precious garden she had tended so lovingly. She snatched a red-checkered tablecloth and ran toward the garden waving the cloth. The herd separated and went on either side of the house, missing the garden. Mother was deeply grateful for deliverance, not only for herself and the garden, but for the tiny twins in their double cradle and the 2-year-old daughter watching out the window.

Ella Bedsaul
La Mesa, California


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER's WEEKLY asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.