Toddler Bit by Rattlesnake

Covered wagon train stops for meal and toddler is bit by a rattlesnake.

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My mother was born June 10, 1853. When she was 3, her parents decided to move from Indiana to Missouri in a covered wagon. When they stopped to prepare a meal, my grandmother put her 3-year-old out on the ground to play. Mother promptly was bit by a rattlesnake on her right hand. Each person in the large camp area seemed to have a different remedy, but they found a doctor among the travelers, and he gave her a strong beverage, and she recovered!

My mother lived to be 92. She had 12 children, but I never saw her mad once. Everything was always all right with her.

Minnie Mercer
Maryville, Missouri

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.