My sister married a homesteader who had been a bachelor for a while and knew how to make baking powder biscuits. She always had made biscuits with soda. He claimed that his biscuits were much better than hers and offered to prove it by baking a batch.
The bride couldn't bear the thought of having her husband outshine her in her own province, so she emptied the baking powder can and filled it with flour! Of course, the biscuits were an utter failure. The husband couldn't understand it, but conceded that his wife must be a better cook than he. My sister hid one of those "rocks" and kept it all of her life, until she was 84. Now I'm 84, and I still have that biscuit!
Mrs. L.B. Boies
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.