Pioneer Stories: Blizzard Forces Cow to Live With Family

Pioneer Stories: Fierce blizzard of 1886 forces mother to keep cow in family's dugout.

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One of my pioneer stories took place back in 1886, when we lived in a dugout and had another for our precious cow. Father was working away from home when a fierce blizzard blew up. The snow blew in around the cow until she was nearly smothered. Mother knew her five little children had to have milk, so she moved the cow into the better dugout with us. The cow lived with us two or three days until the worst of the storm was over.

Mrs. B. F. Baker
North Platte, Nebraska


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.