Girl Nearly Falls in Outhouse Hole

A girl's shoulders are the only thing that keep her from falling into the outhouse hole.

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When you asked for outhouse stories I immediately thought of my niece. In our outhouse we had two holes: one adult size and one child size. When two children went, one got the larger hole. I had the smaller hole and she was teetering on the edge of the big one when all at once down she went. Her shoulders caught and there she was with her knees pressed tightly to her chin and her feet straight up. She was screaming and crying. I tried with all my strength to pull her up, but I couldn't. I ran to get her mother and after much struggling we pulled her up. Only her shoulders had saved her from a fate worse than death. 

Marie Holzwarth
St. Francis, Kansas


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.