The Farm Outhouse

The farm outhouse was a great place to ponder.

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An old gray building sits forlorn Off yonder by a field of corn, With moon and stars its artly adorn.

The air is brisk on this frosty morn,

And goose bumps cover where pants were worn...

A page from Sears is quickly torn

As you sit and ponder why you were born! 

Lois Thomas
Tulsa, Oklahoma


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.