One-Room Schoolhouse Yard Occupied By Gypsies

Gypsies took over the yard at the one-room schoolhouse.

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One summer at our one-room schoolhouse, we had a band of gypsies live at the school yard. They would come to our place to buy eggs and milk. They had the full run of the place: two outhouses, a full acre of ground for their horses, playground equipment for their kids to play on, a "storm cellar" in case of tornadoes, a pump and plenty of delicious well water. And all rent free!

Lola Gilbert
Mohave Valley, Arizona


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.