As a boy growing up on a farm in Minnesota in the 1930s, we got the magazine Capper’s Farmer regularly. There was also a roadside sign that advertised Farmer’s Insurance. Is there any connection between CAPPER'S of today and the Capper’s Farmer magazine of long ago?
Harold Emerson - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
The only connection is that Arthur Capper was the owner and publisher of both magazines. The magazines were two different magazines. – Editors
In the November/December 2009 issue, you printed an article on chokecherries ("Pucker Up"). At the end of the article, it says author Jerry Schleicher "hopes a jar of chokecherry jelly appears on his kitchen counter one of these days." However, you did not print a recipe for chokecherry jelly. We haven’t been able to find such a recipe for many years.
The Bensons - Illinois
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Benson, for the note. Here's that recipe. – Editors
Wash and crush 1 pound chokecherries in a large pan. Add 1 cup water and simmer for 15 minutes. Squeeze out juice into a large bowl. Measure 3 cups juice into a large saucepan. Add ½ cup lemon juice, 1 package MCP pectin and 4½ cups sugar. Boil for exactly 2 minutes. Pour into jars and seal. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Loved Pet Duck
I was 4 years old in 1929, and my family lived in Uniontown, Ohio. Since my dad worked the night shift at Goodyear and slept during the day, he didn’t want a dog that would bark and wake him up, so, instead I had a pet duck. That duck was my constant companion and playmate.
We tied a ribbon around the duck’s neck to serve as a leash so I could take it for walks. I also enjoyed taking my duck to the backyard and putting it in our galvanized wash tub where it would get a drink and go for a swim. I had a lot of fun with my duck.
I’m 85 years old now, and I still love ducks. My pet duck is no longer real, but instead, is a cement statue. However, I still enjoy spending time with my duck.
Grace Jackson - Marshallville, Ohio
Thank you for sharing your story and photo with us, Grace. Pet stories always bring a smile to our faces. – Editors
I would like to say "thank you" to all the wonderful people who came to my rescue through Reader to Reader when I recently asked for help finding the pattern for names in filet crochet.
I received many responses and now have several to choose from again. Thank you all so much.
Jeanette Hedglin - Jefferson City, Missouri
Likes New Section
I wasn’t super excited about the new format of CAPPER'S, but I did enjoy the newly added In the Wild section.
When I saw the first issue about beavers, I thought it was a great idea and wondered what animal would be featured next. I have not been disappointed yet.
I am also happy to see that you now allow submissions via e-mail.
I always look forward to receiving my CAPPER'S in the mail, and I have to admit that the new format is quickly growing on me.
Leanna Hickman - via e-mail
We’re glad you like In the Wild, LeAnna, and we’re happy that the new format is growing on you. – Editors
Former Subscribers Renew
My husband and I unintentionally let our CAPPER'S subscription run out a while back. Then one day, my husband asked, "Where’s our CAPPER'S?"
We quickly renewed our subscription, and imagine our surprise when our first magazine arrived.
We were – and still are – very pleased with the upgrade. Thank you for a great magazine.
Kay Miles - Hopkinton, Iowa
Welcome back to the CAPPER'S family, Kay. It makes our day to know you’re pleased with the new format. – Editors