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- Courtesy of Rachel Jones

Little brown church - I have been reading CAPPER'S for 80 years. I remember going out and catching a hen so that my mother could pay the salesman for another year's subscription to CAPPER'S.

You print lots of good stories - many that I should have written to you about. I recently enjoyed reading about the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa ('Historic church with connection to song celebrates 150 years,' June 7).

I wasn't married in the church, but my husband and I did spend a day of our honeymoon in it. I have sung the song 'The Church in the Wildwood' all of my life, it seems. It was our favorite song when I was in school.

Audra Eckard
Bethany, Mo.

World War II's end - In the July 5 issue, one of the Heart of the Home stories stated that World War II had ended when Japan surrendered on May 15, 1945 ('News announced by the wildcat').

This is not correct. I know, as I was one of a class of 18 that graduated from high school on May 8, 1945. These graduates were all so happy to be graduating - and while we were all happy to hear the war had ended, our graduation was hardly even recognized. We had gone through four years of high school, going without the many things teenagers of today take for granted. It was so nice to have peace.

Mrs. Leonard Wynkoop
Wyoming, Iowa

Editor's Note: On May 8, 1945, Germany signed a document offering their unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces, to take place at one minute past midnight on May 9. However, the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies didn't take place until Sept. 2, 1945. (An informal agreement of Japan's surrender had been announced by President Truman and celebrated in the United States Aug. 14.) We apologize for the error.

Kansas capitals - I enjoyed the article about all of the different capitals in Kansas ('State of Kansas brims with capitals,' May 10). The article missed a few, though, and the one I'm so fond of is in my hometown of Cawker City.

- Courtesy Melissa L. Jones

This town has a history all its own that goes way back. More recent developments in the area include the creation of the Glen Elder Dam, completed in 1968, which created the Waconda Lake.

Cawker City now promotes its little town by inviting hundreds of tourists and former residents to see the largest ball of twine in the world. Viewers from Europe, Asia, Alaska and Mexico have stopped to see the enormous twine ball.

Former mayor Dotty Roberts has kept items for the Weekly Cawker City Ledger with the names and number of visitors who have stopped to see the ball. I'll be going again soon to sign my name.

Also, Chetopa, Kan., is the 'Catfish Capital of Kansas.'

Della Jones
Seneca, Mo.

Editor's Note: While Cawker City wasn't featured in that issue, the city - and its famous attraction - was featured in another article about some of the nation's supersized attractions ('Small-town America offers tourists some very big attractions,' June 7). The ball of twine, which was started in 1953 by farmer Frank Stoeber, now contains more than 17,000 pounds of twine. It certainly fits that description.

Hunting for Recipes

Tried-and-true recipes - It's too bad that the folks who wrote in about all the different foods that were special to them didn't send the recipes (Heart of the Home, May 24). They made my mouth water just reading about them. It would be great to have them compiled in a special booklet. Tried-and-true recipes are the best.

Lena Bellomy
Lamar, Colo.

Wishes she had recipes - I've been an avid reader of CAPPER'S for more than 30 years. At first, I just read my grandma's issues, then my mom's - and now she gets me a subscription every Christmas.

I read it front to back. Then I return to clip out jokes, poems, news articles and recipes.

You recently had readers share their comfort foods and memories (Heart of the Home, May 24). Would it be possible to print the recipes of some of those foods? I'm especially interested in recipes for Sweet Cooked Rice and German Fried Cakes.

Jo Ann Parker
Cozad, Neb.

Editor's Note: We enjoyed reading about these comfort foods, too. Unfortunately, few recipes were sent along with the stories. Perhaps if those folks who contributed those stories and are reading this now send us those recipes, we can round up some of them and include them in a future issue.


Arthur Capper

- Courtesy of Kansas
Authors Club

Memorable - I was raised in Kansas. I remember Sen. Arthur Capper came to visit my grade school. Everyone in the county came, dressed in their Sunday best. Ice cream and cake were served to all.

Also, I noticed that the 'Bible Readings' were missing in the July 19th issue.

Ethel Frank
Chester, Mont.

Editor's Note: We're always glad when readers share memories of Arthur Capper, who published CAPPER'S WEEKLY and numerous other publications. A governor and later U.S. senator from Kansas, Capper also started the Capper Foundation, which still serves the needs of children with disabilities. Many folks remember his birthday parties in a Topeka (Kan.) park.

At this time last year, the Kansas Authors Club, which counted Capper as one of its members, celebrated its centennial. Now, they're hosting their 101st convention in Coffeyville, Oct. 7-9.

As for the 'Bible Readings' feature, we printed a month's worth in the July 5th issue and then printed none in the July 19th issue. We did this to get the dates to fit our new monthly format. You should find the feature in all future issues. We regret any inconvenience.

Wrong dates - Arthur Capper did not start his newspaper in 1879, as stated in the open letter to readers in the July 19 issue. According to The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, vol. 15, he was born in 1865 and went to work for The Daily Capitol in 1884.

Alvin Y. Bethard
Lafayette, La.

Editor's Note: Indeed, Capper was born July 14, 1865, in Garnett, Kan. He was hired at the Topeka Daily Capital in 1884. The Weekly Capital was already established - on July 10, 1879. It was renamed after Capper - who had become its owner - Sept. 6, 1913.