Open Session: What readers think
Cow triplets - I very much like getting and reading CAPPER'S. While I was looking at different parts of the paper, I came upon a news item about a cow's triplet calves ('Cow gives birth to triplets,' June 21).
The next day, my daughter stopped by. Before I said anything about the item in CAPPER'S, I asked if she remembered that one of my Brown Swiss cows had triplets. She said that she did. I had the cow in a lot by the barn. When I went out to do chores, there she was with three heifer baby calves.
That was in 1941. In those days, I didn't think about telling anybody about it. I lived in Griswold, Iowa. They were all alive and husky.
Fake words - Your article 'Top Fake Words Ranked' (June 7) brought back a brief experience with fake word usage. Back in the 1970s, I was a civil engineer working for Phillips Petroleum Co. I was giving a briefing on a special environmental project to a group of other engineers and management personnel. I related that the problems involved were not as great as they had been reported. They had been 'extravagated.'
I used the word several times during the presentation, without any comments from anyone in the room. And everyone seemed to understand what I was saying.
Later that afternoon, one of the department heads who had been in the meeting caught me in the hallway and laughingly told me I had pulled a good one on those at the meeting. He said that when I used the word 'extravagated,' it didn't sound right to him, and when he got back to his office, he got out his dictionary and could not find it anywhere. It was a fake word.
I had to admit it kind of bothered me, but that was the only word I could come up with on the spur of the moment. The word I had intended was 'exaggerated.' Later on, a couple of others mentioned it, and we all got a big laugh out of it.
They all admitted I got my point across, and everyone knew the idea I was expressing.
Letter was helpful - I want to thank you for such a wonderful paper. It gives us the latest news, recipes and so many other things.
In your March 29th issue, Eugenia Hurst, of Raymore, Mo., wrote about shingles. It was so nice of her to tell us about the doctor who advised her to take vitamin B complex. Doctors nowadays do not do that. They always prescribe new medicines.
If vitamin B complex is good for shingles, I thought, I'll try taking it for arthritis and a rash that I've had for years.
In a month, it has helped so much. It isn't like new medicines that I've had to quit taking because of all the side effects.
I thank Hurst for her thoughtful letter - and CAPPER'S for printing such a nice paper.
Evelyn B. Sparr
Meadow Grove, Neb.
Thanks - Thank you for printing my contribution to CAPPER'S! It was an honor and a joy to see my memory in the Heart of the Home section and to receive a nice payment for such few words!
Sainte Marie, Ill.
Country teachers - As a youngster, I remember reading your magazine; it was one of the few that my parents and grandparents received after a 10-mile trip to Marmouth, N.D., from our ranch farm.
What a good life we had in Beaver District II, Bowman County, N.D., with such excellent country schoolteachers and enough work at home to train us to be educated and good citizens when we grew to adulthood. Some folks even attended colleges after high-school graduation.
Now, nearly 70 years later, I am blessed to have my mother and a dear friend, Marie, to guide me yet. Both women still enjoy reading CAPPER'S, too.
This is a photograph taken last summer when my mother, Alexandrine Peterson, 102, of Bowman, N.D., went to visit her friend Marie Berringer, then 92, of Waubay, S.D. Both are former country schoolteachers. Mother (at right) taught 10 miles south of Marmouth in 1926. Marie had as many as 30 students in a one-room country school in Day County, S.D.
After a 400-mile drive to meet her great-great-grandson, my mother wanted to visit Marie (who was another 100 miles away) and pick gooseberries. Both of them make the berries into tasty pies and jam.
Each still lives alone; they cook for themselves and are physically well and sharp as tacks. Marie still drives.
What examples of proper living and eating they set for their remaining students, friends and family.
Mary Jane Peterson Phillips