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Treasure in the attic - A few weeks ago, my cousin decided it was time to clean out the attic of her late mother's home. Her mother has been gone at least 30 years, but no one had ventured into the attic to clean it out.

A few days later, she sent out a bag of magazines for me to read, as she knew I was a CAPPER'S subscriber. To my surprise, when I looked in the bag, they were all CAPPER'S WEEKLY. All the issues from December 1960 were there, along with some others from '61 and '62.

I haven't had time to look through all of them yet. I guess I'll just have to dispose of them after I read them, as I'm too old to save them. It will be hard, but I don't know anyone who might want to read them.

I just wanted to let you know how long some of your issues have been saved.

Katherine Cecil
Barberton, Ohio

Well-traveled birds - In the January issue, I read the article about crows' ability to count ('Crows can count - at least to 16'). It made me think of an incident that happened to me in the Pacific during World War II.

My ship, a destroyer, was hit by a kamikaze plane off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. In addition to killing some good men, it tore a gaping hole in the starboard side of the ship - in the sleeping compartments. It destroyed quite a few bunks and lockers. We got the hole repaired at a nearby island that we called Wiseman's Cove. It's the island where war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed.

We went over to another ship that had been damaged and were getting bunks, mattresses and lockers from it. While laying off and waiting for others to get the stuff on deck, three of us in the boat kept hearing a racket and sounds coming from the beach. Two of us were raised in the country, and we began talking about all the noise. It was a familiar sound, but we could not put a name on what it was.

About 20 or 30 minutes later, some five or six black crows came out and flew away. I guess you know that the other men and I felt like darn fools. But who would have thought of seeing and hearing a black crow there on the other side of the world?

I still remember it as if it were yesterday.

Ed White
Cedar Vale, Kan.

State quarters - Be sure to keep us posted when state quarters come out. It's about time for a new one.

Phyllis Bailey
San Antonio

Editor's note: We'll keep on top of this. The last state coin we noted that was due to show up in palms and pockets was the Nevada quarter (January). Next up is the second quarter to be released this year, Nebraska's. To read more about it, turn to Page 13. Now that we've got that coin covered, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any information on the Colorado quarter. It's the next one in the series.


 

Memories

What a neat couple - I received the February issue of CAPPER'S and read the Open Session feature. Your information on the first Wal-Mart in Rogers, Ark., is correct.

I used to live north of Bentonville. Sam Walton had a small five-and-ten-cent store on the main street in town. I used to trade there. Sam, himself, waited on me. Several years later, a Wal-Mart opened in Bentonville.

My husband, Spencer, and I attended the Presbyterian Church in Bentonville, and we got to know Sam and his wife, Helen, there. I was always amazed that Sam remembered our names. He always said 'Hello, Florence and Spencer.'

I have been at their home in the country twice - once for a church circle and once for a garden club meeting. Helen is still living. Sam is buried at the Rogers, Ark., cemetery. What neat people!

Florence Peck
Littleton, Colo.

Battling Ben Franklin - I was raised in the small town of Garfield, Ark. Sam Walton's five-and-dime stores in Rogers and Bentonville were both actually Ben Franklin stores.

The first Wal-Mart store was in the city limits of Rogers. It was small compared to the stores that are around today.

Walton said many times that he tried to get Ben Franklin to do what he did to get started, but they refused.

W.C. Mahurin
Kansas City, Mo.

Visitor center - We just returned from visiting our daughter in Rogers, Ark. We visited the former Walton's five-and-ten-cent store, which has been the Walton's visitor center in Bentonville since 1990. The first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers in 1962. It had sales of $975,000 in its first year. In 1974, they opened store number 100 in Bentonville.

Betty Vos
Morrison, Ill.


My donkey Fred - Here's a shot of my donkey, Fred, taking my grandson for a ride, and smiling for the picture.

Jean Weaver
Summit Lake, Wis.

Open Session - We welcome letters from readers. If you have an opinion or comment on an article you saw in CAPPER'S that you'd like to share, send it to Open Session, CAPPER'S, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265.