Outhouse Meeting

Cousins use the outhouse as their meeting spot.

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I recall how we cousins would love to all go to the outhouse at the same time when we visited at Uncle Bert's farm. He was a great hand at doing things different, and built a large outhouse. In the center he had this square about 4 feet by 4 feet, and on each corner was a hole. Four of us could sit at once, and sit we did and talk, tell stories, and have many good laughs. Seemed like a congenial meeting place - never knew another one like it. It was unique! 

Mrs. Leo Strouth
Brewster, Minnesota


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.