The Outhouse Skunk

Woman gets followed into the outhouse by a skunk.

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One night I had extra kitchen work to do. My husband and children had been in bed for some time when I had to go to the outhouse. So I lit the lantern and away I went. The door on the outhouse opened in instead of out. I pushed it open put the lantern down, turned around and the door moved, and here came a skunk. I had closed it in when I opened the door. I took out on high, leaving the lantern till morning. I was lucky, I could of smelled like a skunk or it could of turned the lantern over, causing a fire. This happened before we had electric power. I thought 

Dad and the children would never forget my experience. 

Edna Hines
Rich Hill, Missouri

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.