My father told of a pioneer wedding he attended when he was a young lad. The menu consisted of cornbread, molasses, sheep sorrel pie and creamed buffalo peas. There may have been other items such as rabbit pot roast and cornmeal coffee.
Father told me how they made cornmeal coffee. Molasses and cornmeal were put into a skillet and burned until the mixture was crisp. Then it was crumbled and brewed into a mixture called coffee.
Mrs. Arlo Howell
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.