School Programs Were Wonderful

Still remembers poem recited at a Christmas program at her one-room school.

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I remember one of our school programs. It was Christmas time, and I was given a part in the Christmas program. A poem that goes like this:

"I wish I had a telephone with golden wires unfurled,
Long enough and strong enough to reach around the world,
I'd call up everybody around the world and say,
A very Merry Christmas
To you this Christmas Day."
I'm 74 years old now, but I've never forgotten this poem.

Mildred Deason
Mound City, Kansas


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.