Starting School in One-Room Schoolhouse Was Special

Remembers the thrill of the first day of school at her one-room schoolhouse.

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First days at the rural one-room schoolhouse were always special, as everything had been cleaned and painted, curtains had been washed, starched and ironed, and every family brought their own towel and drinking cup. The teacher would write her name on the blackboard and give us a little introduction of herself, and welcome all the pupils and tell what she hoped for us to learn together for the 180-day term of nine months.

Dorothy Carmann
Riverdale, Nebraska


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.