The Old Stepping Stone: Revisiting the Family Farm

A Missouri woman revisits her childhood home and finds the porch stepping stone has endured the years
CAPPER's Staff
Good Old Days
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Past, Present and Future Homesteader

Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.

Stages of a Homesteader

The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.

Homemade Fries

A goal of trying not to eat fast food fries turns into making them at home.

Concrete Work Helps 100-Year-Old Farm

We finally hired a mason after seeing the problems with the 100-year-old stone foundations ... join ...

Though age has dimmed my eyesight and slowed my step, when I was looking at the cedar trees and cement walks around my childhood home, I was astonished to see the old six-foot sturdy rock that made the stepping stone to our front porch in the same place and apparently as sturdy as I remembered.

In 1910, my family and I moved from our family farm that we all loved to a comfortable home in a small town. We had to move to a smaller home because of the early death of my father and an accident that crippled my grandfather.

Twenty-two years later when my brother was grown, he married, and with his competent and understanding wife took the old grandparents back to the farm home to enjoy their later years. Inquiring further I learned that the first house where the old rock was placed had burned in 1949. Another house much like the old one was moved in and placed so that the cement walks and the old rock were never moved. For 49 years this house was home to the family who made these changes.

When outdoor carpet became popular the porch and the old rock were covered. Therefore, it wasn't noticed until the house was sold for storage to an adjoining school.

Now at 90 I ask myself, should I try to buy the old stone? Should I try to have it moved to my present home? Would it crumble? Should I leave the old stepping stone where it was placed by someone long ago to be used and enjoyed by generations?

Bonnie Dunlap 
Montrose, 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. 








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
 

Want to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $19.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $19.95 for a one year subscription!