My uncle learned more than readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic in a one-room school. He learned to love his teacher (my aunt) enough to marry her!
She had planned to marry a young man that tragically died of typhoid. Uncle was almost ten years younger than my aunt but she seemed as young or younger. They raised two children and we were together a lot as we always lived within visiting distance of each other. We also saw them a lot at family gatherings.
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.