In 1942, when father's family moved to another farm two miles away, they had to attend a different one-room schoolhouse, Logan No.9. Here the teacher started school each day by reading a chapter out of the Bible and the children all said out loud the Lord's Prayer.
Because these were the days of World War II, the school had projects. My father was one of the students who picked the largest amount of milkweed pods and brought them to school, as it was the gathering point. These later were sent away as the inside of the pods was used to make life jackets. My father also helped make slippers for soldiers out of cardboard with flannel sewn around it.
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.