Teacher Bent Rule

There were strict rules for a female teacher in a one-room school.

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Female teachers were not allowed to wear long pants, but I had a wool melton "Ski Suit," with knit cuffs on the bottoms of the legs that I wore over my skirts and removed before the children made an appearance. No teacher was permitted to smoke on the school grounds, and every teacher's behavior had to be above reproach.

Reva E. Seckington
Marshall, 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.