Pioneer Stories: Toddler Afraid of Feathers

Mother tells pioneer stories, including one about toddler's fear of feathers.

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My oldest sister was toddling age when my parents were Iowa pioneers. Rattlesnakes were everywhere under the large rocks on the place. In her pioneer stories, Mother admits she was terrified lest the baby be bitten. For some strange reason, Sister was very much afraid of feathers as they moved about in the air. Mother discovered she had only to put a large feather in the unscreened open doorway and the baby would not venture into the yard.

Ella Bedsaul
La Mesa, California


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.