Marching Soldiers Discover Ripe Tomatoes at Old House

Man doesn't like tomatoes until the Civil War when his unit found ripe tomatoes while marching.

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Grandma's husband said he did not like tomatoes until he served during the Civil War. There were a number of men marching, and they did not have much to eat when they came by an old house where there was a world of ripe tomatoes. The men went to picking them and eating them. Grandpa said he never in his life ate anything that tasted so good. From that day on he liked tomatoes any way they were fixed.

Mrs. Glenn Locke
Alliance, Nebraska


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.