Tornado Relocates Outhouse With Man Inside

A tornado struck neighbor’s farm and moves the outhouse to another field with a hired hand inside.

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I was too young to remember this tornado that struck our neighbors place a few miles from where we lived,-but I have heard this story many times. It lifted the outhouse up and carried it about a half mile and sat it down in a field. All the time the hired man was inside, scared but not hurt.

Ellen Nelson
Hudson, Illinois


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.