Wild Greens, Rabbit Meat Were Diet Mainstays

Family in Oklahoma lived mostly on wild greens and rabbit meat.

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We lived mostly on wild greens and rabbits the first year or two we were in the Indian Territory. Sometimes our bread was made from bran we fed the horses. We got our drinking water from the little streams, and many settlers suffered from chills and malaria. This was 16 miles south of what is now Oklahoma City.

Ada Rhudy
Moline, Kansas


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.