A special early-day friend of our family enjoyed telling how he used to gather up bleaching buffalo bones and haul them to the nearest railroad station, a distance of 40 miles. The round trip took three days. For his load, he would get a total of $2, but he was glad to add this amount to his slender cash income.
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.