Cash for Buffalo Bones

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By Capper's Staff | Aug 5, 2011

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.

Alva Halderman
Zurich, 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
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.

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