It seemed like every animal we had on our small family farm sooner or later became a pet. They gave us lots of laughs and joy.
Susie was a very adventuresome pet goose, generally into everything on the place. In the morning she waited on the back step for me to come out and followed me everywhere she could.
Susie had plenty of places where she could get water, as our chickens and geese ran out and were not always in the pen. One day Susie decided she wanted a drink so she headed for the cows' barrel. The water was lower than usual, and as she bent to get a drink she fell in. How she did sputter. After getting out she was so mad she chased the chickens all over the place. It was quite funny.
The children had been playing in the garden space and had dug a hole. It rained that night, and of course in the morning Susie went out to investigate. She slipped in the hole and how she sputtered. My 5-year-old laughed at her and Susie started to chase him. We really did enjoy our funny goose, Susie, and her antics.
Sioux City, Iowa
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.