Encounter With Timber Wolf Motivates Homesteader to Finish Door

Woman with young children encounters a timber wolf in her doorway; door gets finished shortly thereafter.

| Good Old Days

As a child I loved to hear my grandmother talk about the "olden days" when she and Grandfather homesteaded southeast of Foss, Oklahoma.

They had just finished building their small home and had not hung the door yet. Grandmother was sitting, waiting for Grandfather to come home. He walked to Foss every day to work for a dollar a day, and walked home each evening. In the twilight she rocked the baby, with her small daughter on a stool at her feet and a lighted lamp on the table.

When the dog whined, Grandmother glanced toward the door. There stood a huge timber wolf, growling.

Grandmother shoved the little girl out of the way and tossed the baby on the bed. She grabbed the door and held it in the doorway. The wolf left. Grandmother always thought it was the lighted lamp that kept the wolf from walking in.

It wasn't long until Grandmother had Grandfather hanging that door on hinges so it could be opened-and shut.

Mrs. Ralph Roll
Arapaho, Oklahoma



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