Boy Almost Shoots Dad in Outhouse

A boy learning to use a gun almost shoots his dad in the outhouse.

| Good Old Days

Before the days of indoor plumbing it was considered very dangerous to travel to the "North Forty" as we sometimes called it.

At this particular time our youngest son was learning to use his dad's rifle.

As he lifted the gun, as accidents usually happen, the gun went off, shelling shot through the outhouse. At the time dad was occupying it. He ran out very excited, and so were the rest.


Nellie Dale
Mountain View, Missouri

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