Bushwhackers shoot grandfather, set home on fire; family escapes to Springfield, Missouri
My grandfather was killed by what were known then as bushwhackers, near Rogers, Arkansas. Working nearby, he had come home for dinner. When he was eating, he saw three men coming. Realizing his family would be endangered, he got on his horse and could have gotten away, but turned back to shoot at them. They got him, then went on into the house, setting it on fire.
Grandma and seven children, with all they could get with one horse, went to Springfield, Missouri, on foot.
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.