Chicken Makes Nest in the Outhouse

Years ago usually everyone had one
holers. One fellow decided he’d build a two holer. His neighbor wanted to be
better so he built a three holer. One day he went in to use it and he had
gotten to the third hole as the others were “well used.” Suddenly he jumps out “with his pants down” yelling,
“I’ve been bit by a snake, I’ve been bit by a snake!” not realizing
an old setting hen had made her a nest in the third hole and as he sat down she
pecked him.

Joe Linhart
Enid, Oklahoma

Back in 1955 a call
went out from the editors of the then
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
title – – hit the shelves. Nine
other books have since been published in the
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.