Youngster Chopped Wood and Thumb

One time Grandfather was gone, and the two little boys were helping Grandmother as she chopped wood. George chopped Fred’s thumb, leaving it hanging by the skin. There wasn’t a doctor for many miles.

Grandma poured sugar on Fred’s thumb, put it back together and bandaged it. I don’t know why she put sugar on it, but Uncle Fred kept his thumb, though it was a bit stiff all his life.

Mrs. Robert Williams
Winfield, Kansas

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.