Mother Had Gun While Father Worked Coal Mines

When Dad went to the coal mines to work, he left a gun by the window.

| Good Old Days

During the proving-up period on their claim, my parents were so short of money that my father went to the coal mines to work, leaving my mother and the children at home. Before he left, he bought a rifle and told Mother to stand it by the bed every night so it would be handy should she ever need it.  

One moonlight night a noise woke Mother, and she could see what appeared to be an arm and a hand at the window screen. She reached for her gun and said, "Who is it?" Our horse whinnied. He had come for a drink from the barrel near the window. 

Mrs. Pearl Allen
Olney Springs, Colorado

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. 

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