Covered Wagon Stop Requires Milking Cow in Pasture

Baby's need necessitates milking cow in pasture as covered wagon refused milk.

| Good Old Days

My grandparents bought milk from farmers along the way as they traveled by covered wagon from Nebraska to Oklahoma. One evening when they had camped for the night, Grandfather sent the girls to the nearest farm to buy milk. For the first time, they were refused. By this time the baby was so hungry, he was crying. Grandfather handed a pail to one of the boys and told him to go and milk a cow in a nearby pasture. Before long, the boy was back with milk for the baby.

Mrs. Howard Houston
Boone, Iowa

 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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