Grandmother Gets Her Way About Fire Shovel

Fire shovel makes long journey through grandmother’s ingenuity.


| Good Old Days



When my great-great-grandmother was preparing to move from eastern Ohio to "away out west in Indiana," she longed to bring several items that her husband said they absolutely did not have room to bring. Among these things was a little fire shovel her husband's brother had made for them in his blacksmith shop, but my great-great-grandfather flatly said no. Nevertheless, when they reached their new home there was the little shovel, and there was Great-Great-Grandmother sewing up a seam in the featherbed!

Mrs. Eyman Turner
Portland, Ind.


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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