Brush With Jesse James

Jesse James loses out to author’s mother after wooing her in younger years.

| Good Old Days

My grandparents lived across the road from Jesse James, and I have heard my aunts tell many times how Jesse James would come to their house and work the glove-fitting shoes on my mother's feet before they went to a dance.

Jesse lost out to my father who came West, met my mother, and married her.

Mrs. Hazel Bacon Dern
Hope, Arkansas

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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