Mouse in the Outhouse

Girl is scared when a mouse runs down the sleeve of her coat.

| Good Old Days

In the late 1930's we lived on a farm with an "outhouse." I was a young girl at that time but I will never forget one day when I went to "visit" the outhouse and had put a coat on as it was cold. While sitting there a mouse ran down the sleeve of my coat. I have never moved that fast before or after that day! The thing I don't remember is if I ever finished what I went out there for in the first place!

Marlene Fey
Papillion, Nebraska

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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