One-room schoolhouses had fewer pupils than bigger schools.
Because there were few pupils in the rural schools, each one who attended the one-room schoolhouse got individual attention and help, and thorough drilling in the basics. When they went on to high school in town it was almost sure that the valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class would be a former rural school pupil.
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.