Chores Followed One-Room Schoolhouse Classes

The chores were waiting for us after attending a one-room schoolhouse all day.

| Good Old Days

After we got home from attending our one-room schoolhouse, the first thing we did was to change our clothes. We put them away for the next day. Every one of us had our chore to do. At night we studied our lessons for the next day. Mama sat by the old wood heater and patched our clothes or darned our socks. Dad read his daily paper and shelled corn for the chickens the next day. Sometimes he helped us with our lessons or played games with us.

Blanche (Silvey) Blevins
Springfield, Missouri

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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