The Outhouse Closest

Girl confuses outhouse with clothes closet.

| Good Old Days

The little house on the back was also called the "closet" among many other names. When I was about four, my mother changed the sheets and cases on the bed, rolled up the soiled ones and told me to take them to the closet, meaning the inside clothes closet. So I did as she said. 

A few hours later my mother had reason to go to the little house on the back. She naturally looked in the hole and she saw something white that shouldn't be there. You guessed it, the "sheets." 

La Dean Robinson
Ceres, California

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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