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Outhouse Used as a Place to Hide Broken Eggs

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By Capper's Staff | Mar 27, 2013

As a child we wallpapered the outhouse with scraps and pieces left from the trimmings mother had when our home walls got a face lift.

Once in a while the outhouse was a place to hide mistakes, like when forgetting the leavening out of baked goods or accidental breakage of eggs while gathering and we didn’t want mom and dad to know – probably lots more, but those were the good ole’ days.

Doris White
Waterloo, Iowa


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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