The Outhouse Keeper

A mother cat makes the outhouse her new home.

| Good Old Days

I had an experience in the outhouse I'll never forget.

A few years back when we still lived on the farm I was working in my garden one evening. I needed to go to the bathroom, and to save time rather than walk to the house I went to the old outhouse, which was closer.

I didn't know that one of our many farm cats had made a maternity ward under the floor boards of the outhouse. When she heard me unroll the toilet paper it scared her and she came clawing up out of the hole I was sitting on. I got up real fast, but not before I had several good scratch marks. From then on I never used the outhouse again.

Mrs. O. Willour
Ransom, Kansas

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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