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Outhouse Kittens

One Sunday my husband’s family
gathered at his folks’ for one of their “get togethers.” After a
wonderful meal the children all went outside and the women went busily about their
usual routine of putting away all the food and doing the dishes.

His folks had one of the famous “WPA” little
houses out back. They also had the cutest little white Angora
kittens. Soon we heard a loud commotion outside. We all went immediately to see
what the trouble was. You could never guess. ALL OUR LITTLE DARLINGS had thrown those white kittens down the deep
holes in the “little house out back.”

Grandpa was furious! He sent the
kids to the house to get some pieces of meat while he got a small pail and
placed a rope on the handle. He would put a piece of meat in the pail and lower
it down the hole. When the kitten jumped into the pail for the meat he would
pull each one up.

This accomplished, he lined the
kids all up together and I’m sure they will never forget the lecture they got
from Grandpa.

Mrs. R.A. Cundall
Murray, Nebraska


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.