Paying Outhouse

An uncle pays kids a dime to use the outhouse.

| Good Old Days

While I was raising my family of five boys and one girl, we still had to use the little house out back. One of the kids had heard about the pay restrooms for the public, and even though our little outhouse was very rugged, they took a pork and bean can and nailed it on the outside of the door and put a sign by it - 10ft. To their surprise one day after an uncle had visited, they found a dime in their can 

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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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