Sons Bring Home Rabbit Meat for Family

Woman recalls chant her brothers used when they went hunting for rabbit meat.

| Good Old Days

My grandfather and his two eldest sons volunteered for service during the Civil War, leaving my grandmother and nine children on the homestead in Iowa. Mother said that she could remember that they lived mostly on cornbread and syrup, with rabbit meat. The older boys at home, whose job it was to bring in the rabbits, used to chant: "Rabbits tender, rabbits tough. God be praised, we've rabbits enough!"

Mrs. Myrtle Morphew
Roann, Indiana

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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