Old Recipe for Salve

This recipe for salve has been in our family for at least 85 years.

“Melt together one-half pound lard, one-fourth pound rosin, one-fourth pound beeswax and one ounce gum of camphor. After it is taken from the stove, add a little turpentine when almost cold.”

Mrs. F.W. Parrish
Santa Monica, California

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.