Safety Matches Burned Down the Outhouse

Young girl accidentally burns down the outhouse despite using safety matches.

| Good Old Days

When my husband's sister and he were youngsters, his sister burned down their outhouse. She was probably seven or eight years old at the time. Well, she said she used safety matches and there 
was no reason for that outhouse to have burned down! That experience has been handed down for years and years.

Mrs. Harold Thompson
Gordon, 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.  

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