When I was in the third grade at a one-room schoolhouse, my pencil wrote a note to someone else with naughty words and the teacher had me stay after school that Friday afternoon. She gave me a sound spanking with the paddle. I think it was the only time I got punished at school.
Another type of punishment was to write something one hundred times or be assigned a week's job of dusting erasers or carrying out trash to a barrel burner.
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.