Schoolteacher Sisters Planned for School Programs

During part of the years I was teaching, I had three sisters teaching at the same time. We all stayed at home with our one car and we’d drop one off at a time to four different schools. We planned our lessons and programs together (this was during the Depression, too). At Christmas time we would buy one Christmas tree, each planning our Christmas program on different nights so we could move the Christmas tree to each school. Then we’d take it home and decorate it for our family on Christmas Eve for our folks.

Emilie Bird
Beatrice, 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.