Sharing the Outhouse

Turkeys take over a school outhouse.

| Good Old Days

My first year of teaching school in 1927 provided many not-so- pleasant experiences in the little house out back.

The little house had no roof. When it snowed, the snow had to be brushed away before sitting down. It was definitely no reading room as the most disconcerting fact that the turkeys roosted around the top. No one had trained them to face the outside world when roosting!

Maude L. Butler 
Brighton, Colorado

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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