Teacher in One-Room Schoolhouse Enjoyed Students

Children said the darndest things in my one-room schoolhouse.

| Good Old Days

Five-year-old Donna was being introduced to her first lessons in Mathematics in her one-room schoolhouse. However, she always used her fingers to count out the sums of her problems.

One day, after calling her attention to the habit repeatedly, I said, "Donna, what would you have done if the good Lord had not given you fingers?"

She smiled and said, "I guess I would have had to count on my toes!"

Madonna Storla
Postville, Iowa

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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