Grandmother Recalls Unusual Haircut

Fear of scalping lead to an unusual haircut for settler's daughter.

| Good Old Days

We girls were discussing hair styles and unusual haircuts when my husband's grandmother spoke up and said, "I only had my hair cut once in my life."

We all wanted to know when because we couldn't imagine Grandma with short hair. She told us it was back when she was a little girl of 6 or 7. The settlers had been warned that an Indian party was on the way.

"Our papa told us,” said Grandma, "that if we girls had our hair short and ugly the Indians wouldn't be as likely to scalp us as they would if it was long and pretty. Then he took his hunting knife and whacked off our long locks."

Grandma went on to explain that the alarm was a false one, but that she'd never forgotten the one time she'd had short hair. Guess in those days a man's hunting knife had lots of uses.

Mrs. Jack Hurd
Bolivar, Missouri

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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