Hard Times Homesteading in Western Oklahoma

Living in a dugout for six years, one family endures on western Oklahoma homestead.


| Good Old Days



When I talk about the hard times on our claim in western Oklahoma – we moved there in 1906 – folks think I read them in a book!

We hauled our drinking water three miles, and it sat under the sun in a barrel for a week. It got good and hot.

We lived in a dugout about six years, then built out on a hill. And none too soon! On our last morning in the dugout the side fell in and buried our breakfast.

Mrs. Rosa Plowman
Altamont, Kansas


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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