Three Women Fall in the Outhouse

During the course of the evening we women folks had to go to the outhouse. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law went inside and I was going to wait outside. It was cold and they told me to come inside, and as I stepped in the floor gave way and down we went, all three.

Now how to get out? We finally got my sister-in-law out and she went to get help from the men.

What a mess we were, we were fortunate that the weather was cold and nobody was hurt. But I’ll never forget the time that we fell in the hole.

Mrs. E. Rewerts
Doniphan, 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.