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Life Before Air Conditioning

I live in the Central Valley of California and it’s been over 100 degrees for days now. Yesterday the high was 106. I went outside at 9 a.m. and it was already 90 degrees so when I came back from my errand I went inside and stayed there until 8 p.m. that night. Sometimes I feel like I’m ...

Closing of General Store Was the End of an Era

I went to the grocery store yesterday, but that’s not big news. I’m no stranger to grocery stores, but on this occasion, I was transported back in time to Dave Brumfield’s general store in my hometown, in the mid-1950s. Ah, yes … the good old days. Now before any naysayers get all wound ...

Tribute to a Former Capper’s Farmer Editor in the Good Old Days

We were recently contacted by Dorothy Miller, currently of Cincinnati, who just discovered that Capper’s Farmer is again being published. She was excited to hear it — and with good reason. Dorothy, now 92, spent two years in Topeka, Kansas, as the Associate Home Editor for Capper’s Farmer ...

Letters to the Editor From Our Readers

New Look Is ImpressiveWhile shopping at Price Chopper in Harrisonville, Missouri, many months ago, I looked at the magazines and was drawn to your Winter 2012 issue.I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a magazine like I did this issue. I have never had so much fun looking through a magazine.I ...

Curious Comfort

Sarah, the web editor for Capper's Farmer, sent me an email about submissions for a cookbook they were needing to send off to the publisher and mentioned I had said I had my mother-in-law's box of old recipes. I do not remember saying that, but there are a lot of things I don’t remember – ...

Pigs Cause Embarrassing Scene at Outhouse

When I was growing up on a Kansas farm about 50 years ago, outhouses were the going thing. Ours was a regular one seater with a Sears catalogue, but some were two seaters, with an actual roll of tissue and fancy cut-outs in the door. Like us, our friend Vern had a small one out back. He also ...

First Jet Flies Over Outhouse

Here is my story about the "little house out back." As we all know there weren't any "jets" during WWII. They came right after the war was over. One day I was sitting in our "little outhouse out back," my cares forgotten and deep in thought, when the first "jet" I had ever seen or heard ...

Chicken Makes Nest in the Outhouse

Years ago usually everyone had one holers. One fellow decided he'd build a two holer. His neighbor wanted to be better so he built a three holer. One day he went in to use it and he had gotten to the third hole as the others were "well used." Suddenly he jumps out "with his pants down" ...

Hide and Go Seek the Outhouse

The most embarrassing outhouse experience I had occurred when I was twelve years old. I was attending a little one-room rural school, where outhouses for boys and girls were discreetly erected some distance from each other, and also from the schoolhouse. It was during the noon recess. The ...

Breaking a Bad Habit

Just wanted to write to you about an experience I had as a child about an old outhouse. Seems after I got in bed every night I had to go to the outhouse. So, I guess my parents thought it was unnecessary every night as mom took me out before she put me to bed. Dad was a joker anyway and he ...

Truth or Dare in the Outhouse

I was about nine years old when this occurred around 1911. I lived with my parents, sisters and brothers. We walked the mile and three quarters to our country school every day. Our schoolhouse was built near the east end of the school lot. The boys' outhouse was built in the southwest corner ...

Invisible in the Outhouse

About 38 years ago we moved to a small farm in Arkansas. The "little brown shack" sat facing the highway. Our three-year-old son would go to the "potty" and leave the door open. I told him when cars passed the people could see him sitting there and he said, "No, they can't see me 'cause when I ...

Play Parties and Games on Kansas Homestead

As I am an old-timer, I want to tell about old-time play parties. They were enjoyed by young and old and were our main source of entertainment. Usually young men or women in the neighborhood, looking for diversion and entertainment, would hit on the idea of a party. They would ride a horse or ...

Christmas Program: Priorities on North Dakota Homestead

In the early 1900s my family, with its two small boys, lived on a farm on a North Dakota homestead. Spending our first vacation in Iowa with our parents in the old farm home at Christmastime was a great joy to us. We arrived the day before Christmas, so we could be present for the Christmas ...

Simple Pleasures on a South Dakota Homestead

Born in Europe, Grandpa Henry Boese came to America with other Mennonites. He and his wife homesteaded between Freeman and Marion, South Dakota. That South Dakota homestead was a source of much simple joy and fulfillment. They lived in an unusual house – a house joined to a barn. The ...

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