When I was probably in the second grade, I went in with my dad to a local small motor repair shop to pick up something he had dropped off. When he went to pay the bill, he asked the lady who handled the books what she had been doing lately.
“Going over to Keokuk and setting off fires was her answer.”
For the longest time, I thought she was the person responsible for setting the string of fires in the nearby river town. She was kidding, but sometimes kids do not realize that.
Was there something joked about and great aunt Myrtle, when she was a very small child, over head it and believed it?
And then repeated it to you?