Peggy Phyllis (1923-1963) was Carl
Barks' firstborn daughter. During the last few years of her short
life she corresponded with her father through mail (they lived
far apart in different states) supplying him with ideas for his
comic book stories. Some of them were accepted and used (see more
HERE), while others
were just filed away (see more HERE).
This website owns many of Barks' personal files - some of which have not even been properly registered yet - and now an interesting letter from Peggy to her father has surfaced. It holds several story suggestions plus one synopsis for a story. The latter is especially interesting, because Barks immediately used Peggy's short synopsis for one of his most famous and best liked stories. Peggy's involvement in the story has never been revealed before! Below you are treated to some of the proceedings around the story.
The resulting story is WDCS205 'Apple Dabble', in which Donald longs to win a prize for his apples at the county fair and he is nursing them all summer long. Of course, Barks extended and developed his daughter's synopsis with more gags, but the link to the synopsis is still quite apparent. The greatest alteration done was that Barks replaced the nephews with Gladstone Gander.
There can be little doubt that Barks was all fired up over the synopsis and its potential, because he soon began working on the story. Above you can see the relevant payment sheet from Western Publishing revealing that Barks finished and delivered the story, briefly titled Apple Crop by Western, within two months!