I can not verify that the following story is true, only that I remember it being told when I was a kid of about 8-9 years old.
This person the story was told about was a little on the lazy side and his wife was always fussing at him about doing odd jobs around the house.
She nagged him so much that he got to where he didn't pay any attention to anything she said.
Now this tale happened back in the day when very few folks had indoor plumbing.
The outdoor toilet or outhouse was in need of repair and the woman was constantly on her husband about it needing a new roof and some boards replaced on the sides.
One day she told him the whole thing was going to fall in and hurt someone.
She had also seen a gopher snake several times on the path from the house to the outhouse.
Her husband was just too lazy to care and the outhouse continued to deteriorate. Now this fellow was not only lazy, but he had a drinking problem as well, especially on the weekends.
He often came in late on Saturday night, usually pretty intoxicated.
Well, on a Wednesday morning the wife gets up about daybreak and heads for the outhouse.
It is still dark outside so she takes a lantern with her for light.
She checks out the inside of the outhouse with the lantern and is satisfied there are no critters to be found.
What she didn't know was that the gopher snake had wrapped around the base of the toilet seat.
When she sat down she crushed the snake's head. Everyone knows that when a snakes head is crushed their body goes into convulsions and this snake did exactly that and started slapping her on the hip.
Not knowing what it was and unable to get a grip on the lantern, she did what most people would do, and ran.
The outhouse door was in pretty bad shape and when she pushed the door, which she had latched on the inside to keep the varmints out, it did not budge. But with the second push the whole thing collapsed, pulling the hinges out of the door and it slamming against the ground with a loud bang.
While she was trying to escape, she was also screaming at the top of her lungs for her husband.
Her husband, asleep in the house, did hear her screaming and from a sound sleep he sat up in the bed thinking he had been awaken from a bad dream.
At first he thought the neighbor's peacocks had escaped and were in his yard being chased by the dog.
He jumped out of bed and ran to the back porch where he saw the dog quivering under the steps. He had never seen the dog that scared so he stepped back in
the house and grabbed his shotgun.
The whole time he could hear this gosh-awful sound coming from the backyard.
The sun was now breaking and he could finally see the sillhouette of someone running toward the house and he could hear the dog under the porch bumping his head trying to get away from whatever it was running and screaming at them.
Just as he raised the gun to shoot, he could see that it was his wife.
When she finally caught her breath, she raised a ruckus at him for being so sorry that he wouldn't fix up the outhouse.
Like always, he promised to fix it.
Later that morning he hung the door back and fixed a board where he thought the snake might have gotten in the outhouse.
He disposed of the snake’s carcus still wrapped around the seat and then forgot about the whole episode.
Saturday came and he went to town like he always did.
When he came in that night around midnight, he decided to make a stop at the outhouse.
He rolled himself a cigarette and sat down on the seat to smoke it and abruptly fell asleep.
Like rolled cigarettes will do, some of the ashes landed on the catalog laying on the floor.
In a few minutes a fire started and the old fellow woke up in a burning outhouse.
The door had wedged itself shut, because he had not fixed it correctly. Like his wife, he took it down as he rammed his body hard against the door.
It wasn't long before the whole outhouse was burning.
His wife had heard all the ruckus and seen the flames through the window, and came out to see what was happening.
Two good things came from the outhouse burning. The wife got indoor plumbing and the husband quit drinking.