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Laura Ingalls Wilder Timeline

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1860

Feb. 1

Charles Ingalls and Caroline Quiner (Pa and Ma) married at Concord, Wisconsin

1865

Jan. 10

Mary Amelia Ingalls born, Pepin, Wisconsin

1867

Feb. 7

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls born, Pepin, Wisconsin.

1869

Ma and Pa Ingalls and girls move to Indian Territory, Kansas.

1870

Aug. 3

Caroline Celestia Ingalls (Carrie) born, Montgomery County, Kansas.

1871

May

Ingalls family forced by troops from Kansas. Family returns to Pepin, Wisconsin.

1874

Spring

Ingallses move to the banks of Plum Creek, Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

1875

Nov. 1

Charles Frederick Ingalls (Freddie) born, Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

1876

Aug 27

Freddie dies, age 9 months. Burial in Wabasha County, Minnesota.

Fall

Ingalls family moves to Burr Oak, Iowa, to run Masters Hotel.

1877

May 23

Grace Pearl Ingalls born, Burr Oak, Iowa.

1878

Ingalls move to Walnut Grove again.

1879

Feb.

Mary becomes blind after fever.

Sept. 9

Ingalls family moves to railroad shanty in De Smet in the Dakota Territory.

 

Dec. 1

The Ingalls move into the Surveyor's House.

1881

Nov. 23

Mary enrolled at College for the Blind, Vinton, Iowa.

1882

Dec. 10

Laura receives her first teachers certificate; begins teaching school Dec. 20.

1885

Aug. 25

Laura E. Ingalls marries Almanzo J. Wilder in De Smet.

1886

Dec. 5

Rose Wilder born in De Smet.

1888

Spring

Almanzo and Laura have diphtheria.

 

Aug. 12

Laura and Almanzo's baby boy dies, 12 days old; burial at De Smet Cemetery.

1889

Aug. 23

House on Almanzo's tree claim burns, rebuilt.

1894

July 17

Wilders leave De Smet for Mansfield, Missouri. Purchase Rocky Ridge Farm.

1902

June 8

Charles Ingalls (Pa) dies, De Smet, South Dakota.

1920s

 

Rose writes Let the Hurricane Roar while she lives at Rocky Ridge Farm.

1924

April 20

Caroline Ingalls (Ma) dies, De Smet, South Dakota.

1928

Oct. 20

Mary dies at Carrie's home, Keystone, South Dakota. Burial in De Smet, S.D.

1932

Little House in the Big Woods published. (Age 65 years)

1933

 

Farmer Boy (about Almanzo's boyhood) published.

1935

Little House on the Prairie (about life in Kansas) published.

1937

 

On the Banks of Plum Creek (about Walnut Grove, Minnesota) published.

1939

By the Shores of Silver Lake (about De Smet, South Dakota) published.

1940

 

The Long Winter (about De Smet) published.

1941

Nov. 10

Grace (Mrs. Nate Dow) dies. Burial in De Smet, South Dakota.

1943

 

Little Town on the Prairie (about De Smet) published.

These Happy Golden Years published.

1946

June 2

Carrie (Mrs. D. N. Swanzey) dies, Rapid City, S.D. Burial in De Smet, S.D.

1949

Oct. 23

Almanzo Wilder dies, Mansfield, Missouri.

1953

Oct. 14

Garth Williams illustrates new editions of the Little House books.

1957

Feb. 10

Laura Ingalls Wilder dies (age 90), Mansfield, Missouri.

1968

Oct. 30

Rose Wilder Lane dies (age 81); burial at Mansfield, Missouri.

1971

Laura's unfinished story, The First Four Years, published.

Written material, drawings and watercolors prepared by David Bousfield and Nancy Westlake. Bousfield@iowa-city.k12.ia.us Westlake@iowa-city.k12.ia.us

Photographs and post cards courtesy of:
Laura Ingalls Memorial Society, De Smet, South Dakota.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum, Burr Oak, Iowa, Leslie A. Kelly

Paperback book covers on the Little House Books bibliography used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.



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