Laura Ingalls Wilder - Wikipedia
Laura notices Cap Garland and Almanzo breaking a pair of wild colts to BB/VA says: Then I realized that he (and his brother) most likely lived near Peter Ingalls so they probably met Laura and family during the time they. Almanzo Wilder, Laura's husband and Rose's father, was in his 70s, a man . much harder, she believed, than many of the other writers she met. . to the convention and cast his vote, on behalf of Virginia, for Richard Nixon. Laura Ingalls married Almanzo Wilder in South Dakota, Laura met her future husband, a laconic homesteader ten years her senior. the money than in the prestige of authorship—and when Virginia Kirkus, an editor.Laura & Almanzo - Amazed
Farmer Boy recounts events of Wilder's childhood starting when he was eight years old, in Among other things, he goes to school when not needed at home for the farm worklearns to drive a team of oxen, attends a county fair, and enjoys a midth century Fourth of July celebration in town.
He also learns how to deal with being bossed around by his older siblings, particularly his strong-willed sister Eliza Jane, who would later become a teacher of his future wife.
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Farmer Boy, by publication date, was the second book written in the Little House series. Published init was followed by Little House on the Prairie in The original order of publication was changed by the publisher Harper with the release of the newly illustrated edition. Moving west, they settled in Spring Valley, Minnesota where they established a farm.
Wilder settled on his homestead with the intent of planting acres of seed wheat which he had cultivated on rented shares in Marshall, Minnesota the previous summer.
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It was in De Smet that he first met Laura Ingalls. The Ingalls family had been among the first settlers in the area, before the town was formally organized. Ingalls wrote of Wilder's character in The Long Winter. Along with his future wife's fellow school chum, Ed "Cap" Garland, Wilder risked his life to save the pioneers of De Smet from starvation during the hard winter ofamong them the Ingalls family. They managed to find the farmer and purchase. After a difficult negotiation, they hauled 60 bushels of wheat on sleds that continually broke through the snow into slough grassbarely making it back to De Smet before a four-day blizzard hit the area.
Marriage to Laura Ingalls[ edit ] When Wilder was 25 years old and Ingalls was age 15, the two began courting.
They settled on Wilder's claim and began their own small farming operations. The Wilders' daughter, Rose, was born December 5, Rose Wilder later became known as the author Rose Wilder Lanea noted political writer and philosopher.
During their first years of marriage, described in The First Four Yearsthe Wilders were plagued by bad weather, illness, and large debts. In the spring ofWilder and his wife were both stricken with diphtheria.
Although they both survived, Wilder suffered from one of the less common, late complications of the illness, neuritis. Areas of his legs were temporarily paralyzed, and even after the paralysis had resolved, he needed a cane to walk. His inability to perform the hard physical labor associated with wheat farming in South Dakota, combined with a lengthy drought in the late s and early s, further contributed to the Wilders' downward spiral into debt and poverty.
The year proved the breaking point for the Wilders.
In early August, the couple had a son. The child remained unnamed when, two weeks later, he suddenly died of "convulsions. In the words of Wilder's daughter, "It took seven successive years of complete crop failure, with work, weather and sickness that wrecked his health permanently, and interest rates of 36 per cent on money borrowed to buy food, to dislodge us from that land.
It was a time of rest and recovery for the weary family. Aroundthey left De Smet and spent about a year resting at the home of Almanzo's parents on their Spring Valley, Minnesotafarm before moving briefly to Westville, Floridain search of a climate to improve Almanzo's health. They found, however, that the dry plains they were used to were very different from the humidity they encountered in Westville.
The weather, along with feeling out of place among the locals, encouraged their return to De Smet inwhere they purchased a small home. They named the place Rocky Ridge Farm  and moved into a ramshackle log cabin. At first, they earned income only from wagon loads of fire wood they would sell in town for 50 cents. Financial security came slowly. Apple trees they planted did not bear fruit for seven years.
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Almanzo's parents visited around that time and gave them the deed to the house they had been renting in Mansfield, which was the economic boost Wilder's family needed. They then added to the property outside town, and eventually accrued nearly acres Aroundthey sold the house in town, moved back to the farm, and completed the farmhouse with the proceeds.
What began as about 40 acres They diversified Rocky Ridge Farm with poultry, a dairy farm, and a large apple orchard. Wilder became active in various clubs and was an advocate for several regional farm associations. She was recognized as an authority in poultry farming and rural living, which led to invitations to speak to groups around the region.
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She also took a paid position with the local Farm Loan Associationdispensing small loans to local farmers. Wilder's column in the Ruralist, "As a Farm Woman Thinks", introduced her to a loyal audience of rural Ozarkianswho enjoyed her regular columns.
Her topics ranged from home and family, including her trip to San Francisco, Californiato visit Rose Lane and the Pan-Pacific exhibition, to World War I and other world events, and to the fascinating world travels of Lane as well as her own thoughts on the increasing options offered to women during this era.
While the couple was never wealthy until the "Little House" books began to achieve popularity, the farming operation and Wilder's income from writing and the Farm Loan Association provided them with a stable living. Miller, "[a]fter more than a decade of writing for farm papers, Wilder had become a disciplined writer, able to produce thoughtful, readable prose for a general audience. However, the "project never proceeded very far.
She remodeled and took it over. They still owned the acre 81 hectare farm, but they had invested most of their savings with Lane's broker. InWilder requested Lane's opinion about an autobiographical manuscript she had written about her pioneering childhood. The Great Depressioncoupled with the deaths of Wilder's mother in and her older sister inseem to have prompted her to preserve her memories in a life story called Pioneer Girl. She also hoped that her writing would generate some additional income.
On the advice of Lane's publisher, she greatly expanded the story. After its success, she continued writing. The close and often rocky collaboration between her and Lane continued, in person until when Lane permanently left Rocky Ridge Farm, and afterward by correspondence.
The collaboration worked both ways: Still others contend that she took each of Wilder's unpolished rough drafts in hand and completely, but silently, transformed them into the series of books known today. Miller, using this record, describes varying levels of involvement by Lane.
Lane possessed style; Wilder had substance. Lane emerged in the s as an avowed conservative polemicist and critic of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration and his New Deal programs. According to a article in the New Yorker, "When Roosevelt was elected, she noted in her diary, 'America has a dictator.
It is now marketed as the ninth volume. By the mids the royalties from the Little House books brought a steady and increasingly substantial income to the Wilders for the first time in their 50 years of marriage. The collaboration also brought the two writers at Rocky Ridge Farm the money they needed to recoup the loss of their investments in the stock market.
Various honors, huge amounts of fan mail, and other accolades were bestowed on Wilder. Pioneer Girl[ edit ] In —, already in her early 60s, Wilder began writing her autobiography, titled Pioneer Girl. At the time, it was rejected by publishers and was never released. At Lane's urging, she rewrote most of her stories for children. The result was the Little House series of books. She also describes previously unknown facets of her father's character.
According to its publisher, "Wilder's fiction, her autobiography, and her real childhood are all distinct things, but they are closely intertwined. Most of the surrounding area including the property with the stone cottage Lane had built for them was sold, but they still kept some farm animals, and tended their flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Almost daily, carloads of fans stopped by, eager to meet "Laura" of the Little House books. The Wilders lived independently and without financial worries until Almanzo's death at the farm in at age Wilder remained on the farm.