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Laura Ingalls Wilder: Timeline

"Memories! We go through life collecting them whether we will or not! Sometimes I wonder if they are our treasures in Heaven or the consuming fires of torment when we carry them with us as we, too pass on."
Laura Ingalls Wilder, June 1924

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10 Jan 1836 Charles "Pa" Ingalls born in New York
12 Dec 1839 Caroline "Ma" Quiner (Ingalls) born in Wisconsin
13 Feb 1857 Almanzo Wilder born in New York ("Farmer Boy")
1 Feb 1860 Charles & Caroline Ingalls married
10 Jan 1865 Mary (Laura's sister) born in Wisconsin
7 Feb 1867 Laura Elizabeth Ingalls (Wilder) born in Wisconsin
1868/1869 Ingalls family lives a short time in Chariton County, Missouri
1869 Ingalls family moves to Indian Territory in Kansas ("Little House on the Prairie")
3 Aug 1870 Carrie (Laura's sister) born in Kansas
spring 1871 Ingalls family leaves Kansas and returns to Wisconsin ("Little House in the Big Woods")
1874 Ingalls family leaves Wisconsin and moves near Walnut Grove, Redwood County, Minnesota ("On the Banks of Plum Creek")
1 Nov 1875 Charles Frederick (Laura's brother) born in Minnesota
27 Aug 1876 Charles Frederick (Laura's brother) dies in Minnesota
fall 1876 Ingalls family moves to Burr Oak, Iowa
23 May 1877 Grace (Laura's sister) born in Burr Oak, Iowa
1878 Ingalls family moves back to Walnut Grove, Minnesota
early 1879 to fall 1879 Mary loses her eyesight, family moves to Dakota Territory (early part of "On the Shores of Silver Lake")
winter 1880/1881 DeSmet, Dakota Territory ("The Long Winter")
fall 1881 Mary goes to the school for the blind in Iowa
fall 1882, early 1883 Laura becomes a school teacher ("Little Town on the Prairie")
1883/1885 Laura teaches school, is courted by Almanzo Wilder ("These Happy Golden Years")
25 Aug 1885 Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder marry
5 Dec 1886 Rose Wilder (Lane), Laura and Almanzo's daughter is born in Dakota Territory ("The First Four Years")
August 1889 Laura and Almanzo's unnamed son is born and dies twelve days later, their house burns down
about 1890-91 Laura and Almanzo live for a time with Almanzo's parents in Spring Valley, Minnesota, then move to Westfield in the panhandle of Florida for a short time. They return to DeSmet.
summer 1894 Laura and Almanzo Wilder leave DeSmet, South Dakota and move to Mansfield, Missouri, purchase Rocky Ridge Farm. ("On the Way Home")
8 June 1902 Charles "Pa" Ingalls dies in DeSmet ("New Dawn on Rocky Ridge")
1908 Laura and Almanzo's daughter Rose moves to San Francisco ("Bachelor Girl")
24 Mar 1909 Rose Wilder married Gillette Lane. The marriage ends in divorce less than ten years later. Their only known child died as an infant.
1915 Laura travels to San Francisco, California to visit her daughter Rose, now married to Gillette Lane. ("West From Home")
20 April 1924 Caroline "Ma" Ingalls dies in DeSmet
17 Oct 1928 Mary (Laura's sister) Ingalls dies at home of Carrie in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mary never married and had no children.
1932 "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
1933 "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
1933 "Let the Hurricane Roar" (reprinted as "Young Pioneers") by Rose Wilder Lane is published
1935 "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
1935 "Old Home Town" by Rose Wilder Lane is published
1937 "On the Banks of Plum Creek" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
1938 "Free Land" by Rose Wilder Lane is published
1939 "By the Shores of Silver Lake" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
1940 "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
1941 "Little Town on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
10 Nov 1941 Grace Ingalls Dow (Laura's sister) dies. She married but had no children.
1943 "These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published
2 Jun 1946 Carrie Ingalls Swanzey (Laura's sister) dies. She married a widower with children, had none of her own.
23 Oct 1949 Almanzo Wilder, Laura's husband, dies in Missouri.
10 Feb 1957 Laura Ingalls Wilder dies in Missouri.
1962 "On the Way Home" by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane is published
30 Oct 1968 Rose Wilder Lane, Laura's daughter, dies in Connecticut. She was divorced and had no surviving children.
1971 "The First Four Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published

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