“Remember, it is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM.

Their home where the family lived has been preserved and left just as Laura left it when she died. Inside the house, visitors get the feeling that the Wilders have just stepped out and will return shortly. Laura’s spices, mixing bowl and flour sifter are still in the kitchen where she left them in the cabinet. Visitors to the house will also notice that all the furniture was “made to size”, much of it was hand made by Mandy. Laura only stood about four-foot, 11 inches, Mandy was also of short stature. The white-framed house stands as a reminder of Laura and her family.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Inc., was founded in Pepin Wis., in 1974. The town has earlier named a park after her in 1962. Over the years there have been markers placed at the home sites of the Ingalls-Wilder family. The last marker was placed on the home site in Westville on Oct. 8, 2006. This was the final home site to be marked.

The family may have moved nine times in three years, grasshoppers may have destroyed their crops, and snow storms may have nearly starved the family, but the family stuck together and survived.

Laura’s first book was published when she was 65 years old in 1932. That book was “Little House in the Big Woods.” She went on to publish 13 other books, including; “Farmer Boy” in 1933; “Little House on The Prairie” in 1935; “On the Banks of Plum Creek” in 1937; “By the Shores of Silver Lake” in 1939; “The Long Winter” in 1940; “Little Town on The Prairie” in 1941; and “These Happy Golden Years.”

Five of the 13 books were not published until after Laura’s death. Those books were; “On The Way Home” written with Rose was published in 1962; “West From Home” in 1974; “The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder” in 1992; “Old Town in The Green Groves” in 2002 and “A Little House Traveler” in 2006. A manuscript that was entitled “The First Four Years,” was published in 1971. The manuscript was found in Rose’s belongings when she died in 1968.

The universal theme of the books of all families face similar situations in life has allowed the books to remain popular.

 



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