BONIFAY - Laura Ingalls Wilder died Feb. 10, 1957 - but it was the 150th anniversary of her birth that local residents were celebrating 60 years later, on Feb. 10, 2017.
The celebration, held at the Holmes County Historical Society Museum on Kansas Avenue in Bonifay, was a simple affair, with Holmes County Historical Society President Randy Torrance serving up hotdogs and birthday cupcakes while those in attendance heard stories about Wilder's life and took part in judging a contest for "Best Pioneer Girl Dress" contest.
Wilder was born in Wisconsin on Feb. 7, 1867 but moved to Holmes County with her husband, Almanzo Wilder in 1891. The couple lived north of Westville for only about a year, but their time in Holmes County left a historic mark - and many Ingalls relatives who still live in the area.
One such relative, Mary Jo Craft, is a fourth cousin to Wilder and spoke to those in attendance about her life and time in Holmes County.
Wilder wrote nearly ten “Little House” books, and the popular television series “Little House on the Prairie” was based on her stories.