Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Historical Information







Laura Ingalls & Almanzo Wilder Marriage Announcement


Source: De Smet News

Married WILDER-INGALLS. - At the residence of the officiating clergyman, Rev. E. Brown, August 25, 1885. Mr. Almanzo J. Wilder and Miss Laura Ingalls, both of De Smet. Thus two more of our respected young people have united in the journey of life. May their voyage be pleasant, their joys be many and their sorrows few.


Birth Announcement: Rose Wilder

Source: De Smet News

The good angels called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Wilder, last Monday night, and left a bright little nine-pound girl to cheer their solitude. Dr. Cashman reports mother and daughter doing nicely. Grandpa Ingalls is entitled to wear gray hairs and numerous wrinkles now. "Manly" says they have named the little one Rose, and if she don't cause him many a "rose" during the cold, stilly, watched of the night 'ere the balmy zephyrs of spring arrive, he may thank his lucky stars.

Rose Wilder & Claire Gillette Lane Marriage Announcement


Note: Announcement submitted by Laura and Almanzo

Mr. and Mrs. Almanzo J. Wilder announce the marriage of their daughter Rose to Mr. Claire Gillette Lane Wednesday, March the twenty-fourth one thousand nine hundred and nine
San Francisco.


Charles Philip Ingalls Obituary


Source: De Smet News, June 12, 1902

A Pioneer Gone

The People of De Smet were pained Sunday afternoon to learn of the death of Mr. C.P. Ingalls, who died at 3 p.m. of that day after a linfering illnes of several weeks. Heart trouble was the cause of his death.

Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church Tuesday forenoon, largely attended bt the many friends of the deceased and of the family. After the church services were concluded the masonic fraternity who were in attendance in body took charge of the funeral and the remains were placed in their last resting place with solemn funeral rite of that organization.

Chas. P. Ingalls was born in that state 60 years ago. His life was that of a pioneer from boyhood. At the age of 12 years he moved with his parents to Illinois, thence a few years later to Wisconsin and thence to Minnesota. It was while living in Wisconsin that he married the esteemable lady who is now his widow.

In 1879 he brought his family to De Smet. He was the first to build a dwelling in this locality; the house which now stands on the rear of the Bank of De Smet lot is the building. In his home were held the first religious services. He was prominent in the work of organizing the Congregational Church of this city which he was faithful and consistent member to his death

As a citizen he held high esteem, being honest and upright in his dealings and associations with his fellows. As a friend and neighbor he was always kind and courteous, and a faithful and loving husband and father.

Caroline Quiner Ingalls Obituary

Source: De Smet News

Mrs. C. Q. Ingalls, Pioneer of County, Dies at 84

Kingsbury County lost one of its pioneer women in the death of Mrs. C.P. Ingalls at her home here Sunday. She and her husband came to this locality in 1879 and lived in a claim shanty on the north shore of Silver Lake before there was a De Smet.

The death was unexpected and followed an illnedd of but a short time, altho [sic] Mrs. Ingalls has been feeble all winter.

Caroline Quiner was born December 12, 1839, at Milwaukee, Wis., and died at five o'clock p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924, at the age of 84.

She was married to Charles Ingalls of Milwaukee Feb. 1, 1860, whose death occurred June 8, 1902.

Five children were born to this union. Mary Ingalls of De Smet; Laura Wilder of Mansfield, Mo; Caroline Swanzey of Keystone, S.D.; Frederick Ingalls, who died in infancy, and Grace Dow of De Smet.

The family moved to De Smet in 1879 where they have since resided. In 1880 Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls helped organize the Congregational Church at De Smet and were faithful members of the organization to the end of their lives. Mrs. Ingalls was also an early member of the Eastern Star chapter of De Smet.

Besides the four daughters the deceased is survived by three sisters, and one granddaughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Mrs. Ingalls was a good mother, a good neighbor, and a good friend. The last few years she has been unable to get around to see people very much or to attend church. but her interest has been with her neighbors, friends, and church. It was a pleasure to go and visit her as she was always interested, bright and happy.


Carrie Ingalls Swanzey Obituary

Source: South Dakota Times

Keystone. June 5 - Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Ingalls Swanzey will be held at the Keystone Congregational church Thursday at 2 p.m., daylight savings time. The Order of Eastern Star will conduct the rights and Rev. Carl Loocke will assist. Burial will be in De Smet.

Mrs. Swanzey came with her parents to Dakota Territory and they settled at De Smet. She worked on several small newspapers in the state before coming here about 35 years ago as an employee of the paper and later married David N. Swanzey. He died in 1938.

She was active in church and community affairs and recently received a 50-year life membership in the Eastern Star here. Survivors include a sister, Laura Ingalls Wilder of Mansfield, Mo., and Rose Wilder Lane, a niece, both widely known authors, and a stepdaughter, Mary.

She died Sunday in a Rapid City hospital. Funeral arrangements were made by Behrens Mortuary of Rapid City.


Grace Ingalls Dow Obituary

Mrs. Nate Dow passed away at her home in Manchester at 11:00 Monday evening following a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the house and at the Manchester Presbyterian Church, the Rev. D. Van Houte officiating.

Mrs. Dow had attended school in De Smet and Redfield College and had taught school in Manchester Township

She was active in the Ladies Aid and club work and was a local writer. Pallbearers were Lucian Howard, Howard Rowen, J.L. Towberman, Harvey Marx, E.C. Brinkley, and Alfred Anderson.

Left to mourn her passing are husband Nate Dow, two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Swanzey of Keystone and Mrs. Laura Wilder of Mansfield, Mo., and a niece, Rose Wilder Lane.


Almanzo James Wilder Obituary

Source: Mansfield Mirror

A. J. Wilder Well Known Resident Dies Suddenly

Almanzo J. Wilder. 92, a pioneer resident of Mansfield and one of its best known residents, died at his home, Rocky Ridge farm, Sunday morning following an illness of several weeks, with only his wife, Laura Ingalls Wilder, with him at the time. Although Mr. Wilder had been seriously ill he was thought to be in an improved condition when death took him after he suffered a sudden heart attack.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilder have resided since 1894 at their farm just east of the city on Highway 60.

A son of James and Angeline Day Wilder, he was born in Malone, N.Y., on February 13, 1857, and with a brother went to South Dakota in 1879.

Mr. Wilder and Laura Ingalls Wilder, who has received acclaim as a writer of children's books, a native of Wisconsin, who moved with her family to South Dakota, were married on August 25, 1885, in De Smet, S.D. Nine years later they came to Missouri settling in Mansfield. They have on [sic] daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, like her mother a well known writer, who now makes her home in Danbury, Conn.

Mr. Wilder once save [sic] his snowbound town from starving by driving 40 miles through a blizzard for wheat. He is the hero of his wife's famous series of pioneer juveniles.

Mr. Wilder was a member of the Mansfield Blue Lodge of the Masons, and in earlier years was active in civic affairs of the community.

Funeral services are to be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the Mansfield Methodist Church with Rev. Carleton Knight officiating.

Burial will be in the Mansfield cemetery under the direction of the Steffe Funeral Home.

Rose Wilder Lane arrived in Springfield Wednesday night and was met by Mr. and Mrs. George B. Freeman, who brought her to Mansfield.


Laura Ingalls Wilder Obituary