Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls aka Laura Ingalls Wilder

(7 February 1867 - 10 February 1957)
Author and Pioneer

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born 7 February 1867 in Pepin County, Wisconsin, to Caroline Lake Quiner and Charles Phillip Ingalls. Laura had an older sister, Mary, two younger sisters, Caroline "Carrie" and Grace, and an infant brother, Charles Frederic, who died just before he turned 10 months of age in 1886.

The family lived in several locations, including Montgomery County, Kansas (Indian Territory); Walnut Grove, Redwood County, Minnesota; Winneshiek County, Iowa; and settled in DeSmet, South Dakota.

Laura, as Laura Ingalls Wilder, wrote a beloved series of children's books lovingly referred to as "The Little House Books". The books were based on her family's pioneering adventures settling "the West". One book focuses on the children of her husband, Almanzo Wilder, and his family in Malone, Franklin County, New York.

Laura and Almanzo Wilder were married 25 August 1885 in DeSmet, Kingsbury County, South Dakota.Their daughter, Rose Wilder, was born 5 December 1886 in DeSmet. Rose would become known as Rose Wilder Lane, a well-known writer of her time. Their unnamed infant son was born 1 August 1889 and died 12 August 1889 in DeSmet where he is buried.

Additional information to follow.

Helpful links:

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum - Mansfield, Missouri

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society - DeSmet, South Dakota

Little House Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum - Pepin, Wisconsin

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum - Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Book - The Last Gunfight

by Jeff Guinn

The Real Story of the Shootout at the O. K. Corral - and how it changed the American West

The shootout actually took place at a location near the O. K. Corral (a small horse corral) in a vacant lot next to a photography studio.

Tombstone, Arizona Territory
26 October 1881

A deadly shootout erupted between lawmen Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday, and cowboys Billy Claiborne, Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury, Ike Clanton, and Billy Clanton.

Virgil Earp was the Town Marshal, his brother Morgan was the Assistant Town Marshal, and their brother Wyatt had been named temporary lawman. They were aided by friend Doc Holliday whom Virgil had designated a temporary marshal.

The cowboys were two sets of brothers, the Clantons and the McLaurys, and their friend Billy Claiborne.

The book includes family backgrounds as well as the settlement of Tombstone.

The author attempts to separate the myths from facts of this famous incident which lasted about 30 seconds.

It also includes photographs of early Tombstone and of the members of the Earp, Clanton, and McLaury families, plus Doc Holliday. A map of Tombstone and a general location map are also included.

 Tombstone, Arizona Territory

Tombstone Historic District

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)
Queen of the Frontier
stars as notorious Jessica Drummond of Arizona Territory
 Forty Guns (1957)