Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Publication of “Farmer Boy”

We are Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Farmer Boy” 

On June 21, 2008 

Actor/ Documentary Director Dean Butler, Author/Publisher William Anderson, Author of “Little House Cookbook” Barbra Walker and Karen Lassel Horse Trainer of the Miner Institute Morgan Horses will all be on property that day.  Admission is $8.00 per adult $3.00 children 6 to 16 and free for children 5 and under.  Band and Food will be on property and a early peek of the documentary of “Life before Laura”



Mary Pa At a recent program I was asked about birthdays of the Ingalls and Wilder Families. Here’s a list in chronological order below.

1813 – James Mason Wilder [Father Wilder] born near Milton, Vermont [January 26].

1821 – Angeline Day [Mother Wilder] born in Chateaugay, New York.

1836 – Charles Ingalls [Pa] born in Cuba, New York [Jan.11].

1839 – Caroline Quiner [Ma] born in Brookfield, Wisconsin [Dec. 12].

1844 – Laura Wilder born [June 15].

1847 – Royal Wilder born [February 20].

1850 –  Eliza Jane Wilder is born [January 1].

1853 – Alice Wilder born [September 3].

1857 – Almanzo James Wilder born in New York [Feb. 13].

1865 – Mary Amelia Ingalls born at Pepin, Wisconsin [Jan. 10].

1867 – Laura Elizabeth Ingalls born in Pepin, Wisconsin [Feb. 7]. Laura Birthday

 1869 – The final child of the James Wilder Family, Perley Day Wilder was born after Farmer Boy was set [June 13].

1870 – Caroline Ingalls [Carrie] born in Montgomery County, Kansas [Aug. 3].

 1875 – Charles Frederick Ingalls born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota [Nov. 1].

 1876 – Charles Frederick Ingalls dies at South Troy, Minnesota [Aug. 27].

 1877 – Grace Pearl Ingalls born in Burr Oak, Iowa [May 23].

1886 – Rose Wilder born in De Smet, South Dakota [December 5].

AlmanzoBirthdayUPDATE: I was working on one of my directory posts and came across this one. It looked like the topic of a list of Ingalls/Wilder birthdays was a good one, but for some reason the formatting was terribly off. I decided I had better fix it before I moved on so I did. 🙂 I also decided to add my social media birthday cards from this year (2014) and fixed the tags and the excerpt. I hope you enjoy it.

UPDATED March 17 2017: I replaced the signature block with my current signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

George Washington Carver Exhibit

Earlier I told you about my visit to the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa. They now have a website version of the exhibit. Find it here:


Also, the Field Museum is also doing an exhibit right now. Visit their web version here:


It’s so great that George Washington Carver is being remembered so much. His museum outside of Diamond, Missouri has been re-done since our visit in 1999, so I hope I can visit it again sometime soon.

What to Do With Leap Day

While we got an extra day this year, unfortunately leap day is just another work day. Sigh! Some people were wondering what to do with this gift of time. Pioneer Press (formerly read by Charles Ingalls) published a round up of ideas. Follow the link below.


My favorite is Do Your Homework which urges people to re-read the “Little House” books as prep to the Guthrie’s new musical. (No, no schedule dates yet, but they promised to have them set in March.)


South Dakota Updates

Knee deep in web updates myself (drat this new web editor program – I promise the updated Trundlebed Tales site will be up and running soon), I took a break to check in on other Laura websites and while some other sites had been updated, while kudos go to most sites for getting 2008 dates up and running in good time, the most substantial new offerings were both in South Dakota.

 First, the Keystone Area Historical Society, with its Carrie Ingalls Swanzey connection, has now posted on its site its walking tour map. The 5 printed pages include historic photos, plus descriptions of each building. I was disappointed that neither the site of Carrie’s house or the historic marker to her was included, but be sure to catch her exhibit at the KAHS museum and read the selection from Prof. Julie Williams’s essay on Carrie, if you haven’t yet had that pleasure. Follow the link and click on Carrie Ingalls. http://www.keystonechamber.com/kahs/walkingtour.html

Second, the DeSmet Memorial Society is offering all sorts of new things. Take a look here:


Long a leader among homesite towns, by offering actual vacation packages (See their Chamber of Commerce website http://www.desmetsd.com ), now the Memorial Society has set up their own deals (without lodging). They offer suggestions on what to do in town for different lengths of time, along the line of those formerly offered on Burr Oak’s website (http://www.lauraingallswilder.us – I couldn’t find them on the page when I just checked, but I’m sure they have them on file). They also are offering guided walking tours around town (sounds interesting, but I hope the guides are good) and a scavenger hunt where you can collect 14 postcards from around town. The Prairie Girl package includes among other things a tour of the archives area. For first time visitors to the area, these might answer the question “we’re here, now what do we do?” Also, look for the Memorial Society’s book “Explore DeSmet” and the newest edition of “Little House Guidebook” by William T. Anderson. [Or, you could always take my class “How to Take a Laura Ingalls Wilder Vacation 😉 ]

An Obvious Quote

I just came across this quote in a blog called “Which Came First” Sept. 25, 2007 6:48 PM on the New York Times website http://www.nytimes.com The 3 part series is in itself a very interesting examination of how we can know something about history (in this case about some photographs taken during the Crimea War), but this quote by the author Errol Morris really jumped out at me. It’s something to consider the next time you are trying to research some history, buy something expensive, or have a conversation.

As I’ve said elsewhere: Nothing is so obvious that it’s obvious. When someone says that something is obvious, it seems almost certain that it is anything but obvious – even to them. The use of the word “obvious” indicates the absence of a logical argument – an attempt to convince the reader by asserting the truth of something by saying it a little louder.