I checked my mail and there was not one, but TWO copies of letters from Laura Ingalls Wilder for the Walnut Grove archive. One was from my friends at the Audubon Public Library (home of Albert the Bull) and the other came from Mary in Vinton. Each had something of interest.
The Audubon letter was to a Miss Janey (a one-room school teacher) and was dated June 6th, 1952. Included was this paragraph:
“I am sorry to have missed your visit. When next you visit Seymour come see me for a few minutes.”
An actual invitation to visit is not something that has shown up before in the letters I collected.
Mary’s letter was dated Sept. 5th, 1952. It includes the following answer I hadn’t seen before. Ruth Wahlert who wrote the letter must have asked about Rose.
“My daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, was born in South Dakota on our farm near De Smet.” I think Laura was pleased to be asked about her.
Please keep the word going and those letters coming in.
Take a look. They will be added to my Rose Wilder Lane informational page soon. You will have to log into an EBSCO account (most public libraries have them and can give you your password) to read them.
Just passing along a little reminder from their board. 😉
For more information about one-room schools see their website or mine. 😉
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
This is just a reminder that Tuesday May 20th is the registration deadline for this years Country School Association Conference at Miami University of Ohio, in Oxford, Ohio. That is less than two weeks away, so please try to make time in your schedule to do it soon. A late registration fee applies after that date.
Will we see you at the CSAA Conference? The 8th Annual CSAA Conference on Country Schools will be held June 16-18, 2008 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Take part in the quality programming offered by dedicated country school academics, researchers and re-enactors. As a highlight of the conference, visit the William Holmes McGuffey Museum and visit some Butler County country schools on the optional Wednesday bus tour.
Good news Rose Wilder Lane fans who have been hunting used book stores online and in person for her books. Four titles have been brought back by Kessinger Publishing. These are reprints on the cheap basically photocopies of originals bound softback, but they are allowing you to buy new copies of Rose’s work, what’s not to like about that. Go to
Its only connection with Laura is its location, but Dakota Girl Cheryl Whitlock just pointed out an article providing information about Peppy, the Lake Pepin monster first spotted in 1871 and offering a reward.