Laura Ingalls Wilder
A favorite childhood author that I still love today.
Sarah Lovenia Garland (left) and Florence Adelia Garland, Cap's sisters. Taken around 1883. Florence was the teacher in the De Smet school which Laura and Carrie attended. In 1887, Florence left home and married Charles Lansing Dawley, leaving Cap and his mother the only ones in their small boarding house, on the corner of Joliet Avenue. In 1886 - 1887, Vena had a baby girl, Madge, making Cap an uncle.
Robert Boast, a friend of Charles Ingalls; Boast and his new bride Ella "Ellie" arrived in De Smet in the winter of 1879-80 when the Ingalls family was living in the Surveyor's house. Mrs. Boast suffered from ill health and the beloved couple never had children, but their home became a popular gathering place for the young people of De Smet.
Ma's China Shepheress: This figurine was found among Carrie's things in Keystone, SD. The foot had been broken and mended with sealing wax, evidence that it had been cherished. Later, William Anderson found a letter that Laura had written to some school children. In it she wrote, "Carrie has the little shepherdess." We feel confident that this is the figure that the family had treasured.