2008-02-10 05:16:11 UTC
Laura I. Wilder, Author, Dies at 90;
Writer of the 'Little House' Series for Children
Was an Ex-Newspaper Editor
FROM: The New York Times (February 12th 1957) ~
By The Associated Press
MANSFIELD, Ohio, Feb. 11
Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House"
series of children's books, died yesterday at her farm
near here after a long illness. Her age was 90.
Wrote First Book at 65
Mrs. Wilder wrote her first book in 1932 at the age of 65.
At the insistence of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane,
herself a novelist, Mrs. Wilder recalled her early days as
a child of a pioneer family in the "Little House in the Big
The story told of the Wisconsin where she was born and
from which her family set out in a covered wagon for
Indian territory. Their adventures were described in the
"Little House on the Prairie."
A schoolteacher at the age of 15, she became a housewife
three years later upon her marriage to Almanzo J. Wilder in
1885. He died in 1949 at the age of 92.
After the birth of their daughter, the Wilders moved from
Smet, S.D., to Florida. They later went to the Ozarks.
She became famous there for her books and for her
Mrs. Wilder was for twelve years editor of The Missouri
Ruralist. She also had been poultry editor of The St. Louis
Star and a writer of magazine articles before becoming an
author of books.
Her books include "The Long Winter," "On the Banks of
Plum Creek," "By the Shores of Silver Lake," "Farmer
Boy," a story of her husband's childhood, and "These
Happy Golden Years."
Mrs. Wilder's books have been translated into three
languages. In 1949 a library in Mansfield was dedicated
in her honor.
The Children's Library Association established the Laura
Ingalls Wilder award in 1954 for a lasting contribution to
literature for children. Mrs. Wilder was the first recipient
of the medal.
The little house on the prairie