The famous author Almanzo Wilder, husband of fellow writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born into a family of farmers, along with his parents and five siblings. As part of the “Little House” series of autobiographical novels, Laura wrote the book “Farmer Boy” about her husband’s childhood in Upstate New York.
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Almanzo became known in the books of “Little House”, where Laura wrote about her courtship and subsequent marriage in “The Long Winter”, “Little Town on the Prairie”, “These Happy Golden Years” y “The First Four Years”.
Other of the appearances he had was in the Chapter 28 (‘Moving Day’) of “By the Shores of Silver Lake.” The writer was characterized by being a calm, brave and hardworking man who loved horses and agriculture. He was also a great carpenter.
WHAT DOES FARMER BOY NARRATE?
The book tells of the childhood of Wilder since 1866, when he was eight years old. Some of the moments narrated include his school stage, when he learned to herd oxen, the celebration of July 4, among other scenes.
They also talk about how he learned to deal with his older siblings, especially with Eliza Jane, who would later become his future wife’s teacher. This issue was published in 1933 and it is the second in the series “Little House”.
MOVING TO THE WEST
The family Wilder leaves Burke in 1870 due to poor harvests and moved west, in Spring Valley, Minnesota, where they built a farm. Nine years later, Wilder and his older brothers Royal and Eliza Jane move to Dakota, where they meet Laura Ingalls.
Ingalls wrote about Wilder’s character in “The Long Winter”, where he tells how he risked his life to save the city’s pioneers from hunger during the harsh winter of 1881, including the ingalls family.
YOUR MARRIAGE TO LAURA INGALLS
The young people started dating for a couple of years, around the time Laura was traveling around town to teach at a school and boarding school. On August 25, 1885, Wilder e Ingalls They were married in De Smet by the Reverend Edward Brown. Their first daughter (Rose Wilder) was born a year later and later, she would become the author Rose Wilder Lane, a famous political writer and philosopher.
The first stage of the marriage was not good, debts and diseases like diphtheria affected them. Although they survived, the patriarch was left behind and the losing streak extended until 1889, when they had a second child who died after two weeks and lost their home due to a fire, as well as their crops.
After several moves, the family found a space in Missouri where they built the house of their dreams, a space with 10 rooms and a productive farm for poultry, dairy products and fruits. There Almanzo He lived his entire life, actively participating in various church and community activities.
HOW DID ALMANZO WILDER DIE?
October 23, 1949, Almanzo passed away from two heart attacks at 92 years of age. His wife died eight years later, on February 10, 1957, and his daughter, Rose Wilder Lane lived until 1968.. All three are buried in Mansfield, and many of Wilder’s possessions and crafts can be seen today at ‘Rocky Ridge Farm’, as well as at the Malone, New York and Spring Valley, Minnesota sites. Rocky Ridge Farm is known today as the Laura Ingalls Wilder / Rose Wilder Lane Museum.