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Winfield, Kansas

1940 March 25 : letter to Helen Crawford

Title

1940 March 25 : letter to Helen Crawford

Subject

Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957

Authors, American--Correspondence

Description

Letter from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Winfield, Kansas children's librarian Helen Crawford regarding her family, her books and writing, and birthdays

Creator

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Source

Winfield Public Library, Winfield, Kansas

Publisher

Winfield Public Library, Winfield, Kansas

Date

1940-03-25

Rights

The copyright in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s correspondence is owned and controlled by Little House Heritage Trust, and may not be reproduced or otherwise copied or used without the Trust’s written permission. All rights reserved.

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Format

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Language

English

Type

Correspondence


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Citation
Wilder, Laura Ingalls, “1940 March 25 : letter to Helen Crawford,” Winfield Digital Collections, accessed December 9, 2022, https://winfield.digitalsckls.info/item/1.
Text

[Envelope]
Mrs. A. J. Wilder
Mansfield, Mo.
(in pencil) #1
Helen D. Crawford
Children's Librarian
Winfield Public Library
Winfield
Kansas
(postmark)
MANSFIELD
MAR
26
2 PM
1940

[page 1]
Rocky Ridge Farm
Mansfield, Missouri
March 25, 1940

Dear Miss Crawford
As you thought my books are biographical. They are my earliest memories of Kansas and Indian Ter. in Little House on the Prairie.
My fathers family lived there in 1870-71 exactly as I have written. As you see it was only for a short time.
The family records show that J. J. Ingalls of Kas. was a distant connection of my father, I think a second cousin.
[page 2]
We know nothing of the Wilder family there. Have only heard that there are Wilders living in Kansas.
My husband is the Almanzo Wilder of my book Farmer Boy. He was born in northern New York My father C. P. Ingalls was born in New York state.
I was born in Wisconsin in The Little House in the Big Woods.
You may have heard of our daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, perhaps read some of her stories. She is now living in New York City.
I am pleased that the children
[page 3]
and you like my stories and especially that my tales in Little House on the Prairie agree with the stories you have heard of those days. I was at first a little uneasy as to just how reliable my memory might be but I have had several letters agreeing with it as yours does.
If there is anything more you would like to know about me I will gladly write again.
Mr. Wilder and I celebrated our birthdays this winter by giving a party to a crowd of friends. He was 83 and I 74
Sincerely
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Original Format

Letter