Caroline Quiner Ingalls with her husband Charles Phillip Ingalls
Caroline Lake Quiner
December 12, 1839
Brookfield, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||April 20, 1924 (aged 84)|
De Smet, South Dakota, U.S.
Charles Phillip Ingalls
(m. 1860; his death 1902)
- For information on the relatives, see : List of real-life individuals from Little House on the Prairie
Caroline was born 15 miles west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the Town of Brookfield, Waukesha County. She was the fifth of seven children of Henry Quiner and Charlotte (Tucker) Quiner. Her brothers were Joseph, Henry, and Thomas, and her sisters were Martha Jane and Eliza (the Quiners' first child, Martha Morse Quiner, died in 1836).
When Caroline was 5, her father died in an accident, reportedly on Lake Michigan near the Straits of Mackinac. In 1849, her mother married Frederick Holbrook, a farmer who lived nearby. They had one child together, Charlotte "Lottie" Holbrook. Caroline evidently loved and respected her stepfather, and would later honor his memory by naming her son after him. At the age of 16 1/2, Caroline started working as a teacher.
On February 1, 1860, she married Charles Phillip Ingalls. Together they had five children: Mary Amelia, Laura Elizabeth, Caroline Celestia (Carrie), Charles Frederick (Freddie), and Grace Pearl.
Charles Frederick Ingalls
November 1, 1875
Walnut Grove, Minnesota,
|Died||August 27, 1876 (9 months, 26 days)|
South Troy, Minnesota,
|Parent(s)||Caroline Ingalls (mother)|
Charles Ingalls (father)
In her autobiography Pioneer Girl, Laura remembers that "Little Brother was not well" and that "one terrible day, he straightened out his little body and was dead". Wilder scholar William Anderson noted: "Nearly forty years after Freddie's death, Ma mourned him, telling relatives how different everything would be 'if Freddie had lived'."
Travels and later yearsEdit
After arriving in De Smet, Caroline and the Ingalls family lived in the home of the local surveyor as well as a store in the downtown area, before homesteading just outside town on a farm by Silver Lake. When the Ingalls family sold the farm due to a persistent pattern of dry years, Charles built a home for them on Third Street in De Smet, known later as "The House That Pa Built". Following her husband's death from heart disease in 1902 at age 66, Ingalls and her oldest daughter, Mary, remained in the De Smet house, renting one of the rooms for extra income. Following a long illness, Caroline Ingalls died on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924, at the age of 84.
In the mediaEdit
The fictional series The Caroline Years, an extension of the Little House series, by Maria D. Wilkes and Celia Wilkins, follows Caroline Quiner from her fifth year to her late teens, up to her engagement to Charles. The first title in the series is Little House in Brookfield.
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