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Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow (/ˈɪŋɡəlz ˈd/; May 23, 1877 in Burr Oak, Iowa – November 10, 1941 in Manchester, South Dakota) was the fifth and last child of Caroline and Charles Ingalls. She was the youngest sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, known for her Little House on the Prairie books.

Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow
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Grace Ingalls
Born (1877-05-23)May 23, 1877
Burr Oak, Iowa, U.S.
Died November 10, 1941(1941-11-10) (aged 64)
Manchester, South Dakota, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from diabetes
Resting place De Smet Cemetery
Spouse(s) Nathan William Dow
(m. 1901; her death 1941)
Parent(s) Charles Ingalls
Caroline Quiner Ingalls
Relatives Mary Ingalls (sister)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (sister)
Carrie Ingalls (sister)
Rose Wilder Lane (niece)
Almanzo Wilder (brother-in-law)

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BiographyEdit

Following public school, Grace Ingalls studied to become a schoolteacher. After completing her training, she taught in the nearby town of Manchester, South Dakota, seven miles west of De Smet, South Dakota, where her family had settled. On October 16, 1901, she married Nathan William Dow in the parlor of her parents' home in De Smet. Aside from being a farm wife, Dow dabbled in journalism like her older sister Carrie, acting as a stringer for several local newspapers later in her life. After her parents' deaths, she and her older sister, Carrie, took care of their eldest sister Mary, who was blind.[1][2]

 
Surveyors' House, first home in Dakota Territory of the Charles Ingalls family
 
De Smet School, first school in De Smet and attended by Grace Ingalls as well as her older sisters Carrie and Laura

Dow died of complications from diabetes in Manchester, South Dakota, on November 10, 1941 at the age of 64. Diabetes ran in the Ingalls family and Laura, Carrie, and Grace all would die from the complications of the disease.[citation needed] Dow was the first of the Ingalls siblings to succumb to the ailment. She is buried in the Ingalls family plot at De Smet Cemetery in De Smet, South Dakota; her husband is buried next to her. The couple had no children.

In the mediaEdit

Dow was portrayed in the television adaptations of Little House on the Prairie by:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder." biblio.com.
  2. ^ Benge, Janet and Geoff (2005). Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life. YWAM Publishing. ISBN 1-932096-32-9. 

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