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Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow (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
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)
Charles Frederick Ingalls (brother)
Rose Wilder Lane (niece)
Almanzo Wilder (brother-in-law)



Dow trained as a schoolteacher, and taught in the former town of Manchester, South Dakota, seven miles west of De Smet, South Dakota, where her family had settled. (Manchester was obliterated by an F4 tornado on June 24, 2003, and was not rebuilt.)[1][2] On October 16, 1901, she married Nathan William Dow in the parlor of her parents' home in De Smet. The couple had no children.

Aside from being a farm wife, she 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 took care of her eldest sister Mary, who was blind.[3][4]

Dow died of complications from diabetes in Manchester, South Dakota, on November 10, 1941, aged 64. Diabetes ran in the Ingalls family and Laura, Carrie, and Grace all would die from the complications of the disease. Dow was the first of the Ingalls siblings to succumb to the ailment. She was buried at De Smet Cemetery.

In the mediaEdit

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


  1. ^ NOAA National Weather Service, Sioux Falls, SD "24 June 2003 Tornado Outbreak over southeast South Dakota", Retrieved on 29 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Tornado Pummels Small Minnesota Town". June 25, 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder."
  4. ^ Benge, Janet and Geoff (2005). Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life. YWAM Publishing. ISBN 1-932096-32-9. 

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