Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Famous Daughter, Rose Wilder Lane

By | December 3, 2018

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Baby Rose...Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Michelle Steffin as Rose Wilder, Dean Butler as Almanzo James Wilder (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Most fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House series of autobiographical children’s book know quite a bit about Laura’s childhood, both from the books and from the hit TV series, The Little House on the Prairie, which ran from 1974 to 1983. But Laura’s story stopped after she marries her husband, Almanzo Wilder, and gives birth to her only surviving child, a daughter named Rose. Did you know that Rose grew up to be a writer like her mother and, in fact, was quite famous during her lifetime? Here’s a look at the famous Little House daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, and her own impressive career. 

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Rose was Born in a Tiny Claim Shanty

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘rose in winter’ was born on December 5, 1886, in what is now South Dakota. As the last book in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, The First Four Years, tells us, times were tough for the Wilder family when Rose was born. There was  debilitating illness, a devastating house fire, droughts and crop failures, and even another baby, Rose’s brother, who died when he was just a few days old. The Wilder’s decided to leave the Dakota Territory and find a more hospitable place to live. They settled on a farm outside Mansfield, Missouri.