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Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Best known for her “Little House” books, Laura was born in a log cabin in Wisconsin and saw the frontier as her family traveled west as pioneer settlers. It is on these experiences that Laura based her books. She captured the successive phases of the American frontier by preserving her own memories of her travels....

Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

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Born during her parents’ stay in Kansas, Carrie, third daughter of the Ingalls, grew up in DeSmet, South Dakota. Upon graduating from high school, she went to work for the local newspaper, and came to manage several papers. Moving to Keystone, South Dakota to run a paper, she met and married a miner, David Swanzey....

Annie Oakley

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Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Moses Butler)became an international legend in her own lifetime based on her shooting skills. Born into poverty in Ohio, Annie taught herself to shoot to help feed her family. A shooting contest against future husband Frank Butler put her on the road to stardom. In 1885 she joined the Buffalo Bill’s...

Rose Wilder Lane

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The daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose was a gifted child academically. She left home at seventeen to work for Western Union, then began a successful but short-lived real estate venture. Rose began a literary career as a feature writer for the San Francisco Bulletin. Leaving that job to work for the Red Cross, Rose...

Kathy Kennedy

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Like her father and grandfather, Kathy was a roper. From early childhood, she dreamed of becoming the world’s best woman roper. Kathy won her first rodeo event, team roping, at fourteen as the only female competitor. She won her first world title in 1977. Before her career was cut short by cancer, Kathy became a...

Mary Ingalls

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Eldest of the Ingalls children, Mary dreamed of becoming a schoolteacher until she was stricken with scarlet fever and lost her sight. She instead attended the Iowa State College for the Blind, graduating with high marks. Returning home, she lived with her mother and wove colorful “fly nets” for horses. She was a church organist...

Caroline Quiner Ingalls

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Matriarch of the Ingalls family, Caroline was an educated and cultured woman despite being born and raised on the frontier. Quiet and gentle, she had five children and was known for her kindness and concern for others. She moved to Kansas with her husband, and then to Minnesota, where she lost her only son. After...

Grace Ingalls Dow

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The youngest of the Ingalls children, Grace went to school in De Smet. She eventually married a local farmer, Nathan Dow. With her husband’s health failing, he and Grace rented out the farm and toured the Pacific Coast. Returning to De Smet, Grace wrote neighborhood items for the newspaper and cared for her sister Mary...

Nel Sweeten Cooper

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Nel came to Arizona looking for adventure. She married a rancher and homesteaded one of the largest Mohair goat ranches in the state. After her husband died, she successfully managed the ranch as the only woman goat rancher in Arizona, converting it to a cattle ranch just as the prices for mohair began to fall....

Bebe Mills Clements

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Born into a pioneer ranching family, Bebe spent most of her life tending to ranch matters. Though she was an equal partner with her husband, she operated the ranch alone much of the time. Her efforts set new standards in sheep ranching. Because she always wanted to be a musician and an artist, Bebe taught...
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