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Mary Amelia Ingalls was born 10 January 1865 in Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States to Charles Phillip Ingalls (1836-1902) and Caroline Lake Quiner (1839-1924) and died 17 October 1928 in Keystone, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States of unspecified causes. Ancestors are from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom.


Biography

Mary Amelia Ingalls was born near the town of Pepin, Wisconsin. She was the first child of Caroline and Charles Ingalls. She was the older sister of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who is best known for her Wikipedia: Little House on the Prairie book series.

At the age of 14, Ingalls suffered an illness—thought to be scarlet fever—which caused her to lose her eyesight.[1] A 2013 study published in the journal Pediatrics, concluded it was actually viral meningoencephalitis that caused Mary's blindness, based on evidence from first-hand accounts and newspaper reports of Mary's illness as well as relevant school registries and epidemiologic data on blindness and infectious diseases.[2][3][4] Between 1881 and 1889, Mary attended the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, Iowa.

The historical record is silent as to why Mary did not attend school during one year in that period, but she did finish the seven-year course of study in 1889 and graduated. She then returned home to De Smet, South Dakota, and lived with her parents until their deaths. Mary contributed to the family income by making fly nets for horses. After her parents' death, she lived with her sister, Grace, and later her other sister, Carrie. She never married. She died on October 20, 1928 at the age of 63, as a result of pneumonia and complications from a stroke. She is buried at De Smet Cemetery.

In popular culture

Ingalls was portrayed in the television series Little House on the Prairie by actress Melissa Sue Anderson. Unlike her real-life counterpart, the television Mary became a teacher in a school for the blind and married a blind fellow teacher, Adam Kendall, who was portrayed by Linwood Boomer.


Siblings


Offspring of Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Lake Quiner (1839-1924)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Amelia Ingalls (1865-1928) 10 January 1865 Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States 17 October 1928 Keystone, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls (1867-1957) 7 February 1867 Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States 10 February 1957 Wright County, Missouri, United States Almanzo Wilder (1857-1949)

Caroline Celestia Ingalls (1870-1946) 3 August 1870 Montgomery County, Kansas, United States 2 June 1946 Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States David Nevin Swanzey (1854-1938)

Charles Frederick Ingalls (1875-1876) 11 November 1875 Walnut Grove, Redwood County, Minnesota, United States 27 August 1876 South Troy, Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States
Grace Pearl Ingalls (1877-1941) 23 May 1877 Burr Oak, Winneshiek County, Kansas, United States 10 November 1941 Manchester, Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States Nathan William Dow (1859-1944)


References

  1. ^ Benge, Janet and Geoff (2005). Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life. YWAM Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 1-932096-32-9. 
  2. ^ (2013) "Blindness in Walnut Grove: How Did Mary Ingalls Lose Her Sight?". Pediatrics peds.2012-1438. 
  3. ^ Dell'Antonia, KJ (February 4, 2013). "Scarlet Fever Probably Didn't Blind Mary Ingalls". The New York Times. http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/scarlet-fever-probably-didnt-blind-mary-ingalls/. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Serena, Gordon (February 4, 2013). "Mistaken Infection 'On The Prairie'?". U.S. News and World Report. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/02/04/mistaken-infection-on-the-prairie. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 




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