Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our Cousin

Laura Ingalls Wilder

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello Williamsons!

I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. During the 1960's Rapid City's Public Library had a book mobile that stopped at the elementary schools to service our reading needs. It was in that bookmobile I discovered the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember seeing them up high on that shelve, nearly out of reach.

I remember their names and the simple artwork that graced each cover. I checked them out one by one. I read each one, and over time began to feel as if I was part of the Ingalls family.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was the creator of the much-loved children's series of "Little House" books that recounted her life as a young girl on the Western frontier during the late 1800s.

By the Shores of Silver Lake was one of my favorites. Laura Ingalls Wilder captured in writing the life and spirit of America's great prairies and the qualities of the people who settled them.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was our 9th cousin 2 times removed through the Morris line, then to the Harrisons (you can follow the line on the family tree - top of the right side bar of the blog). Our 10th Great Grandfather was her 8th.

Perhaps its time to once again rediscover the works of our cousin for ourselves and for our children. And if possible, try to find them in your neighborhood bookmobile - for old times sake :)


"All those golden autumn days the sky was full of wings. Wings
beating low over the blue water of Silver Lake, wings beating high
in the blue air far above it. Wings of geese, of brant, of ducks
and pelicans and cranes and heron and swans and gulls,
bearing them all away to green fields in the South"

Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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