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Ida Wright Brown, Laura's school friend from DeSmet, who along with her beau Elmer McConnell, attended Laura and Almanzo's marriage ceremony officiated by Rev. Brown, Ida's adopted father. Later the same year, Ida and Elmer married. Ida died before Laura began writing the Little House books.

Ida Wright Brown, Laura's school friend from DeSmet, who along with her beau…

Young Stella Gilbert Sasser, one of three girls that were Laura's real life inspiration for Nellie Oleson (Stella=These Happy Golden Years)

Young Stella Gilbert Sasser, one of three girls who were Laura's real life inspiration for Nellie Oleson (Stella=These Happy Golden Years)

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?

A perfect companion to the Little house series Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder? by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Nellie Oleson - Bing Images

The "real" Nellie Oleson - Bing Images

Mary Power (left), Laura Ingalls Wilder's best friend, lived across the street from her in DeSmet. They attended school together and she is described as one of Laura's closest childhood friends. They lost touch after Laura's marriage.

Mary Power (left), Laura Ingalls Wilder's friend, lived across the street from her in DeSmet. They attended school together and she is described as one of Laura's closest childhood friends. They lost touch after Laura's marriage.

Here is a picture of nine year old Almanzo with his sister, Alice.

Almanzo and Alice Wilder - Almanzo would go on to marry Laura Elizabeth Ingalls

Cap Garland  who rove thru the blizzard with Almanzo to get wheat for the starving town in The Long Winter.

Cap Garland who rove thru the blizzard with Almanzo to get wheat for the starving town in The Long Winter.

Reverend Edwin H. Alden, born in Windsor, Vermont, on January 14, 1836, was the minister of the Congregational Church in Walnut Grove in On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Reverend Edwin H. Alden, born in Windsor, Vermont, on January was the minister of the Congregational Church in Walnut Grove in On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Mary Ingalls was educated at the Iowa College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa from November 23, 1881 to June 12, 1889 after which she returned to live with Ma and Pa in De Smet.

Mary Ingalls was educated at the Iowa College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa from November 1881 to June 1889 after which she returned to live with Ma and Pa in De Smet.

Elmer E. McConnell was the beau and eventual husband of Laura's friend Ida Wright Brown.  Elmer and Ida married in 1885, the same year Laura married Almanzo Wilder.  The McConnells eventually settled in Sacramento, CA.  They had five children, including a daughter named Laura.

McConnell was the beau and eventual husband of Laura's friend Ida…

Laura and Mary

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Laura and Mary around the time of These Happy Golden Years by bsasserdaughtridge, - created with BeFunky Photo Editor and Collage Maker

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