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Some little known facts
Published on October 16, 2007 By Trudygolightly In Misc

Burr Oak,  a town that was too large,  to busy for the likes of Laura Ingalls and Laura Ingalls was much like her father.

Laura Ingalls didn't write about the year spent in Burr Oak,  because it wasn't a positive time for her.  That year has been referred to as the "missing link".  After Burr Oak,  the Ingalls returned to Walnut Grove and then moved on to De Smet,  S.D.

The 1856 Hotel where Laura lived for that year now has 8000 visitors a year,  there they can view many of her posessions.  A calling card,  a quilt piece she stitched,  her sewing kit,   glasses and a suit worn by her teacher and many items like those mentioned in her boooks.  That includes wooden butter molds,  twists of slough grass used for heating and a three-footed "spider" kettle.

There's also a copy of her unpublished autobiography "Pioneer Girl" which mentions Burr Oak.  There's a photo too of Mrs. Eunice Hall Starr,  a doctor's wife that tried to adopt Laura so that Laura would have a better life.

Laura was offered music lessons,  an education, land,  clothing,  everything a girl could want,  however Mrs. Ingalls turned down the offer of having her girl adopted.    Laura stated that for the rest of her life she was bothered by the fact that someone wanted to take her away from her family.

 


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on Oct 17, 2007
I know the series was sugar coated, but I cant see how her life was so bad given the books that she herself wrote.  I guess someone trying to take her away from the family that loved her would be somewhat traumatic.
on Oct 17, 2007
I didn't know about Burr Oak. This past spring on our way from ND to Maryland we took the Laura Ingalls route. We hit De Smet, Walnut Grove, and we were thinking of hitting her place in Missouri too, but we were travel weary and my brain was full of too much Laura in too short of a time. It was wonderful though. I would give anything (within reason) to have a taste of life back then. I know it was tough, but it was also pure. I love that purity.

Thanks for sharing, Trudy!
on Oct 17, 2007

I know it was tough, but it was also pure. I love that purity.

Exactly,  their life was really harsh and yes,  pure. 

Many people take that route,  yet don't know about their brief stay in Oak Burr. 

Thank you for stopping in Angela

on Oct 17, 2007

Reply By: Dr GuyPosted: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I know the series was sugar coated, but I cant see how her life was so bad given the books that she herself wrote

OH for sure the series was sugar coated!   however their life was really hard,  the life of a pioneer meant coping with things like grasshopper invasion in Walnut Grove.  I read her books "back when" when I was in grade school,  however to read them would bring home how very tough it was.

Just preparing food for a family for one day was a big event!  I've seen that show on PBS about living the pioneer life,  and everything we take for granted was hard to come by,  fresh water,  food from crops,  droughts that ruin crops,  along with pest invasion,  washing clothes,  health...I think the list would be endless.

It must have scary knowing someone wanted to take her away from her mom and dad. 

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