There were so many ways of seeing things and so many ways of saying them. - Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Shores of Silver Lake Left to right: Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls, Mary Ingalls, Laura Ingalls, late 1870s
Caroline Ingalls, Laura's mother. At sixteen, she started as a teacher, but married Charles Ingalls in February of 1860 ending her career. She followed her husband through numerous moves and before she extracted a promise from her husband that their next move would be their last. The family settled in Dakota Territory on Silver Lake outside what would be the town De Smet, SD.