In a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867 Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born. Her parents were Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Quiner Ingalls. They possessed a pioneering spirit that urged them ever westward toward lands of promise and hope.
Laura excelled as a teacher, cook, journalist, farmer, activist and a staunch democrat and lastly an internationally acclaimed author.
Laura wrote about the travels of a pioneer girl, but most importantly she made the journey herself. Laura's vivid childhood memories paint an accurate picture of life from the 1870s -1890s. Laura truly lived a pioneer life, and through her writings of the Little House books we are better able to understand the lives of common people of her generation, particularly during the time of westward expansion in America.