Grace Ingalls

Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow (/ˈɪŋɡəlz ˈd/; May 23, 1877 in Burr Oak, Iowa – November 10, 1941 in Manchester, South Dakota) was the fifth and last child of Caroline and Charles Ingalls. She was the youngest sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, known for her Little House on the Prairie books.

Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow
Grace Ingalls
Born(1877-05-23)May 23, 1877
DiedNovember 10, 1941(1941-11-10) (aged 64)
Resting placeDe Smet Cemetery
Nathan William Dow
(m. 1901)


Following public school, Grace Ingalls studied to become a schoolteacher. After completing her training, she taught in the nearby town of Manchester, South Dakota, seven miles west of De Smet, South Dakota, where her family had settled. On October 16, 1901, she married Nathan William Dow in the parlor of her parents' home in De Smet. Besides being a farm wife, Dow dabbled in journalism like her older sister Carrie, acting as a stringer for several local newspapers later in her life. After her parents' deaths, she and Carrie took care of their eldest sister Mary, who was blind.[1][2]

Surveyors' House, first home in Dakota Territory of the Charles Ingalls family
De Smet School, first school in De Smet and attended by Grace Ingalls as well as her older sisters Carrie and Laura

Dow died of complications from diabetes in Manchester, South Dakota on November 10, 1941 at age 64.[3] Diabetes ran in the Ingalls family and Laura, Carrie, and Grace all died from the complications of the disease, Dow being the first Ingalls sibling to succumb. She is buried near the Ingalls family plot at De Smet Cemetery in De Smet, South Dakota; her husband is buried next to her. The couple had no children.

In the mediaEdit

Dow was portrayed in the television adaptations of Little House on the Prairie by:


  1. ^ "Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder."
  2. ^ Benge, Janet and Geoff (2005). Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life. YWAM Publishing. ISBN 1-932096-32-9.
  3. ^ "Pioneer Kingsbury Resident Succumbs". The Daily Argus-Leader. November 15, 1941.
  4. ^ Koskan, Danie (September 4, 2009). "Actors fondly remember 'Little House on the Prairie'". Rapid City Journal.

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