Monday, December 30, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 30

December 30, 1879 – On this date, Charles P. Ingalls of Redwood County, Minn., (yes, that Charles Ingalls) “deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register [No. 7410] of the Land Office in New Ulm, Minnesota, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Charles P. Ingalls according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled ‘An Act making further provision for the sale of the public land.’”1
For his entire life Ingalls had a strong case of wanderlust. He is quoted by [his daughter] Laura in her Little House series of books as saying: ‘My wandering foot gets to itching’. He loved travelling and didn't like living among big crowds of people, so with his family in the early years of his marriage, he traveled a great deal and often changed homes. From their original home in the woods of Wisconsin, he moved his family to Indian Territory in southeastern Kansas, then back to Wisconsin, then to southern Minnesota, then for a year to Burr Oak, Iowa, then back to Minnesota. Presented with a job opportunity in Dakota Territory, he longed to move yet again, as the family was struggling in Minnesota. Caroline agreed, but extracted a promise from her husband that this would be their last move.2


 Charles and Caroline Ingalls

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