Posted on January 10, 2017
How do you rate a Wikipedia page if you are just "an American farmer and carpenter"?
Born on this date in 1836, Charles Ingalls would not have been widely known, more than a century after his birth, let alone have his own Wikipedia article, if it weren't for his daughter.
|Laura Ingalls Wilder|
Okay, great, Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books are big -- but I bet that lots of popular authors have parents who don't get their own Wikipedia page...right?
You see, Charles Ingalls wasn't just Laura's dad, he was Pa. And both Pa and Ma feature heavily in the semi-biographical Little House books and TV shows.
|Charles Ingalls, in all his|
|Pa and his fiddle was a main character in all the books.|
|Richard Thomas as a|
substantially less hairy
|Michael Landon's unbearded version|
of Pa is the one most of us consider
THE Pa of the Little House books.
The Little House books were fiction, were meant for kids and were therefore a bit tamed down from real life -- but they map onto the true lives of the Ingalls family pretty well, and because of them we know a restless pioneer who did carpentry and farming far better than most of the pioneers of his time.
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