On the Way Home

On the Way Home

The Diary of A Trip From South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894

Book - 1994
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Describes the sights and events a frontier family encounters travelling from South Dakota to the Ozarks. In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. They heard that the soil there was rich and the crops were bountiful -- it was even called "the Land of the Big Red Apple." With hopes of beginning a new life, the Wilders made their way to the Ozarks of Missouri. During their journey, Laura kept a detailed diary of events: the cities they passed through, the travelers they encountered on the way, the changing countryside and the trials of an often difficult voyage. Laura's words, preserved in this book, reveal her inner thoughts as she traveled with her family in search of a new home in Mansfield, where Rose would spend her childhood, where Laura would write her Little House books, and where she and Almanzo would remain all the rest of their happy days together.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [1994], c1962
ISBN: 9780064400800
Characteristics: 120 p. ill. ; 21 cm

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation. ”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds would make it flicker because it would not give up.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.”

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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”

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“There's no great loss without some small gain.”

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“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

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“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

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Feb 20, 2018

A travel log of the Wilder trip to DeSmet in 1894 which was later published by RWL. The bleakness of the Wilder’s situation and life during a prolonged great plains drought that is largely forgotten comes through.
However, the little book’s factual verasity must always be questioned as it is a RWL publication. No better way to put it, she was a mess. Historical accuracy was always secondary to fiction. For an excellent example of her personality read the caption to photo of her facing page one (no surprise) where she has perfect memory of what occured when she was two. As to the debunked debate over LIW authorship of the series, this book is a good example to show how RWL would have destroyed the series if her mother had accepted her daughter’s advise on everything. Fortunately Laura was able to grow as a writer and put her daughter’s role on the shelf.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

luv it!!!!!!!!!!!

May 31, 2010

This book is a trip diary written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, sandwiched between two story chapters written by Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is a Sunday drive of a book that pleasantly but somewhat monotonously updates us on the Little House family.

Going by this book alone, it is a big stretch to believe that Laura wrote the Little House books and no stretch at all to believe they were actually the work of her daughter, Rose.


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

It contains detailed description, day by day, of the trip, with a commentary by her daughter Rose


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