The word “blizzard” blew into the American vernacular during the winter of 1880 – 1881 when snowstorms of unprecedented number and strength pummeled the nation. On October 15th, the first of a string of seemingly endless blizzards hit the prairies and blew furiously across the northern United States and Canada, […]

The Hard Winter

As Mary and Laura Ingalls enjoyed their earliest adventures together, their little sister, “Baby Carrie”, watched them from Ma’s lap in a quiet obscurity. It wasn’t until Mary’s blindness completely changed the family dynamics that a timid and shy Carrie was drawn out of the background. As Laura’s role suddenly […]