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Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, June 06, 1901 | Page 7

Wednesday was the anniversary of the marriage of Mr. William Ihrig to Helene Mueller. The marriage took place in Beerfelden, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany. Mr and Mrs. Ihrig came to America about fifteen years ago, locating in Ohio thence removing to Milwaukee and finally to Eagle, their present home, where Mr. Ihrig conducts a shoe store and repair shop. Mr and Mrs. Ihrig have a family of four boys and two girls. We wish them any more such happy wedding anniversaries.


Source: The History of Jefferson County, Wisconsin", published: Chicago: Western Historical Company. 1879.

Henry Imig, farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Oakland; born in Prussia in October, 1842; son of Philip and Christina, who came to Wisconsin in July, 1843, and located in Waukesha Co., on sixty-seven acres; he lived with them till 1854; then engaged in a general store in Waukesha; enlisted Aug. 15, 1862, in Co. B, 28th W.V.I., and was mustered out Aug. 21, 1865, at Madison; returned to Waukesha; lived there a year and eight months; then removed to Jefferson Township, Jefferson Co., and bought 100 acres of land, partially improved, which he has, by his industry, much improved. Married, in April, 1868, Louisa Miller, of Sumner; had three children - Amelia, Charlie and William. Republican.


In Brookfield, Wisconsin, Caroline Lake Quiner was born to Henry and Charlotte Quiner on December 12, 1839. When she was just seven years old, her father died, and it is during this period where the new Little House series The Early Years takes place with the first book Little House in Brookfield. Three years after Henry died, Caroline's mother remarried to Frederick Holbrook.

Caroline taught two terms of school when she was only sixteen years old, until she married on February 1, 1860, to Charles Phillip Ingalls in Concord, Wisconsin.

They had five children, Mary, Laura, Carrie, Charles Frederick, and Grace.

Ma was always kind and gentle, and always full of wisdom for her daughters to follow. It was Ma who insisted that Pa stay somewhere where the girls could attend school. They travelled a great deal before finally settling in De Smet, South Dakota. When her husband died, she continued to live in De Smet with her eldest daughter Mary.

Obituary for Caroline Quiner Ingalls
Source: From the De Smet News

Mrs. C.P. Ingalls, Pioneer of County, Dies at 84
Kingsbury County lost one of its pioneer women in the death of Mrs. C.P. Ingalls at her home here Sunday. She and her husband came to this locality in 1879 and
lived in a claim shanty on the north shore of Silver Lake before there was a De Smet.

The death was unexpected and followed an illness of but a short time, altho [sic] Mrs. Ingalls has been feeble all winter.

Caroline Quiner was born December 12, 1839, at Milwaukee, Wis., and died at five o'clock p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924, at the age of 84.

She was married to Charles Ingalls of Milwaukee Feb. 1, 1860, whose death occurred June 8, 1902.

Five children were born to this union. Mary Ingalls of De Smet; Laura Wilder of Mansfield, Mo; Caroline Swanzey of Keystone, S.D.; Frederick Ingalls, who died
in infancy, and Grace Dow of De Smet.

The family moved to De Smet in 1879 where they have since resided. In 1880 Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls helped organize the Congregational Church at De Smet and were faithful members of the organization to the end of their lives. Mrs. Ingalls was also an early member of the Eastern Star chapter of De Smet.

Besides the four daughters the deceased is survived by three sisters, and one granddaughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Mrs. Ingalls was a good mother, a good neighbor, and a good friend. The last few years she has been unable to get around to see people very much or to attend church. but her interest has been with her neighbors, friends, and church. It was a pleasure to go and visit her as she was always interested, bright and happy.