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 Caroline Celestia “Carrie” <I>Ingalls</I> Swanzey

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Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls Swanzey

  • Birth 3 Aug 1870 Montgomery County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 2 Jun 1946 Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA
  • Burial De Smet, Kingsbury County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 3953

Folk and literary figure. Born in Montgomery County, Kansas. the third child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls, she was known throughout her life as Carrie. After finishing school, she became a typesetter for the De Smet News, then The Keystone Recorder and The Hill City Star. Like her father, she was afflicted with a wanderlust that led her to visit Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri before settling briefly in Boulder, Colorado. Though unusual for a single woman, she then filed on a homestead claim in Top Bar, South Dakota. She met and married mine owner David N. Swanzey, a widower with two children in 1912. Her husband was one of the committee that recommended Mount Rushmore to sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, her stepson would be one of the many excavators on the project. She was an enthusiastic supporter of her sister, Laura's efforts to write her ‘Little House' series of books, and helped by sharing memories of their childhood. She died suddenly in Pennington County, South Dakota at the age of 75, and was interred in the family plot in De Smet.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 10 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3953
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls Swanzey (3 Aug 1870–2 Jun 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3953, citing De Smet Cemetery, De Smet, Kingsbury County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .