A real-life "Little House" girlhood in Waupaca County.

A girl pioneer in the Wisconsin wilderness.

Laura Ingalls Wilder made pioneer childhoods famous with her "Little House" novels. This 5-page memoir by Angela Haste Favell is the true story of a girl in the Wisconsin wilderness. She was 5 when her family came by covered wagon from Illinois to Waupaca County in 1856. She describes their clothes, games, foods, holidays, school activities, and daily life as they created their first homestead. She also recounts what home life was like during the Civil War when all the men and older boys went away, and their fear during the Sioux uprising of 1862. If you like the "Little House" stories, take a few minutes to read this recollection of an actual girlhood in the big woods.

Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
19th-Century Immigration
Creator: Favell, Angela Haste
Pub Data: Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 7, 1932.
Citation: Favell, Angela Haste. "A Girl Pioneer in the Wisconsin Wilderness." Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 7, 1932. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=954; Visited on: 7/5/2022