From the series: HOMESTEAD FINAL CERTIFICATES, 1880 - 1907. Records of the Bureau of Land Management
Dated September 12, 1884, this is the homestead proof of Almanzo James Wilder, husband of "Little House" author Laura Ingalls Wilder (1 year before they were married in 1885). His claim for land in De Smet, Dakota territory, notes a 12’ x 12’ frame house with two doors, one window, and a cellar, a two stables.
(Coincidentally, television’s Laura Ingalls Wilder, Melissa Gilbert, will be discussing her new cookbook, My Prairie Cookbook at the National Archives tomorrow, September 13!)