Individual Author Record
Name: Stephanie Ann VavraPen Name: None Genre: History Non-Fiction Born: 1946 in Des Moines, IA Sites:
Illinois ConnectionIn 1969 I began my career as an elementary school teacher in Prophetstown, IL; I retired in 2002. I studied for my Master's Degree at the Quad-City Graduate Center, in Rock Island, and on the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb, until graduation in 1974. I lived 25 years in Prophetstown and moved to Morrison in 1994. I am a reenactor of the 1860's at Girl Scout events and Heritage Canyon in Fulton, portraying the school teacher; I held "Pioneer Day Camp" there in the past.
Biographical and Professional InformationI own and publish a dynamic and successful internet newspaper: "thecity1.com" Morrison Online. In 2011, I edited and published an 80-page commemorative book to highlight the history of General Electric in Morrison: General Electric Appliance Control Department, A Legacy Beyond 61 Years, June 1949 to September 2010.
- Who Really Saved Laura Ingalls: Soldat du Chene or a soldat du chien?, Quill Works, 2001
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Who Really Saved Laura Ingalls: Soldat du Chene or a Soldat du Chien?
ISBN: 0971278504 Quill Works. 2001 Was the frontier family of Charles Ingalls saved by a "tree" or a "dog?" Is it possible that children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder misnamed one of her most memorable Little House on the Prairie characters? She described the noble, Osage Indian chief who persuaded his people to avoid a confrontation with settlers on Indian land in 1871. The early, imprecise blending of cultures and languages on the Kansas prairie combined to create a linguistic misnomer.
This book offers dramatic supporting material about the role and significance of protective "dog soldiers" to the Plains Indian warrior society. It includes two quotations from a speech Mrs. Wilder gave in 1937 pertaining to the writing of Little House on the Prairie. The book should appeal to older students, adult fans of the series, and those interested in historical information about Plains Indians.