I read all of the "Little House" books as a child. Thank you for clarifying.
I knew that bitch was a liar.
They couldn't very well say that it was syphilis, could they? CHILDREN read those books.
Where is the "BREAKING!" tag on this threat title?
Most people had syphillis in the pioneer days. I am not being insulting, and it is not a moral judgment. It's just a fact.
Sailors brought in it and carried it to both coasts. Since brothels were commonplace, men would give it to their unsuspecting wives. This is one reason why so many children died before the age of five.
If there was ever a need for the BREAKING title, this was it. Way to drop the ball OP.
You mean it wasn't from self-abuse?
Yeah the same way most AIDS infected 'mos got it from toilet seats.
Nellie Oleson gave me herpes!
If the Ingalls family had been riddled with syphilis I doubt they would have withstood the rigors of frontier life very long.
Where in the article does it say she had syphilis?
I'd heard that the real reason was that Melissa Gilbert's mother swung the shitbra once on the set and hit the wrong kid.
So Dr Baker couldn't help her?
How very interesting.
I recall seeing a "Who Do You Think You Are" or some other Celeb Geneology show wherein the celebrity found out his ancestors lost several children and a few others went blind. he was told that more than likely they all had Syphillis. It was just soooo common back then and it could be carried from the Mom to the kids.
Um... but did y'all read this,
[quote]"I was in my pediatrics rotation. We were talking about scarlet fever, and I said, 'Oh, scarlet fever makes you go blind. Mary Ingalls went blind from it,'" recalls Tarini, who is now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. My supervisor said, "I don't think so."
This person was in medical postion/school and they cited A child's fiction [italic]as a source of medical knowledge. [/italic]
This is what is wrong with our fucking country.
Having tackled this LHOP mystery, researchers are free to address another Mary related incident. I refer of course to TV Mary allowing Mrs. Garvey to use her baby as a battering ram during a fire.....
I grew up on a farm and read all the Little House books because I related to them.
A few years ago I read her West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915, really enjoying it. I also read a collection of her newspaper pieces published in rural SW Missouri.
Too much oxygen.
At least she didn't have eclampsia!
Laura Ingalls lived for freaking ever. She died at 90 in 1957.
No syphilis for her!
What about Helen Keller? She was said to have gone blind as a toddler due to scarlet fever.
R21, Helen was a ho who used to cruise downtown Tuscumbia, AL at the age of three.
Laura's husband was rather handsome. Look at those eyes and lips!
I swear I read the headline as "The real reason MARTY Ingalls went blind" and thought maybe Mother was right!
I read book this summer ("The Wilder Life") and the Laura Ingalls books are the motivation for repugs/Sarah Palin types. Laura was very anti-government (against the New Deal and social programs of any kind) and falsely claimed in her books that the government never helped her family when the author provides numerous examples of where they did receive help. Her daughter, Rose Wilder, went on to found the Libertarian party.
Anyway, I'm not surprised that the scarlet fever/blindness story is bullshit because there were numerous examples where Rose changed things to make them sound more interesting or just changed the overall chain of events.
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In what world is meningoencephalitis the same as syphilis?
Pa, Pa, stop following me to the outhouse. I told you we're out of lube.
Karen Grassle beat Blythe Danner for the role of Caroline Ingalls in the final audition.
Michael Landon didn't wear underwear. His bulge can plainly be seen in a few episodes. I can see why he had all those kids. The missus must have been begging for that bacon.
I told Melissa Sue if she didn't stop it, she'd go blind.
Katherine MacGregor WAS the show. That woman was fabulous.
I heard that she got it from a toilet seat!
Marty Ingalls is blind? Shirley Jones must be devastated.
So, maybe now someone can explain why paw had all that hair on his palms?
I read the Little House books as a child. Pa would move the family further West, whenever there was a sound of another man's hammer and nails. He probably instilled in his daughters the values of self-reliance and a real fear of government encroachment or regulations.
With 2 very healthy parents and just 3 kids, it was possible to survive in those days by hunting and farming, baring any real tragedy. Likewise schooling beyond reading and writing and basic math wasn't really all that necessary for their limited lifestyle. Use of a gun was crucial.
I'm not surprised Laura's daughter advocated an anti-governmental stance. Today most live in a totally different world, very unlike the norms of struggling to survive on a small family farm.
Why would the same limited education and governmental involvement be acceptable?
Laura also had lots of "help" from Rose in writing all the LH books.
Pa bought her an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.
Scarlet fever is A LOT more palatable than syphilis. So Mary's blind husband gave her syphilis, huh?
No, R47. She met her blind husband at the blind school after the syphilis blinded her.
I think Pa infected Ma and Ma passed it on when she birthed Mary.
R47, Mary had poor vision as a child and slowly became blind. Ma told her younger sister, Laura, that she would have to be "the eyes" for Mary. Interesting that none of the other girls were apparently affected by syphilis.
Rose was the only grandchild, and she did not reproduce.
Rose was the only grandchild of Ma and Pa Ingalls? Didn't Ma and Pa have four or five kids?
R50, Pa and Ma had 4 daughters, one granddaughter and no great-grandchildren. One of the other daughters married a widower with 2 kids, but I don't think that that counts.
Almanzo Wilder had big dick face. And those lips!!
"In what world is meningoencephalitis the same as syphilis?"
Meningoencephalitis is not synonymous with syphilis. Ticks can cause it. The West Nile virus can cause it. Mumps can cause it, although with mumps it's usually a mild case.
By the way, Mary Ingalls never married. So there was no husband and no baby burned alive in a fire.
I am really impressed by two things on this thread:
1. R14 posted exactly the same thought I had in my head, almost verbatim.
2. Several posters have spelled Oleson correctly.
It always bothered me that it was summertime all the time in Walnut Grove...rarely did they have any cold weather unless it was a very special Christmas episode, and even then snow was really rare. Apparently some of the set structures are still there on location. I read somewhere that Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman also shot at that same set.