Was not scarlet fever, apparently.
The real reason Mary Ingalls went blind
|by Anonymous||reply 72||08/08/2013|
I read all of the "Little House" books as a child. Thank you for clarifying.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/05/2013|
I knew that bitch was a liar.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/05/2013|
They couldn't very well say that it was syphilis, could they? CHILDREN read those books.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/05/2013|
Where is the "BREAKING!" tag on this threat title?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/05/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/05/2013|
If there was ever a need for the BREAKING title, this was it. Way to drop the ball OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/05/2013|
You mean it wasn't from self-abuse?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/05/2013|
Nellie Oleson gave me herpes!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/05/2013|
If the Ingalls family had been riddled with syphilis I doubt they would have withstood the rigors of frontier life very long.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/05/2013|
Where in the article does it say she had syphilis?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/05/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/05/2013|
So Dr Baker couldn't help her?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/05/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/05/2013|
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.....
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/05/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/05/2013|
Too much oxygen.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/05/2013|
At least she didn't have eclampsia!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/05/2013|
Laura Ingalls lived for freaking ever. She died at 90 in 1957.
No syphilis for her!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/05/2013|
What about Helen Keller? She was said to have gone blind as a toddler due to scarlet fever.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/05/2013|
R21, Helen was a ho who used to cruise downtown Tuscumbia, AL at the age of three.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/05/2013|
Laura's husband was rather handsome. Look at those eyes and lips!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/05/2013|
When I clicked on it I thought the article was going to say blindness was caused by being mean.
'Cuz, you know, a lot of people say she was mean.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/05/2013|
She couldn't stop whacking off.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/05/2013|
The real Almanzo was better looking than Dean Butler.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/05/2013|
I need to compare that photo with another Wilder we were talking about on here. Similar facial structure and it appears close to the same nose.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/05/2013|
The real Pa Ingalls would have been hot without that dam beard. What was up with that? The Ingalls were hearty stock. A lot of them lived up into their 90s.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/05/2013|
I swear I read the headline as "The real reason MARTY Ingalls went blind" and thought maybe Mother was right!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/05/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/05/2013|
In what world is meningoencephalitis the same as syphilis?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/05/2013|
Nels! That Ingalls girl told a lie!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/05/2013|
That is the usual case R32.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/05/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/05/2013|
Pa, Pa, stop following me to the outhouse. I told you we're out of lube.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||08/04/2013|
Karen Grassle beat Blythe Danner for the role of Caroline Ingalls in the final audition.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||08/04/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 37||08/04/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||08/04/2013|
I told Melissa Sue if she didn't stop it, she'd go blind.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||08/04/2013|
Katherine MacGregor WAS the show. That woman was fabulous.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||08/04/2013|
I heard that she got it from a toilet seat!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||08/04/2013|
Marty Ingalls is blind? Shirley Jones must be devastated.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||08/04/2013|
So, maybe now someone can explain why paw had all that hair on his palms?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||08/04/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||08/04/2013|
Laura also had lots of "help" from Rose in writing all the LH books.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||08/04/2013|
Pa bought her an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||08/04/2013|
Scarlet fever is A LOT more palatable than syphilis. So Mary's blind husband gave her syphilis, huh?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||08/04/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||08/04/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||08/04/2013|
Rose was the only grandchild of Ma and Pa Ingalls? Didn't Ma and Pa have four or five kids?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||08/04/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||08/04/2013|
Almanzo Wilder had big dick face. And those lips!!
|by Anonymous||reply 52||08/04/2013|
"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.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||08/04/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||08/04/2013|
Wow. It's unusual for a family who had 4 living children to die out in two generations. So much for Pa's self-reliance. It didn't get his DNA replicated into the gene pool for future generations.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||08/04/2013|
Best scene EVER was when Alice Garvey banged the baby against the window. Classic tv.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||08/04/2013|
Was Melissa Sue really such a bitch? I just can't see it.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||08/04/2013|
r56 That scene is right up there with the pirot clown rape
|by Anonymous||reply 58||08/04/2013|
And I bet her Pa didn't even die of "liver cancer."
|by Anonymous||reply 59||08/04/2013|
Rose Wilder Lane did have a son, but he died shortly after birth.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||08/05/2013|
Pa was selfish, always moving them further away from civilisation. If he'd stayed in Wisconsin maybe more of them would have survived and thrived instead of burning out in two generations.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||08/05/2013|
I read the title as MARTY Ingalls, and felt so sorry for him and Shirley.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||08/05/2013|
I heard that Mary had a very bad flatulence problem. That's probably why they shipped her off to the blind school in Iowa.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||08/05/2013|
Why did that beyotch get Radames fired?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||08/05/2013|
Pa was probably Bipolar. If you read the books, there's a lot of craziness right under the surface.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||08/05/2013|
Ma seemed like a real cunty bitch in the books.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||08/05/2013|
I feel bad for blind people, it must be so hard for them to masturbate!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||08/05/2013|
I gotta go the outhouse Pa
|by Anonymous||reply 68||08/05/2013|
Does anyone thing Pa had the hots for Laura? They were extraordinarily close.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||08/06/2013|
Well, Laura WAS the hottest one by far.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||08/06/2013|
Laura was a cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||08/08/2013|