Missouri Ruralist

Between 1911 and 1924, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote regular articles for the Missouri Ruralist newspaper.  In these articles, she offered advice on a wide range of topics: from politics to family values and even household management.  The following list of articles was collated during an academic research mission to the University of Missouri funded by a travel grant from the Mawby Family Estate.  As time and resources permit, links to full text articles will be provided, so please check back often.  Please note that Wilder’s Missouri Ruralist articles have fallen into the Public Domain.

1911

  • February 18, 1911:  Favors the Small Farm Home.
  • April 15, 1911:  The People in God’s Out-of-Doors.
  • July 22, 1911:  The Story of Rocky Ridge Farm: How Mother Nature in the Ozarks Rewarded Well Directed Efforts after a Fruitless Struggle on the Plains of the Dakotas. The Blessings of Living Water and a Gentle Climate.

1912

  • June 1, 1912:  My Apple Orchard: How a ‘Tenderfoot’ Knowing Nothing about Orcharding Learned the Business in Missouri: Quail as Insect Destroyers.

1913

  • June 28, 1913:  Shorter Hours for Farm Women: The Woman Who Manages the Farm Home Should Have Every Means of Saving Labor Placed at Her Disposal. Simple Conveniences within Reach of All.

1914

  • February 5, 1914:  Good Times on the Farm: It’s Easy To Have Fun If You Plan For It.
  • April 20, 1914:  A Plain Beauty Talk: Women Can Afford to Spend Time On Their Looks.
  • June 20, 1914:  A Homemaker of the Ozarks: Mrs. Durnell Reclaimed a Farm, Built a House in the Wilderness and Learned the Secret of Contentment.

1915

  • April 5, 1915:  Economy in Egg Production.
  • June 20, 1915:  Making the Best of Things.
  • November 20, 1915:  Magic in Plain Foods: All the World Serves a Woman when She Telephones.
  • December 5, 1915:  And Missouri ‘Showed’ Them: From A to Z: Alfalfa to Zinc – the ‘Show Me State’ Won Honors at ‘Frisco’s Exposition.

1916

  • February 5, 1916:  All in the Day’s Work: Just a Neighborly Visit With Folks at Rocky Ridge Farm.
  • February 20, 1916:  Does It Pay to be Idle? Sometimes Misdirected Energy May Cease to Be a Virtue.
  • March 5, 1916:  Life is an Adventure.
  • March 20, 1916:  Join ‘Don’t Worry’ Club: Conservation of a Woman’s Strength Is True Preparedness.
  • April 5, 1916:  Look for Fairies Now.
  • April 20, 1916:  So We Moved the Spring: How Running Water Was Provided in the Rocky Ridge Farm Home.
  • May 5, 1916:  Folk are ‘Just Folks’.
  • June 5, 1916:  When is a Settler an Old Settler?
  • June 20, 1916:  Facts versus Theories
  • July 20, 1916:  Haying While the Sun Shines
  • August 5, 1916:  Kin-folks or Relations?
  • August 5, 1916:  Showing Dad the Way: Mansfield Has a Boys’ Good Road Club That Works and Plays.
  • August 20, 1916:  A Dog’s a Dog for A’ That.
  • September 5, 1916:  Do Not Waste Your Strength.
  • September 20, 1916:  All the World is Queer.
  • October 5, 1916:  Just a Question of Tact.
  • October 20, 1916:  An Autumn Day.
  • November 5, 1916:  Our Fair and Other Things.
  • November 20, 1916:  Thanksgiving Time.
  • December 5, 1916:  Learning to Work Together.
  • December 20, 1916:  Before Santa Claus Came.

1917

  • January 5, 1917:  What’s In a Word?
  • January 20, 1917:  Giving and Taking Advice.
  • February 5, 1917:  According to Experts.
  • February 20, 1917:  Are You Going Ahead?
  • March 5, 1917:  Getting the Worst of It.
  • April 5, 1917:  Buy Goods Worth the Price.
  • April 20, 1917:  Does Haste Make Waste?
  • May 5, 1917:  Each in His Place.
  • May 20, 1917:  Just Neighbors.
  • June 5, 1917:  Doing Our Best.
  • June 20, 1917:  Chasing Thistledown.
  • July 5, 1917:  Without Representation.
  • July 20, 1917:  And a Woman Did It.
  • July 20, 1917: A Bouquet of Wildflowers.
  • August 5, 1917:  Put Yourself in His Place.
  • August 20, 1917:  The War, the Terrible.
  • September 5, 1917:  Let Us Be Just.
  • September 20, 1917:  To Buy or Not to Buy.
  • October 5, 1917:  Are We Too Busy?
  • October 20, 1917:  Get the Habit of Being Ready.
  • November 5, 1917:  Thoughts are Things.
  • November 20, 1917:  Everyone Can Do Something.
  • December 5, 1917:  If We Only Understood.

1918

  • January 5, 1918:  Make a New Beginning.
  • January 20, 1918:  Santa Claus at the Front.
  • February 5, 1918:  Make Your Dreams Come True.
  • February 20, 1918:  Victory May Depend on You.
  • March 5, 1918:  Keep Journeying On.
  • March 20, 1918:  Make Every Minute Count.
  • March 20, 1918:  Visit ‘Show You’ Farm.
  • April 5, 1918:  What Would You Do?
  • April 20, 1918:  We Must Not be Small Now.
  • May 5, 1918:  What the War Means to Women.
  • May 20, 1918:  How About the Home Front?
  • June 5, 1918:  New Day for Women.
  • June 20, 1918:  Do the Right Thing Always.
  • July 5, 1918:  Are You Helping or Hindering?
  • August 5, 1918:  Swearing is a Foolish Habit.
  • August 20, 1918:  Overcoming Our Difficulties.
  • September 5, 1918:  When Proverbs Get Together.
  • September 20, 1918:  What Days in Which to Live!
  • October 5, 1918:  Your Code of Honor.
  • October 20, 1918:  Early Training Counts Most.
  • November 5, 1918:  Opportunity.
  • December 5, 1918:  San Marino is Small but Mighty.
  • December 20, 1918:  The American Spirit.

1919

From May 1919 to December 1920, Wilder’s articles in the Missouri Ruralist were published as a column entitled, ‘The Farm Home’.  For these articles, the thematic topic is provided in italics.

  • January 5, 1919:  A Few Minutes With a Poet.
  • January 20, 1919:  Let’s Revive the Old Amusements.
  • February 5, 1919:  Mrs. Jones Takes the Rest Cure.
  • February 20, 1919:  Work Makes Life Interesting.
  • March 5, 1919:  Friendship Must be Wooed.
  • March 20, 1919:  Here’s the Farm Loan Plan.
  • March 20, 1919:  Keep the Saving Habit.
  • April 5, 1919:  Who’ll Do the Women’s Work
  • April 20, 1919:  Women’s Duty at the Polls.
  • May 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic: Compulsory school law.
  • May 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  American Federation of Labor.
  • June 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  War debt.
  • June 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic: Alaska.
  • July 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Memory.
  • July 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Fashion.
  • August 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Haying
  • September 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Availability of fuel
  • September 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Reflections on courtesy and manners.
  • October 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Being dependable.
  • October 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Roadway trees.
  • November 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Prices of consumer goods.
  • November 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Happiness and contentment.
  • December 5, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Politics and post war prices.
  • December 20, 1919:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Goodwill at Christmas.

1920

  • January 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Reflections on time and work.
  • January 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Things grow by talking about them.
  • February 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Thinking for oneself.
  • February 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Benzol substitute for gasoline.
  • March 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Planning a home.
  • March 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Work.
  • April 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  US President as business manager.
  • April 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Living a well-balanced and developed life.
  • May 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Aviation and related explorations.
  • June 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic: Invisible forces – Quaker and infidel.
  • July 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Picking wild fruit.
  • July 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Women helping with farm work.
  • August 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic: Arabia.
  • August 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Attitudes towards work.
  • September 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Prague.
  • September 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Prague.
  • October 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Income and expenses.
  • October 20, 1920:  Five Dollar Prize for Women.
  • October 20, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Soul harvest.
  • November 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Housewife reflects on Shakespeare.
  • December 5, 1920:  The Farm Home.  Topic:  Rose Wilder Lane in Europe.

1921

From June 1921 to December 1924, many of Wilder’s articles in the Missouri Ruralist were published as a column entitled, ‘As a Farm Woman Thinks’.  For these articles, the thematic topic is provided in italics.

  • January 5, 1921:  Dear Farm Women.
  • January 5, 1921:  We Visit Paris Now.
  • February 1, 1921:  The Roads Women Travel.
  • February 15, 1921:  We Visit Poland.
  • April 15, 1921:  Women and Real Politics.
  • June 1, 1921:  Pioneering on an Ozark Farm: A Story of Folks Who Searched and Found Health, Prosperity and a Wild Frontier in the Mountains of Our Own State.
  • June 15, 1921 – As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Changing times, unchanging values.
  • July 1, 1921:  From a Farm Woman to You.
  • August 1, 1921:  When Grandma Pioneered.
  • September 1, 1921:  Mother, a Magic Word.
  • September 15, 1921:  A Homey Chat for Mothers: Are You Your Children’s Confidant?
  • November 1, 1921:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Destructive force of anger.
  • November 15, 1921:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Giving thanks.

1922

  • January 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Overeating and Albanian food etiquette.
  • February 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Judgement based conceptions.
  • March 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Helping a neighbor in need.
  • March 15, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Role of a farmer’s wife.
  • April 15, 1922:  As in Days of Old.
  • May 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Origins of a cruel child.
  • June 15, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Rock crushing machine.
  • July 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Good times versus good things.
  • August 1, 1922:  How the Findleys Invest Their Money: These Missouri Parents Figure That Education of Their Boys and Girls Pay Bigger Dividends Than Pretty Clothes and Frivolous Pastimes.
  • August 15, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Family motto.
  • September 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  The value of a promise.
  • October 15, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Perceptions of success.
  • November 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  A fearless heart.
  • November 15, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Thanks for everyday blessings.
  • December 1, 1922:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Opportunities for rural children.

1923

  • January 1, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic: Growing older.
  • January 15, 1923:  Hitching Up for Family Team Work: The Oettings of Wright County, Building on the Sure Foundation of Faith and Industry, Have Made Ozark Farming Pay.
  • April 1, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic: The meaning of home.
  • April 15, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic: Childhood memories of bringing home the cows.
  • May 15, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Importance of small tasks.
  • July 1, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Importance of not denying one’s opinions.
  • August 1, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Early home influences.
  • November 1, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Keeping our land in good condition.
  • November 15, 1923:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Many cultures give thanks.
  • December 1, 1923:  What Makes My County Great – And Why I’m Proud to be a Citizen.

1924

  • January 1, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  New Year’s resolutions.
  • January 15, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Mabel Elliot book and virtues of American home-making.
  • January 15, 1924:  The Fairs That Build Men: Where Citizens of Tomorrow Are Trained.
  • February 1, 1924:  Turkeys Bring $1,000 a Year: Where Secret of Success Is ‘Love Them’.
  • February 1, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Lotus symbolism.
  • March 1, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  American Pie
  • April 1, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Music
  • May 15, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Drought and rain making.
  • June 1, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Memories of mother.
  • June 15, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  National costumes.
  • December 15, 1924:  As a Farm Woman Thinks.  Topic:  Memories of Almanzo driving Laura home from her teaching job at Christmas in De Smet.

1931

  • April 1, 1931:  Spic, Span—and Beauty: How a Home Responds to Springtime Touches.