It’s a very sad story. Albert Ingalls (Laura’s adoptive brother) is diagnosed with leukemia. The story, though sad and heartbreaking, is still a story of hope and life. Charles and his family moved away from Walnut Grove at the time.
In the 1983 TV movie, Albert is diagnosed with leukemia after suffering from severe nosebleeds and exhaustion. He decides to spend the last months of his life in Walnut Grove, where he is believed to die on camera – contrary to the events of season 9.
Apparently Albert, who was around 18 or 19 at the time, was riding his bike home one evening and was hit by a car and killed.
In the end, it is never explained whether Albert died of his terminal illness or miraculously survived because at the end of “Home Again” Laura’s voiceover reveals that Albert was 20 years ago later returned to Walnut Grove as town doctor.
He died shortly after birth, not gaining weight but eating a lot. He had a low red blood cell count. Laura later blamed herself for his death by not praying for his health. Charles Frederick was the only natural born male child Charles and Caroline ever had.
Although Labyorteaux landed a role on the 1983 adventure series Whiz Kids, he would have taken the time to stay with Little House due to the family environment on set. After nearly 10 years on the air, the historical drama reached a point where it was time to end the series.
Episode 312: Little Girl Lost.
Mary and Adam married and taught at the school. They survived the school burning down, their baby dying in the fire and finally Adam regaining his sight and becoming a lawyer before being removed from the series.
Since the story was originally autobiographical in nature, you can be sure that the setting and characters are very true to reality. However, there were some changes that needed to be made to appeal to a younger audience. Consequently, the books do not provide the whole picture.
Mary Ingalls went blind in 1879 at the age of 14. Between 1840 and 1883, scarlet fever, caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, was one of the leading contagious causes of death in children in the United States.
She was taken to the hospital by Lane, who had arrived for Thanksgiving. She was able to return home the day after Christmas. However, her health deteriorated after her discharge from the hospital, and she died at home in her sleep on February 10, 1957, three days after her 90th birthday.
No one knows for sure what caused the deaths of these children, but it probably wasn’t hereditary. Freddy seems to have died of a sudden childhood illness, since he lived nine months and was apparently healthy until shortly before his death.
Very little is mentioned of Laura’s only brother, Charles Frederick Ingalls, who died at the age of almost 10 months on August 27, 1876. He lived between Laura’s books On the Banks of Plum Creek and By the Shores of Silver Lake.
Diabetes ran in the Ingalls family and Laura, Carrie and Grace all died from complications of the disease, with Dow being the first Ingalls sibling to die. She is buried near the Ingalls family property in De Smet Cemetery in De Smet, South Dakota. her husband is buried next to her.
To replace him as Michael Landon’s on-screen friend, Olsen joined the cast as Jonathan Garvey. He left the series after four years to star in another Landon-produced show, Father Murphy.
Nellie wasn’t a real person! Instead, she was a composite character created from three girls Laura knew from childhood: Nellie Owens, Genevieve Masters, and Estella Gilbert. Nellie Oleson’s Little House character is one-dimensional: snobbish, selfish, and thoroughly awkward.