- He was born on January 10, 1836 in Cuba, NY. He lived in Illinois after 1848. He lived in Wisconsin about 1855. He lived in Pepin, WI between 1865 and 1867. He lived in Chariton County, MO after 1868. He lived within the boundaries of the Osage Diminished Reserve in Independence, KS between 1869 and 1870. He lived in Pepin, WI between 1870 and October 1873. He lived on the banks of Plum Creek in Walnut Grove, MN between May 1874 and July 1876. After three consecutive crop failures they decided not to complete the homestead process. Instead they purchased the land in July 1876 from the United States for $413 and resold it immediately for $400 to Abraham Keller. He lived in Burr Oak, IA between 1876 and 1877. He lived as a Hotel Manager for the Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, IA after 1876. He lived in Walnut Grove, MN before 1879. Returned to Walnut Grove to try again. The town had grown. The Winona and St. Peter Railroad ran west through the town toward the Dakotas. The Congregational Church had been organized with the help of Rev. Edwin Alden of the American Home Society. Charles became a trustee in the congregation. Their children received their education in a school house that was built in 1875. The community on the prairie was growing and becoming part of the civilized West. However, the dreams of Charles Ingalls were to carry his family even farther west to DeSmet in Dakota territory. He lived in De Smet, Dakota Territory after 1879. Lived in the Surveyors' House from 1879 to 1880. Lived in the Homestead and in his store on Main Street from 1880 to 1887. Built the house in 1887 and they moved in on December 24, 1887. He was the first to build a dwelling in the locality that would become De Smet on the north shore of Silver Lake; the house which later stood on the rear of the Bank of De Smet lot was the building. In his home were held the first religious services in the town. Sold the Homestead in 1892 and the store in 1893. He died on June 8, 1902 in De Smet, SD. Died of heart trouble. He was buried on June 11, 1902 in De Smet Cemetery, De Smet, SD. He was a carpenter, hunter, trapper, farmer, hotel manager, butcher, Justice of the Peace, and storekeeper as well. He was Congregational. Was prominent in the work of organizing the Congregational Church of De Smet in 1880, in which he was a faithful and consistent member to his death. He was English, French and Scotch. His brother Peter Ingalls married his sister-in-law Eliza Quiner and his sister Polly Ingalls married his brother-in-law Henry Quiner. His fiddle is on display in Mansfield, Missouri.