Little Town On The Prairie (Little House) : The long hard winter was finally over. The people of De Smet came outdoors and began to live again. They held church socials, dances, and "literaries." In the summer, Laura worked long hours at a grueling job - making shirts. She wanted the money to help send Mary to a college for the blind. Suddenly, Laura was a young lady. And who but the dashing Almanzo Wilder escorted her home in the evenings.