Cap's father, Walter Bell Garland had been
born in the tiny town of Port Ballantrie, near Balleymoney in Co. Antrim,
Northern Ireland in 1832, to William and Margaret Garland.
When Walter was 1, the small family immagrated to the USA, and arrived at Baltimore on July 1st, 1833.
Before the summer of 1850, when Walter was 18, his mother died, and his father, William, was re-married, to a "Sarah".
From there, the family moved to Wisconsin and Walter married Margaret Francis Petit.
When Cap was 10, Walter became ill, most likely
with consumption, and died on September, 29th 1874, leaving behind not
only his father, but his 3 children and widow.
So, Margaret was left without her husband, without money, and with land to keep.
Margaret's father-in-law, William Garland dies in 1877 and left money to Walter's children, Vena, Florence and of course, Cap.
Within a year or so of his death, Margaret and her children, and Walter's brother, John, and his family packed up and left. They spent the winter of 1879/1880 in Eastern Minnesota - at the end of the railroad - and Margaret sold her Wisconsin land while living there. Then, when the weather got a little warmer, they moved on west to De Smet, South Dakota. Margaret's brother-in-law, John, kept going and became the first mayor of Aberdeen, South Dakota - a little farther north and west - but Margaret stayed in De Smet, and had a boarding house built at the corner of Joliet Avenue and Second Street, opposite the Ingalls store building; and Cap started at the local town school.
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