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GOODALE, Elaine, poet, born in Mount Washington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, 9 October, 1863. Her life has been closely associated with that of her sister, Dora Read, born in Mount Washington, 29 October, 1866. The sisters were brought up on their father's farm. Elaine learned to read very early, and began to make verses almost as soon as she began to write. Her sister also composed verses at the age of six. In a short time both were enthusiastic students, and were educated chiefly by their mother. After a time the children established a monthly paper for the entertainment of the family, Elaine being the editor and copying into it their various compositions. A selection of these appeared in "St. Nicholas" for December, 1877. Elaine became a teacher in the Hampton, Virginia, institute, and editor of the Indian department of the "Southern Workman" in 1883. In 1885 she made a six weeks' tour of observation on the Great Sioux reservation, and recorded her impressions in a series of papers printed in New York and Boston journals. On 1 November, 1886, she was appointed government day-school teacher at White River camp, Lower Brule agency, Dakota. She has published "Journal of a Farmer's Daughter" (New York, 1881), and the joint publications of the two sisters consist of the following collections of their poetry: "Apple Blossoms: Verses of Two Children," selected from the work of the preceding six years (New York, 1878);" In Berkshire with the Wild Flowers" (1879); and " Verses from Sky Farm," an enlarged edition of the preceding (1880).
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