|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1863|
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1953|
Born on Sky Farm to Henry Sterling Goodale and Deborah "Dora" Hill Read. By the time she was 18 she had published 3 books of poetry and published a monthly journal called Child's Monthly Gem which change to Sky Farm Life. It was published for 11 years by hand. In December 1877 Mary Mapes Dodge, editor of St. Nicholas Magazine, started Elaine and her sister Dora's national careers. To improve their education, being home schooled the girls enrolled in a New York boarding school, Radcliffe ( then called Harvard Annex), for two terms.
In 1878 the girl's poetry was published under the title Apple Blossoms: verses of two Children and sold over 10,000 copies — yet none remember this milestone. In 1879 In Berkshire with Wild flowers and again in 1881 Verses from Sky Farm were published. Elaine published another book in 1881 called Journal of a Farmer's Daughter.
It was in this year Henry and Dora divorced. Henry moved to New York after the divorce was final, in 1882.
In 1882 Elaine accepted a teaching position at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Hampton, VA under General Armstrong, former commander of the 9th Coloured troops and founder of Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute for Coloured Education in 1886. By 1893 she was a competent teacher and had traveled to various "camps". She was a founding member the Indian Rights Association (1882).
In Sister to the Sioux she writes about her trips to the Sioux reservation taught her many things about Sioux culture, as a result she obtains a contract writing for several newspapers. Her articles are accepted as accurate reports of conditions by Indian agencies. She was promoted as the head of education to the Eight reservations of Sioux. She became fluent in all Sioux Dialects and was regarded as the only truthful "white," trusted enough that she was invited to Native meetings while they negotiated with the Prat Commission.
In 1889 She traveled east meeting white settlers and saw the poverty and squaller they too lived in. When she returned home she set up office in the Northampton home of her family and started writing for several newspapers and became a paid lecturer for The Women's National Indian's rights Association. Here she met Thomas J. Morgan, Indian Commissioner. Morgan creates The office of the Supervisor of education of the two Dakotas and Appoints Elaine the first Supervisor. She returned to Pine ridge only to witness the Wounded Knee affair and meet her future husband Charles Alexander Eastman, grandson of Seth Eastman, the painter and a Sioux doctor trained at Harvard. Ohiyesa, although born in Minnesota escaped with his uncle to Canada during the 1862 rebellion. His father was hung but Lincoln pardoned the Uncle Jacob Eastman when his identity was discovered.
Elaine and Charles were married in New York on 18 June 1891 to the shock and dismay of her family. The Wedding took place at the Church of the Ascension at 5th Ave. and 10th Street under Rev. E. Winchester Donald.
The couple was to suffer for their union, in spite of triumphs. Elaine edited much of Charles's writings and became depressed because he was successful and she surrendered her literary dreams to her husband. They had six children and scouting camps to run. With her husband 10 books were produced. Another 7 books were written by Elaine, Her last was Hundred Maples in 1935. The couple separated shortly after their daughter Irene died. Irene was a promising star of the stage. Charles reverted to a primitive life in Canada and never wrote again. At his death Elaine never wrote again.
Henry Sterling Goodale (1836 - 1906)
Charles Alexander Eastman (1858 - 1939)
Florence Bascom Eastman Prentiss (____ - 1930)*
Dora Winona Eastman (1892 - 1964)*
Irene Taluta Eastman (1894 - 1918)*
Virginia Eastman Whitbeck (1896 - 1991)*
Charles Alexander Eastman (1898 - 1940)*
Eleanor Eastman Mensel (1901 - 1999)*
Spring Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Feb 26, 2009
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