Ella Higginson is a poet who lived from 1862 – 1940. She published numerous short stories, poetry collections, and newspaper essays.
Ella Higginson Biography
Ella Rhoads Higginson is a poet born on January 28, 1862 in Council Grove, Kansas born toCharles Reeve Rhoads and Mary A. Rhoads. She was the youngest of six children, but only two were surviving at the time of her birth. The family migrated to the Pacific Northwest by wagon in 1863, settling in Oregon.
Higginson published her first poem “Dreams of the Past” at age 14 in The Oregon City newspaper in 1875. During her teenage years she worked at the newspaper The Oregon City Enterprise.
In 1885, she married druggist Russell Carden Higginson and the couple settled in Washington state. Russell Higginson died on May 14, 1909.
Her health began to decline in the 1930’s and spent much of the end of her life in seclusion. She died on December 27, 1940 in Bellingham, Washington.
Awards & Works of Ella Higginson
Higginson won a writing contest with the short story “The Takin’ In of Old Mis’ Lane,” in In 1894 which appeared in McClure’s magazine that December.
Higginson made several trips to Alaska during her lifetime, and published the book Alaska, the Great Country in 1908.
Notable works include The Vanishing Race, published in 1911 and Four-Leaf Clover: A Little Book of Verse, published in 1901. She also wrote the novel Mariella, of Out West,
Higginson was named the poet laureate of Washington State in 1931.