Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (HMNVJ)

Location: Waunakee, WI 53597 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 12.398', W 89° 24.353'

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"Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone"

Wisconsin's most famous poet, who penned these lines, grew up on a Town of Westport farm located on the south side of Easy Street east of County I. She attended a one-room country school a half-mile east of that intersection. From 1917 to 1962, an elementary school at that site was named in her honor.

Two of Ella's essays appeared in the New York Mercury when she was only fourteen. Her prolific pen produced forty books, numerous magazine articles and a nationally syndicated advice column. She became a world traveler, patroness of aspiring young writers and internationally acclaimed celebrity.

Her poetry had a sentimental appeal that touched millions of hearts. She loved people and they loved her. No other Wisconsin poet has commanded such a large audience.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number20
Year Placed1982
Placed ByDane County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 2:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 304555 N 4786571
Decimal Degrees43.20663333, -89.40588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 12.398', W 89° 24.353'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 12' 23.88" N, 89° 24' 21.18" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5247-5285 Co Hwy I, Waunakee WI 53597, US
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