August 10&11, (Fri/Sat) Elsie is FREE on Amazon Kindle

10 Aug

I am doing another 48 hour promotion of Elsie – Arizona Teacher 1913-1916. If you do not have a kindle I am told that this app will work so you can read on computer or certain phones.

I would love some new reviews but am VERY thankful for 50 -mostly 5 star. Thanks readers. Reviews help it sell. Giving it away on kindle seems to boost sales. Please tell or share this with friends. Thanks.
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I want to share with you one of the delightful perks of hearing from readers in areas distant from Arizona.

Den Adler, from Wisconsin purchased ELSIE when visiting Arizona. He has written a generous review and now this nice article.  Den Adler wrote:

Former University of Wisconsin-Madison writing teacher Marshall Cook’s e-newletter Extra Innings came out today, and my essay about your book is on page three. Hope you enjoy it.


In praise of teachers from long ago


“Elsie Haye s Roberts often told her granddaughter,

Barbara Anne Waite, stories about the happy years
she taught school in primitive Arizona from 1913
to 1916. Elsie Hayes, valedictorian of the Long
Beach, CA, High School’s class of 1907, had been
hired as a mail-order teacher in Arizona just after
it was admitted to statehood and when Cornville,
the first town she taught in, lacked electricity and
running water.
After her grandmother died in 1987, Waite
began reading her grandmother’s “well-worn
black leather diary, not realizing it would reveal a
young Elsie I had never imagined. The diary told
of her first love, of heartache and sorrow, and of
fascinating adventure. Never had I pictured my
grandmother as being free-spirited, young, and in

love. My curiosity was stirred, and I began to
search for more records of her Arizona years.”
Thank goodness her granddaughter didn’t just
read and file the diary away as a family keepsake.
Instead, Barb Waite started researching letters and
newspapers and searched out and interviewedElsie’s

former students, including 84-year-old
Eva, who was eight when Elsie lived with her
family on Shadyvale Ranch in 1913.
Waite sent her questions to a newspaper near
Cornville (which was still too small to have its
own), and Eva answered. “I certainly do
remember Elsie Hayes,” she wrote. “She was my
third grade teacher, and I loved her! … The area
here was very primitive at that time, and my folks
wondered how the teachers would ever adjust to our ways of living.

But your grandmother, especially, adjusted beautifully.”
I discovered Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona
Schoolteacher 1913-1916 in an Arizona gift shop
during a recent visit with a friend. In this case, I
judged a book by its cover. Elsie was very pretty,
and her photograph surrounded by memorabilia
from that time, with mention of 1916, the year my
dad was born, led me to pick up the book.
Waite includes short notes to help readers
understand items in Elsie’s diary and letters and
inserted delightful photographs that Elsie took of
her students and their surroundings.
The book tells of Karl, a cowboy who fell in love with Elsie
and entered college to make himself worthy of her.
Decades later, Waite’s question about her grandmother’s early loves brought Elsie to
tears. “There was this cowboy …,” she began, but that’s all she said, and Waite
didn’t discover the reason for the tears until she read Elsie’s diary and discovered
newspaper clippings. The book also includes memories from Elsie’s now-aging students,

which remind us that we will usually never know the influence we have had in
children’s lives. I was reminded of Elsie’s story a couple of weeks ago when a friend and I had one of our photographic day trips, this time to Old World Wisconsin, a living museum in the Kettle Moraine area south of Eagle. OWW is made up of 18th and early 19th-century buildings relocated from all over Wisconsin. This photo shows the one-room Raspberry School in the Norwegian Area, and the re-enactor “teacher” is outside the door with a basket. The day was ending, and I didn’t have time to visit the school or meet her.
With only a few minutes until closing time, I stupidly didn’t wait for a tram to carry me back to the entrance but instead started walking, as I had been doing the entire day. I chose the wrong route, however, and after 20 minutes, when I saw a tram approaching I waved it down. It wasn’t full of visitors like me, but of reenactors heading to their cars. The teacher was sitting across from me and was telling her coworkers that a 12-year-old boy made her day when he asked, “Were all the teachers back then as nice as you are?”

I wanted to tell her I knew of one who was.”

Thanks Den for this great article!

If you are interested I have had fun adding a board on Pinterest that is mainly Victorian

photos and paintings of women and children reading. There are some fun quotes about reading.

The site is :

The photo of girl with a Kodak camera is from 1910 and I imagine it is much like the one Elsie

took to college and then to Arizona.  It is also included on my Pinterest page.

Thanks readers for letting me know you have enjoyed my book. It is a huge blessing to hear from readers and reviews are chocolate incing on the cake !

One Response to “August 10&11, (Fri/Sat) Elsie is FREE on Amazon Kindle”

  1. Mary Lou EVans March 30, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Enjoyed the book so much – am wondering exactly where the Shadyvale Ranch was located and if building are still there? I live in Cornville so always interested in local history… thanks for any info.. Mary Lou

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