Nebraska Authors

Elmer Ellsworth Ferris

Born 1861-10-11 Fond du Lac, WI (USA)

Died 1951

Father of Nebraska Author Helen Ferris

Places Lived

Fond du Lac, WI
Hastings, NE
Lincoln, NE
Ashland, NE
East Orange, NJ
New York, NY
Manhattan, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Salesmanship; Youth Fiction; Fiction;


Professor of Sales Principles and Practice at the New York University School of Commerce

Places Worked

Tibbets, Morey and Ferris Law Firm, Hastings, NE
Ferris Law Firm, Lincoln, NE
New York University School of Commerce


Business Adventures of Billy Thomas. 1915.
Salesmanship. 1924.
Developing Sales Personality. 1925.
Industrial Gas Salesman. 1927.
Who Says Old. 1933.
Making a Go of Marriage. 1937.
Jerry of Seven Mile Creek. 1938.
Jerry at the Academy. 1940.
Jerry Foster, Salesman. 1942.

Short Stories:

"Baseball, Books, and Business", Outlook , Dec 30, 1914
"Billy Crowther Enlists", Outlook, Jun 19, 1918
"Billy Thomas Reorganizes", The American Magazine, May 1914
"Bringing Home the Bacon", The American Magazine, Mar 1915
"Codfish Versus Greek" (Pete Crowther, Salesman), Outlook, Aug 24, 1912
"Helping Out Ferris", The American Magazine, Apr 1917
"Joy Selling" (Pete Crowther, Salesman), Outlook, Nov 23, 1912
"Matter of Big Money" (Pete Crowther, Salesman), Outlook , Aug 1, 1914
"Particularly Prunes" (Pete Crowther, Salesman), Outlook, Sep 28, 1912

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