Nebraska Authors

Frances M. Ford

AKA: Frances Mary Wiggins

Pseudonym "Uncle Nat"

Born 1854-03-27 Horseheads, NY (USA)

Died 1956-06-15
Philadelphia, PA (USA)

The author wrote 'The Little Engine that Could' story under the pseudonym Uncle Nat in 1910. She did not receive royalties for her story because her identity was not known until she 99 years old. Other sources claim the story was written earlier than this.

Places Lived

Horseheads, NY
Center, WI
Harmony, WI
Chicago, IL
Janesville, WI
Council Bluffs, IA
Omaha, NE
Philadelphia, PA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism


Children's Fiction; Journalism


Children's Page Editor, Chicago Daily News

Places Worked

Chicago Daily News


Founder and former President of the Omaha Women's Club


The Little Engine That Could. 1911.

Journalist for Chicago Daily News

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