Nebraska Authors

Louise Wilhelmina Mears

Born 1874 Beatrice, NE (USA)

Died 1965-04-17

Louise Mears established the William Gaede Memorial Book Collection at the Auburn, Nebraska Public Library. Her father H.M. Mears furnished the bricks for some of the first buildings erected for Peru State Teachers College. She donated funds to establish the Louise Mears medal award for geographic research at State Teachers' Colleges, Peru, Nebraska and Moorhead, Minnesota. Mears wrote the history of Downs Chapel, a church near Nebraska City.

The Nebraska State Historical Society has a Louise Wilhelmina Mears collection.

Places Lived

Beatrice, NE
Auburn, NE
Lincoln, NE
Nebraska City, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


History; Education; Non-fiction - schools; Non-fiction - churches


Peru State Teachers College, Peru, NE
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI


Head of the Geography dept. and Research Staff (Milwaukee State Teacher's College)

Places Worked

Milwaukee State Teachers' College


Fellowship in Royal Society of Arts and Science


Related to Frank and Ed Bartling (Prominent businessmen and citizens of Nebraska City)
Dr. Carroll Pearse (Educator and Secretary General of the Horace Mann league)


The Hills of Peru: A Geographical and Historical Sketch. 1911.
The Life and Times of a Midwest Educator: Carroll Gardner Pearse. 1944.
The Hills of Peru: Nebraska Lore. 1948.
Hills of Peru: Part Two, a Geographical and Historical Sketch. 1948.
The Hills of Peru: Nebraska Lore. 1948. (A republication by Union College Press, of the above with added material)
They Come and Go: short biographies. 1955.

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