Nebraska Authors

Marguerite Harmon Bro

AKA: Mrs. Albin C. Bro

Born 1894-08-05 David City, NE (USA)

Died 1977-02
Park Forest, IL (USA)

Cable, WI (USA)
Greenwood Cemetery

Following her husband, Albin C. Bro, Marguerite Harmon Bro served for many years as a Christian missionary in China. Her husband was also a Chicago based educator who served 1939-1949 as president of Francis Shimer women's junior college, and he was a reserve United States Foreign Service officer who served as a U.S. cultural attaché in China. The family was prominent in spiritualist circles. Albin Bro co-founded the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship with fellow spiritualists Arthur Ford (Ford was a fraud artist who faked several famous séances) and Paul Higgins. Marguerite Bro herself helped bring national attention to the career of clairvoyant Edgar Cayce through a September, 1943 article in Coronet Magazine. She also co-wrote Arthur Ford's "autobiography," Nothing So Strange, 1958.

Marguerite Bro published many children's books and books on religious topics, she was also a playwright, and wrote magazine articles on spiritualism, organic gardening and nutrition.

Places Lived

David City, NE
St.Paul, MN
Ashland, WI
Lincoln, NE
Indianapolis, IN
Chicago, IL
Nanking, CHINA
Tsingtao, CHINA
Kuling, CHINA
Park Forest, IL
Cable, WI

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Biography


Religion; Fiction; Folk Tales; Indonesia; Young Adult Nonfiction; Biographies; Spiritualism


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, 1917, Cotner College, Bethany, NE
Graduate Studies, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Graduate Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Graduate Studies, University of Nanking, CHINA
Doctor of Letters Degree, Northland College, Ashland, WI


Ordained Minister in Disciples of Christ

Places Worked

Harper and Brothers Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Congregational Council for Social Action


Urban Scene. 1938.
When Children Ask. with Frank O'Hara, 1940.
Thursday at Ten. 1942.
Every Day a Prayer. 1943.
Let's Talk About You. 1945.
Why Church? 1947.
More Than We Are. 1948.
Sarah. 1949.
Su-Mei's Golden Year. 1950.
In the One Spirit: Autobiography of Mrs. Harrie Vernette Rhodes as told to M. H. Bro. 1951.
Invitation to the Theater. with Frank O'Hara, 1951.
Stub: A College Romance. 1952.
Three and Domingo. 1953.
Indonesia, Land of Challenge. 1954.
Nothing So Strange. 1958. (Autobiography of Arthur A. Ford in collaboration with M. H. Bro.)
Never a Dull Day. 1963. (A biography by Myrtle L. Walgreen as told to M. H. Bro)
The Animal Friends of Peng. 1965.
How the Mouse Deer Became King. 1966.
Today Makes a Difference. 1970.
The Book You Always Wanted to Read. 1974.

Has also published many articles in :
Christian Century
Atlantic Monthly
Parent Magazine

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