American Women [a revised edition of Woman of the Century]: fifteen hundred biographies with over 1,400 portaits; a comprehensive encyclopedia of the lives and achievements of american women during the nineteenth century. Edited by Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore assisted by a corps of able contributors. [newly revised with the addition of a classified index; also many new biographies and recent portraits, together with a number of full-page illustrations. In two volumes.] New York: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, 1897 [republished by Gale Research Company, Detroit, 1973]. v. 2, page 772.
Wilcox, Mrs. Ella Wheeler, author, was born in Johnstown Center, Wis. Her parents were poor, but from them she inherited literary bent. Her education was received in the public schools of Windsor, Wis., and in the University of Wisconsin. She began to write poetry and sketches very early, and at the age of fourteen years some of her articles were published in the New York "Mercury." Two years later she had secured the appreciation of local editors and publishers, and from that time on she contributed largely to newspapers and periodicals. Soon after, she published "Drops of Water" (New York, 1872), a small volume on the subject of total abstinence. Her miscellaneous collection of verse entitled "Shells" (1883) was not successful, and it is now out of print. Her talents were used for the unselfish purpose of providing a comfortable home for her parents and caring for them during sickness. She has had the satisfaction of being a widely read author and of receiving a good price and ready sale for all she produces. In 1884 she became the wife of Robert M. Wilcox, of Meriden, Conn., and since 1887 they have resided in New York City. Her other works are "Maurine" (Chicago, 1875); "Poems of Passion" (Chicago, 1883); "Mal Moule'e," a novel (New York, 1885), and "Poems of Pleasure" (1888). She has published several novels and has written much for the syndicates.