The New International Encyclopædia/Wiggin, Kate Douglas

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The New International Encyclopædia
Wiggin, Kate Douglas
Edition of 1905. See also Kate Douglas Wiggin on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

WIG'GIN, Kate Douglas (1857—). An American writer, born in Philadelphia, Pa.; the daughter of Robert N. Smith, a lawyer. She was early taken by her parents to Hollis, Maine; was educated at Abbot Academy, Andover, Mass.; removed to California in 1876, studied kindergarten methods at Los Angeles under Emma Marvedel, taught for a year in the Santa Barbara College, and then organized at San Francisco the first free kindergarten on the Pacific Coast, meeting with great success as a teacher. In 1888 she removed to New York City. She was married in 1880 to Samuel Bradley Wiggin, a San Francisco lawyer, who died in 1889, and in 1895 she was married to George C. Riggs. Among her published stories, several of which have been widely popular, are: The Story of Patsy (1889); Timothy's Quest (1890); A Cathedral Courtship (1893); Polly Oliver's Problem (1893); Marm Lisa (1896); Penelope's Progress (1898); Penelope's Experience in Ireland (1901); Diary of a Goose Girl (1902); and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903). She also published: The Birds' Christmas Carol (1888); Nine Love Songs and a Carol (1896); and, with her sister, Nora A. Smith, Froebel's Gifts (1895); Froebel's Occupations (1896); and Kindergarten Principles and Practice (1896).