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Ottawa in Putnam County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Frances Rappaport Horwich

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, March 31, 2019
1. Frances Rappaport Horwich Marker
Inscription.  
Frances Rappaport Horwich was born in Ottawa on July 16, 1907, the daughter of Sam Rappaport, an Austrian immigrant who operated a general store, and Rosa Gratz Rappaport, a Russian immigrant. The youngest of six children, she attended the Ottawa elementary school and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1924. After high school, she attended the University of Chicago where she earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and then taught first grade for three years. "Miss Frances," as she was called, then earned a master's degree from Columbia University in 1933 and a Ph.D. in 1942 from Northwestern University. From 1942 to 1952, she was involved in teaching and education development. The basic education she received in the Ottawa schools enabled her to achieve great skills and abilities.

Frances Rappaport Horwich is best known for the creation and development of an educational television program for pre-school children known as the Ding Dong School, which began in Chicago in 1952 and moved to New York City. The television program was aired on NBC through the 1950s and early 1960s and was watched by millions of children each morning.

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The program began with "Miss Frances" ringing an old fashion school bell followed by instruction and training. The show's great success was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award earned in April 1953. Miss Frances went on to become NBC's supervisor of children's programs, served educationally on the Association of Nursery Education and the American Education Fellowship boards, and was a member of the National Education Association. Frances Rappaport Horwich died on July 21, 2001, in Arizona.
 
Erected 2006 by ODAR, Pe-Ton-I-Quet of Tawa Chapter, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-69.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkCommunicationsEducationWomen. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1953.
 
Location. 41° 1.263′ N, 84° 2.218′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ohio, in Putnam County. Marker is on Pratt Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Waterworks Park, about 100 feet SW of the Ottawa Senior Center building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1035 E 3rd Street, Ottawa OH 45875, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Larry E. Cox (approx. half a mile away); The History of Night Baseball and Parks in Ottawa
Frances Rappaport Horwich Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, March 31, 2019
2. Frances Rappaport Horwich Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Putnam County Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Putnam County World War Memorial Clock (approx. half a mile away); Native Americans in Ottawa (approx. 0.7 miles away); Honor Their Sacrifice (approx. 0.7 miles away); Honor Our Veterans (approx. 0.7 miles away); Welcome to Pizza Hut Classic (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
 
Also see . . .
1. Miss Frances' New York Times Obituary. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Frances Horwich. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Frances Rappaport Horwich Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, March 31, 2019
3. Frances Rappaport Horwich Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,478 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.

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