Ottawa in Putnam County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Frances Rappaport Horwich
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.
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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. The program began with "Miss Frances" ringing an old fashion school bell followed by instruction
Erected 2006 by ODAR, Pe-Ton-I-Quet of Tawa Chapter, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-69.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in Waterworks Park, about 100 feet SW of the Ottawa Senior Center building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1035 E. 3rd Street, Ottawa OH 45875, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Crawfis College (approx. 4.1 miles away); Pandora Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); Columbus Grove Municipal Pool (approx. 6½ miles away); Columbus Grove Veterans Memorial Flagpole (approx. 7 miles away); Oglevie Post 64 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 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.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Charity & Public Work • Communications • Education • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 964 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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