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Hortense Howard was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1927. Soon afterwards, her family moved to Ann Arbor, where she and her sisters became known as the “Bacon Sisters” for their choral performances at sorority houses and other venues. Ms. Howard attended a music school in Detroit because she “wanted to sing like Sarah Vaughan,” and she met many African American singers while working at the Gotham Hotel. She ran her own daycare, Sitters Unlimited Family Day Care, in Ann Arbor for twenty years.
Ann Arbor News, June 12, 1943
Pictured above is Miss Frieda Huggett (left), paying a visit to one of Ann Arbor's foster homes where children of war workers are cared for while the parents are helping Uncle Sam in the war plants. The foster mother is Mrs. Ralph Bartolacci, of Eighth St., who is with three of the children placed in her care. Many more homes are needed for children whose parents are employed in the factories.