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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, December 5, 1957
HE'S 104 TODAY: J. J. Empie is observing his 104th birthday today at his 615 Church St. home. A few relatives and friends are coming tonight for a birthday dinner. Among congratulatory messages Empie has received is one from President Eisenhower.