The Baltimore Sun
February 17, 1982
Services set for Frances Bacon; author was a founder of Chimes
Memorial services for Frances Atchinson Bacon, a former librarian who wrote children's stories and was a founder of the School of the Chimes, will be held at 2:30 pm Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, North Charles street and Melrose avenue.
Mrs. Bacon who was 78 and lived in the 5500 block Kemper road, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital after being injured in a fall Friday.
In 1947, she was one of the founders of the school for children with emotional or motor impediments to learning. The school was then located at the Church of the Redeemer and is now in its own facility in Mount Washington. She was a member of the board of the school for 25 years after its founding.
Before helping to start the school, she studied the subject at the Indiana State Teachers College.
A native of Holly, Mich., who studied at the Carnegie Library School in Pittsburg, she worked in a library in Indianapolis before moving to Baltimore in 1928 with her husband. For several years after moving here, she worked at the Enoch Pratt Library, serving as assistant to the superintendent for work with children.
Her first children's book "The ABC Book of Giant Stories" was written with a fellow librarian in Indianapolis. They continued their collaboration on several books even after both left the area.
She also coauthored several children's books on the history of Maryland, including "The Lords Baltimore". which was published in 1962.
Shortly after moving to Baltimore, she wrote "Turkey Tale" which is based on the loss or theft of a white turkey with a purple necktie that a poultry dealer in Lexington Market kept as a pet.
Another children's book "Kitty Come Down" was based on an incident during a visit in the 1940s to friends in Massachusetts when her son was quarantined because of chicken pox and a kitten refused to leave a tree at the home they were visiting.
In the 1950s, she was a visiting lecturer in children's literature at Goucher College.
Mrs. Bacon in a 1948 interview in The Sun, described her children's books as being done "for fun".
In the same article, she suggested that mothers should tell children stories of family history "which no other author can accomplish".
Her husband, Hilary E. Bacon, is a partner in a firm of consulting chemical engineers.
In addition to her husband, her survivors include a son, Hilary E. Bacon III, of Baltimore, a daughter Albion B. Dunagan, of Gautier, Miss., and five grandchildren.
The family suggested that memorial donations be made to The Chimes, Inc.
same marker as Hilary E., III and Hilary E.
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