Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lewis Heisler Ball Bacon Class of 1917

A donation to the Delmar Historical and Arts Society was made this week by Ann Brumbley.  It is a 1917 Delmar High School framed diploma.  The diploma belonged to Lewis Heisler Ball Bacon.   It is signed by J. Emory Chipman, Principal, J Frank Fleetwood, President, and William A. Melson Secretary. 

Lewis Heisler Ball Bacon was the son of Albert and Lizzie L. Bacon.  He was born June 10, 1900.  He was named after Dr. Lewis Heisler Ball a Delaware physician and politician of the Republican persuasion in the early 1900s.

Commencement for the class was held at the Elcora Theater.  His class of 1917 also included; George Burton German, Ruth Anna Fleetwood, Ida Elizabeth Ellis, Claude Ellis Phillips, Charles Benjamin Hutchinson, Grace Elliott, and Eugenia Wicks Browne.

After High School he attended Delaware College (University of Delaware).   In 1924 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College and did a two year internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital.  After his internship he located his medical practice to Pottsville, Pa.   With the exception of WW2 when he served in the Navy as a Doctor in Philadelphia he stayed in Pottsville.  He was an eye, ear, and throat Doctor.   His brother, Dr Walter Bacon had a practice in Pottsville and his sisters Emma and Elizabeth also lived in Pottsville.

Dr Bacon died at age 71 in 1972.  He had remained single.  He left a $25,000 Lewis H B Bacon, M D Memorial Education Fund with the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide loans to residents of Schuylkill County to attend medical school.  

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