Horn, Louise McCloy and Carol Burns Horn. Backyard Ballads. Presumed self-published by Carol Burns Horn. 32 unnumbered pages. 19.5 cm, stiff brown paper wrapper. Spine cracked but holding. Watermarked paper: “D Regal Antique.” This copy is inscribed and dated below a stanza of poetry on the first page: Xmas 1923 – To Andy of the Friendly Heart — Carol”. This volume is a collection of poems written by two women, whose family relationship has yet to be determined. Pages 1 – 20 hold 18 of Louise McCloy Horn’s poems, and pages 21 – 32 hold 10 poems of Carol Burns Horn, under the half-title “Child Rhymes and Other Poems by Carol Burns Horn.” Laid in loosely at the front is a manuscript poem titled “C.B.H.”, a paean to Carol Burns Horn signed by Lem C. Lewandowski.
Louise McCloy Horn (1869 – 1956) was born in North Ridgeville, Ohio and died in Lorain, Ohio. She was known as a poet, artist and teacher. She taught in the Lorain elementary schools. Her volumes of poems were : “Songs of the Lake”; “Songs of the Pioneers”; and, “Backyard Ballads.” Carol Burns Horn (1898 – 1949) is recorded as being buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.