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She Was Queen in 1938

In June of 1937, my father announced that we were leaving the Dust Bowl of Wichita, Kansas and driving to Portland, Oregon. As we drove into town, our car was stopped by where the Grand Floral Parade was disbanding!

I entered Grant as a senior and became the 'Dust Bowl Queen' of 1938. On the parade route people would ask me for a rose, saying, "I'm from Kansas." I looked around my float at the end, and the roses were gone within arm's length -- only chicken wire remained. It made me so happy that so many of my fellow Kansans had found this dream of a city with roses could be found climbing up telephone poles and in many parking strips.

I'm so glad my father brought me and my two sisters kicking and screaming across the Rockies to Portland. Now I have a formal sunken rose garden and a Paul Scarlet rose climbing up my telephone pole. I'm a truly happy Oregonian of 69 years and have six sons who also love Portland.

~Frances Hulse Boly (1938 Queen)

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