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Her Mother Was Junior Queen and her Sister Was a Junior Princess

My mother was a Junior Rose Festival Queen and my sister was a Junior Rose Festival Princess.

My mother, Wilma (Davis) Curtis, was Junior Queen of the Rose Festival back in 1937. She was then nine years old. Her Junior Prime Minister that year was Robert Henry, who was twelve.

On Sunday, June 13, 1937, she christened the new all-Pullman -- Southern Pacific's New Cascade Train, just before the initial run. Later on October 18, of that year she cut the ribbon to open the new super-highway that connected the Oregon City super-highway with McLoughlin boulevard and Union Avenue (the Southeast Union Avenue Schiller street super-highway).

She planted the first rose in the Rose Garden at Grant Park (it was white) and underneath the rose was a vial with her name on it. (This rose was later moved to Washington Park.) She appeared in both the Junior and Grand Floral Parades that year. She rode on top of a beautiful float with the appearance of a swan.

Mother also bought the first defense savings stamp sold in Oregon, from Russell M. Colwell, Vice President of the First National bank.

Later, in her her high school years, she was the majorette for the Roosevelt high school band and marched in the Grand Floral Parade. She currently resides with her husband, Dean, in Portland.

My sister, Nancy (Curtis) Haning was Junior Princess in 1966. She represented District 3. Her Prince was Donald Clark. This was the last year Princes were part of the Rose Festival. From that point on there were only Junior Princesses.

Nancy planted a rose at Peninsula Park (it was coral colored). Her family built the float that she rode on for the Junior Parade and the name was, "Sweet and Lovely." They built a fountain with cascading flowers and it took 2 days to build it.

~Deana Campbell

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