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He Was a 1939 Junior Court Prince

Fortunately, Dad Hoder was very proud of my participation in the 1939 Rose Festival and saved every newspaper, letter from the Portland Rose Festival Association and all the school correspondence. The 31st Annual Junior Rose Festival's Chairman was Ray E. Garner and the Executive Secretary was Aileen Brong. (Cost of mailing back then was two cents!)

The original photographs are a family treasure to this day!

Here's my recap of what I gleaned from these old newspapers...

In 1939 on Monday night, May 8, Prince Gerald (Jerry) Hoder was winner over five other contestants at the Alberta Theater. Princess Jeannien was named from a field of six little girls. Jerry was a student at Highland school and Jeannien attended Kennedy. They were chosen to represent the Woodlawn-Alberta District.

Queen Dorene Rae Long of Peninsula school and Prime Minister, Marvin Olson of Ockley Green school were chosen May 24 during the Junior Selection and Coronation held at Benson Polytechnic Auditorium.

I remember dance instruction and participating in the following events: the planting of ten rose buses in Grant Park (June 3), a Rose Sunday ceremony in Washington Park Test Garden (June 4), a luncheon at the East Side Commercial Club (June 7), the evening Coronation of the Queen of Rosaria, riding on the East Side Commercial Club float (June 9) and appearing in the Junior Rose Festival Parade (that ran west on Sandy Boulevard from 52nd Avenue to Broadway, north on NE 33rd Avenue and East on US Grant place to the Grant Bowl disband area).

The Junior Queen wore a jewel-studded tiara and a sweeping, lace-trimmed satin gown. The Princesses were dressed in pastel shaded costumes with matching polk bonnets. The Prime Minister and Princes all wore white junior Rosarian suits made of white flannel. The Queen sat on a gold throne under a canopy of solid gold and yellow iris. The base of the float was silvered oak leaves with an abundance of red roses.

I remember that each Prince and Princess were on their own float made by their individual districts. The Junior Court also attended a picnic at Blue Lake Park and another event at Peninsula Park. Professional photographs were taken of each of the participants in their formal dress.

~Jerry (& Maurine) Hoder

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