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She Was the Jefferson Princess in 1934

Back in 1934 there were eight Princesses on the Rose Festival Court. It was a great honor to be chosen and to meet the members from the various schools. We became good friends in a short time and were able to select our own Queen that year.

There were no judges then and we girls selected Beth Skinner from Franklin as our favorite.

Helen on float

We lived at the Portland Hotel which was then located at Sixth and Morrison [now Pioneer Courthouse Square], where we were fitted for our regal attire and instructed in the proper procedures for royalty. We needed all the help we could get!

Talisman roses
Talisman Roses

The Queen carried red roses every day, but all the Princesses carried Talisman roses, which was the rose of that year. Our gowns were made of taffeta to match the gorgeous shades of our rose, with hats to match. The large, pleated brim of the hat protected, as well as added color and 'pizzazz' to our appearance.

I mostly enjoyed our visitations to the Veterans Parade and Doernbecher Children's Hospital and the Shrine Children's Hospital. I was impressed by the way these little patients greeted us and liked to listen to their stories.

We were escorted by the Royal Rosarians almost daily as we attended philanthropic and service organizations at luncheons and dinners where we met members who contributed and supported many community programs.

Helen on float

It was a tremendous gift to me to be able to take part in this unforgetable experience in a fantasy of flowers and festivities -- with people who help to make the Rose Festival greater every year.

~Helen Betty Axelson Strudgeon