May 1st, 2007

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In the 1940's His Aunt Was Junior Court Chaperone and He Was Crown Bearer

In the late 1940's my Aunt Goldie Leek was the Head Chaperone for the Junior Court. In those days the Chaperone pretty much did it all, arranging the Princess Selections at the elementary schools, and setting up meeting places, coming up with dress and gown designs, making arrangements for the court automobiles and just about everything else you could think of that would be needed.

At the Queen's Coronation they used little boys as the Scepter and Crown Bearers --and little girls to carry backs of the long, flowing gowns. I was around four or five at the time, so my cousins (Mike and Patti Layman) and I were fortunate to have a chance to participate in these roles.

We carried the crown and scepter on little white pillows. I remember it well, because one time I dropped the crown to the ground when it slipped off the pillow and it rolled under some chairs. Fortunately the aisle was carpeted, so I only needed to pick it up and place back on the pillow. It didn't fall again, because I'd figured out it wouldn't slide off if it were placed upside down so the sharp points could kept it from sliding off again! That certainly wasn't how it was supposed to be done, but worked for me!

The Royal Crown
The Junior Crown, circa late 1940's

We were handsome young boys all decked out in our little white suits, white shoes and straw hats, just like the Royal Rosarians. We also got to accompany the Junior Court to all the events they attended during the weeks of the festival.

We were very proud to be part of the Portland Rose Festival -- and I have my Aunt Goldie to thank for having us participate. Thanks for letting me share this.

Al Webster today
Al Webster today

~Al Webster
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Attending the Navy League Ball in 1956

This picture is from the June 10, 1956 Oregon Journal newspaper. It shows the Rose Festival Navy Legue Ball, held in the Multnomah Hotel ballroom.

Shirley at the 1956 Navy League Ball

I attended that ball with my date -- we're the second couple from the top. Our group of officers were from the submarine, which I believe was called "The Portland Rose." (As I recall, it was one of the first -- or maybe even the only -- atomic submarines to come to port for the Rose Festival.)

Since I'd just turned 21, this was a birthday and Rose Festival to remember! I've been a great fan of the Rose Festival ever since, and I have been collecting the festival pins every year.

With our children in tow we never missed a parade.

~Mrs. Shirley Rae Klug