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June 6th, 2007

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She Was the Marshall Princess in 1977

I was the Princess for Marshall high school in 1977. It was truly an honor to represent my school and student body for such a great event and celebration. It was also my honor to take the Rose Festival Princesses and chaperones through the Freightliner Truck Assembly Plant where my father worked as Chassis Line Foreman.

We also went to the Old Spaghetti Factory where I then worked as a hostess and had lunch.

I met so many people who were fantastic and fun to be with and I had so many wonderful and exciting new experiences I'll remember forever.

I still keep in touch with most of my Court -- we e-mail each other, send Christmas cards and just generally keep in contact.

I'm very proud to be part of Rose Festival history and have made some wonderful friends!

I want to wish all new and old Princesses and Queens, the Rose Festival Staff and Oregonians the best of luck -- and may the happy spirit of Rose Festival be with you always.

~Annette Bolton-Canham (Marshall Princess, 1977)
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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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She Remembers 1968 Queen Maggie from St. Mary's Academy

While reading The Oregonian on March 5, 2007, I noticed that the the photo and caption on page B2 contains an error! The photograph of the Rose Festival Court -- in 'fetching' ski attire, featuring Queen Margaret Mary Huelskamp ('with tiara') -- is a fun flashback to 1968! I remember the year well, as I had just completed my freshman year at St. Mary's Academy (located in downtown Portland).

Queen Margaret -- affectionately known by all of us as 'Maggie' -- had just completed her senior year at St. Mary's - NOT Cleveland High School, as noted in the caption!

In those good old days, an 'Independent' Princess was chosen from several non-Public Portland schools, which included St. Mary's, North Catholic (demolished in a fire in 1970) and Holy Child Academy (now closed). Margaret Huelskamp was the Independent representative from that year -- and the first ever Rose Festival Queen selected from St. Mary's Academy! This seems hard to believe, given the charm and loveliness of St. Mary's girls -- and the longevity of the high school (which was established in the mid-1800's) -- but is a fact.

Traditionally the newly-selected Queen of Rosaria would make a special visit to her alma mater after the Queen's selection to be cheered and honored at an assembly. I remember standing with a mob of happy St. Mary Academy girls outside the school singing a song to the tune of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" about our new queen. Most of the lyrics we'd made up escape me, but I do remember the ending lines were: "It took a long, long time to get a Queen -- But Maggie got us there!"

There was also 'high drama' during the Queen's selection at Memorial Coliseum, when Maggie dropped her bouquet of roses while making the deep and dramatic curtsy to the audience prior to her speech. The Oregonian carried a large photo of this event which I still have inside my cherished high school scrapbook of 'Important Life Events.'

In spite of her mishap, Margaret Huelskamp went on the become the 1968 Queen from St. Mary's Academy!

~Martha Mangan Younie (SW Portland -- Class of 1971, St. Mary's Academy)