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She Made Purses for the Junior and Senior Rose Festival Courts in the early 1970's

In l971, I was thrilled when I was asked to design the official purses and dresses for the girls of that year's Junior Rose Festival Court.

I was the owner and operator of a boutique shop in Lake Oswego known as "ORIGINAL ROO Baggerie Boutique." I still have the article from the June 1, 1971 edition of The Oregonian that has a picture of me holding a purse I'd just completed with the name "Leza" embroidered upon it!

News Article on Shirley

In 1972, there were two articles in the Oregon Journal with pictures of my handbags being held by the Princesses of the Senior Rose Festival. In 1973, I was again the creator of the official handbags for the Senior Court girls.

Senior Court with Shirley's Purses

Then on June 13, l974, there was a photo on the front page of the Lake Oswego Review entitled, "Princesses Take Time For Lake Oswego Tour." It tells about the Rose Festival Court visiting my shop in Lake Oswego to personally thank me for their official Senior Court purses.

Every year at Rose Festival time I wonder what has happened in the lives of each of those darling girls -- and if any of them still have their official Rose Festival Court purses...

~Shirley (Clarke) Benz (Tigard, Oregon)