My husband andI visited your wonderful exhibit (in 2001) at the old pumphouse.I was charmed with the lovely photos and knew or had known many of thepeople in the black and white pictures having grown up in Saugatuck.
Dick Hoffmanof the
The SaugatuckWoman's Club hosted the local contest with an artist from Ox-Bow and a funeraldirector acting as judges. We were told to "wear a nice dress," walk,turn around and SMILE, SMILE, SMILE ! No bathing suitswould be required. (fine with me.)
A number of girls entered thelocal contest from the Village. I still hear from people about that night. Fora small town it was a BIG EVENT!
In Allegan thestakes became higher as we girls from all over the county competed at thefairgrounds. Miss Wayland was the number one candidate,followed by Miss Martin and then, Miss Saugatuck.
I was honoredto participate and was given $150 - $50 for the Village, $50 for the highschool and $50 for me.
The next yearI crowned Linda Maas of Saugatuck and she was a lovely queen.
I don't knowif any of this "by gone" information will a useful to theSaugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, or not, but I did enjoy your exhibit.
Michelle Boas (Heller) MissSaugatuck,1956